Massachusetts State Police mourn loss of 24-year-old Clydesdale
"What seemed like a horse having his way with you was in fact a horse teaching you to get the best out of yourself. No small feat, but he made many a solid mounted Trooper throughout his career."
ACTON, Mass. (WLNE) – The Massachusetts State Police Department announced the loss of their longest tenured member, a 24-year-old Clydesdale/Hackney horse named Magnum.
State police said over Magnum’s 21 years as a member of the department’s Mounted Unit, Magnum saw it all.
State police said from Massachusetts, to Washington D.C., “Magnum has been a mainstay at everything from daily patrols of the states beaches and parks to summer camps and parades, large scale events at Gillette Stadium, the Esplanade and various other venues. During all of those duties Magnum became a favorite of the public no matter where we were.”
Magnum came to Massachusetts State Police at just three-years-old, and established himself as the “go-to horse” of the fleet.
Described as steady and strong, the department said it was almost as if Magnum was born to do the job.
“‘Bombproof’ is a horse term that can be thrown around loosely at times, but with Magnum it was the absolute perfect description,” State police said on Saturday.
The department said Magnum was a gentle soul when the situation allowed, but when the lights came on and the Unit had to be ready for anything, Magnum was “in front leading the charge.”
“What seemed like a horse having his way with you was in fact a horse teaching you to get the best out of yourself. No small feat, but he made many a solid mounted Trooper throughout his career,” the department said.
Massachusetts State Police said that even in his final days, Magnum took everything in stride, with a calm and loving demeanor.
“A kind and gentle giant who will always be remembered fondly by all of the Unit members that have come through our facility, and by the public as well. Magnum, rest easy pal. You’ve earned it! Your paddock in the heavens awaits.” Massachusetts State Police said.