Irish Draught gelding, Boz, retired in 2009 to the Lincolnshire equine rescue and welfare Charity after serving with the Greater Manchester Police.
Rachel Jenkinson, Bransby Farm manager and a former police stable manager with the City of London Police, said: “He was a very special horse. Wherever he went, he made such an impression.
“Our teams at our charity did a wonderful job caring for him. He was a gentle giant, and a favourite with all of them. He was good to do in all ways despite his size and was kind and gentle with staff, volunteers, children and all our visitors. He touched the hearts of so many.”
Boz had enjoyed a happy retirement at the charity’s Walklands Yard, under team leader Lucy Greaves.
Lucy said: “We will miss Boz so much, but we’re happy in the knowledge that he had a long, happy retirement following his career.
“The team at Bransby celebrated Boz’s 30th Birthday this year, which is a significant achievement for a horse of his size.
“I’d like to personally thank Philip Lord of GW Lord of Gainsborough, who put Boz to sleep with their usual professional and caring manner, and thanks also go to our amazing vets, Lara and Lauren, who always make such difficult decisions that bit easier to bear.”
The Greater Manchester’s High Sheriff’s Trust kindly donated the cost of Boz’s cremation, and the teams are planning to scatter Boz’s ashes at the Bransby site.