“Admiral” Gypsy Vanner

A horse that has served in the Houston Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit for nearly a decade has retired to Henry’s Home in Conroe.

Henry’s Home Equine Director Krista Venezie said for the past few years “Admiral” the Gypsy Vanner has been trained and ready to serve and protect, including with the riot squad for crowd control, Minute Maid Park for baseball games, concerts and other events.

She shared the fairly-rare breed of horse was originally bred in Europe to pull gypsy carts during the day and to watch over children at night while parents sat around the fire. The gentle giant’s mature temperament served the police department well, she said, but then Admiral began to experience an issue.

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