Sheriff retiring a "Special" horse

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Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 2:44 pm | Updated: 6:02 pm, Fri Nov 1, 2013.

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL - After 17 years in the Sarasota County mounted patrol "Special" a now 22 year old thoroughbred is retiring.

Special has worked every major event in the area including fairs, spring breaks on beaches, mall details during the holiday season. Even working a Superbowl in Tampa and other college football games. Her last big event was the Republican National Convention in Tampa last year.

Seven years ago Special was diagnosed with Lymphangitis in her left leg which caused it to swell. Deputies in the mounted patrol unit say she will be missed. "She has been such a faithful servant. Just about every new rider that has come into the mounted patrol unit since 1996 this was their first mount on the street because of her tolerance to new riders," says Sgt. Chris Laster.

So what's going to happen to Special? Tune in tonight on ABC 7 for the complete story.

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  • Angfreda posted at 4:19 pm on Sat, Nov 2, 2013.

    Angfreda Posts: 3

    This is the link to the discussion of some of the less than thrifty horse at Mill Creek:!

  • Angfreda posted at 4:17 pm on Sat, Nov 2, 2013.

    Angfreda Posts: 3

    Josh Taylor, this horse is being retired to Mill Creek, a retirement home that has come up on the radar of experienced horsepeople across the country due to concerns of very thin horses on the farm being managed in a one-size-fits-all style that means some are not thriving.
    This horses Special has a very serious condition, Lymphangitis, which needs special care and attention which many are concerned this facility will not be able or willing to offer her. Please see the comments and concerns at the link below, and perhaps follow up on the care offered there and the sad condition of some of the nearly 140 horses this facility is caring for.



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