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Former Portland Mounted Patrol horse shines in retirement with first show

Posted: Updated: Aug 25, 2017 05:01 PM
Photo: Save Portland's Mounted Patrol Facebook page Photo: Save Portland's Mounted Patrol Facebook page
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A horse who served in the Portland Police Bureau’s Mounted Patrol Unit has settled into retirement with new pastures.

Randy and Jean Snow own Murphy, one of the horses that were retired when the bureau formally decommissioned the patrol on August 16.

The Snows raised Murphy from a foal but had to find a new home for him since they had too many horses. Murphy was taken into the Mounted Patrol, something the Snows called “an invaluable experience” in a Facebook post shared Friday. 

During his stint with the PPB, Murphy became well known for his size and for slimming down with the help of a trainer.

Now back home with the Snows, Murphy took part in his first horse show of retirement last weekend and was quite successful, according to John

"He just cleaned house and he won everything there was to win. Everyone fell in love with him," Snow told FOX 12. "(We have) big plans for him, stuff with Wounded Warriors and some therapy stuff for children."

Portland police tweeted out a congratulatory message in response to the news, saying “Way to go Murphy!” 

Murphy is not done showing off his skills, yet. Snow said that because of his temperament and stature, Murphy is getting ready to compete in dressage competitions, proof that you can train an old dog, or an old horse, new tricks.

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