Breed: Belgian crossBaron was acquired through a private donation in 2007. He is one of the most docile, well-tempered horses, despite being the largest in the unit. In fact, part of his training was formally in dressage.
Age: 16 Breed: Clydesdale crossHe was named after Frederick Law Olmsted – the “Father of Landscape Architecture” and the designer of Boston’s Emerald Necklace. Fred is the senior member of the unit, and has proven to be a true all-around performer.
Breed: Clydesdale Hackney crossJake was acquired in 1998 from Ontario, Canada. He is a New England Mounted Police Association Obstacle Course Blue Ribbon Winner, and has placed in the North American Police Equestrian Championship.
Breed: Clydesdale Hackney crossLiberty was named and numbered in honor of those who lost their lives as a result of the September 11, 2001 tragedy. He is the most athletic horse in the unit, and always brings out the best in his riders.
Breed: Clydesdale Hackney crossMystic is the only mare in the unit. She was acquired in 2008 from Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and has the most gentle disposition of all six horses. The rangers have described Mystic as embodying “efficiency with kindness.”
Breed: Percheron cross.Winston served for the Portland, Maine Police Department, and was used in a therapeutic riding program for individuals with special needs. In 2006, the therapeutic riding program was downsized and Winston was donated to the Boston Park Rangers as a request by his former mounted officer.