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August 26, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Bad joke. The horse laughed

I know why jellyfish come up on the beach.

They are looking for their other half – you know, peanut butter.

You were warned by the title.

It’s enough to make a horse laugh.

horses making silly faces. "Wait. Wait. Let me fluffy my hair first!" There's always some boy making faces when there's a camera. (July, 2019. GMA Summer Road Trip.Smash's Facebook.)

“Wait. Wait. Let me fluffy my hair first!” There’s always some boy making faces when there’s a camera.(GMA Summer Road Trip.Smash’s Facebook.)

One horse in the Houston Mounted Patrol is sure to give you a big grin.

We love our police horses here (It’s Texas, right?.) I can’t remember a time when horses were not part of the force – although the current HPD barn is definitely an upgrade (and none deserve it more).

Visitors are quite welcomed to visit.

Horse and child. Smash the HPD patrol horse stretching to reach a pepermint offered by small girl in a Supergirl costume. (Screenshot. Smash's Facebook Timeline)

Supergirl meets super horse. Smash ready to gently accept a  favorite treat: a peppermint.(Screenshot. Smash’s Facebook Timeline)

Smash, a nine year old registered American Paint Horse who’s full name is Box Office Smash, is definitely Hollywood material.

Not only a former show horse who really enjoys interacting with people rather than just tolerating them, Smash is also the only deaf mounted police patrol horse in the country.

Being deaf may even be beneficial in some situations, but his coworkers say his other senses are quite sharp and utilized.

His one blue eye and one brown eye only emphasizes to his uniqueness.

 Team Smash Girls at HPD horse barn grooming Smash the horse they sponsor (Screewnshot. ABC Local-ish/ You Tube)

Team Smash Girls at HPD horse barn with the horse they work all year to sponsor. (ABC Local-ish/You Tube)

In Hollywood style, he’s a celebrity with devoted fans: Team Smash, a group of 5 special needs girls, noticed the handsome horse didn’t have a fancy nameplate outside his stall during one of their visits learning how to care for horses.

They inquired and discovered that companies or groups can sponsor a horse which means they pay the horse’s bills. Well, they also get to rename it.

You can guess the rest. It wasn’t easy to raise the $5,000.00 needed, but these girls felt a kinship. They did it. (HPD video as they present a check for Smash. Listen to girls explain why they picked him.)

They declined to change his name as they felt “Smash” already had rock star quality. Since 2013, Team Smash have made sure their adopted horse has not only a grand sign, but plenty of companionship and hands-on care when off duty.

It’s been win-win for all involved. “Deaf HPD horse is an inspiration to others with disabilities”

Of course there’s a book about it all. (But these days, too sweet a story for the big screen).

Team Smash, Five Amazing Girls. One Amazing Horse by Artemis Greenleaf, tells Smash’s story, how Team Smash was born, and how a horse with a disability has helped a group of young women accept their own.” Part of the purchase price goes to Smash’s upkeep.

The glamorous horse photo bombed a recent GMA Summer Road Trip show here. He was featured in ABC’s Local-ish. (video here)

Keep up with his latest antics, community service, and horse laff pictures: Smash’s Facebook page.

Still, Smash has no plans for California dreaming or America’s Got Talent since he’s got all four feet firmly on the ground here.

And then there’s family.

Horse and rider. Smash the HPD horse at kid event at HEB (Screenshot Smash's Facebook HPD timeline)

“Whoa. Those carrots are for me, right? After the show?” Recent back to school event.(Smash’s FB/HPD timeline)

You know how police work often runs in families? Now true with police horses.

Smash proudly welcomed his daughter, who is not hearing impaired, into HPD mounted patrol force.

Kitty recently moved in near dad and is completing her training. Soon the father daughter pair will be patrolling together – also a first in the nation.  (Hmmm, wonder if she has a matching Astros baseball cap.)

“Smash is a real stud – and his daughter, Kitty, is the proof” (Read how she’s following in her dad’s hoof steps.)

Both father and daughter are featured below – with a bit about Smash’s story

Can’t paint a prettier picture than this.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Horse. Paint horse Box Office Smash Houston. Mounted Patrol Horse Smash (From Facebook timeline)

“Don’t let my stuffed animal good looks fool you. That’s a real police officer’s badge on my chest. Not a toy. Get it? Not a toy chest.” HaHa. Well, at least the horse has a sense of humor. You were warned in the title.(Facebook)

 

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  1. easyweimaraner / Aug 26 2019 7:10 am

    we love Smash… and we love the team! sadly police horses are now rare here… I liked to see them in parks or in towns… but in future times the police comes with electric scooters …if the sun shines of course, because that’s the way to win electricity … a little sad that something I knew for my whole life becomes history now…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 26 2019 8:03 am

      The big city police force tried to “modernize” a while back, but even with bikes, Segway vehicles, scooters, motorbikes, foot beat cops – but they quickly found a horse can maneuver faster and now effectively in the city scene. They have even added more horses for crowd control at events – the horses are big and move calmly and firmly when needed to guide people where they need to go without violent confrontation. Most humans don’t like to get stepped on or kicked. Most will not hurt a horse and really want to pet them ( and it’s a serious crime to injure a police dog or horse here). I’m glad the horses are recognized as an important part of the community. They got tired of being lawn ornaments – every one needs a job to feel productive and contributing to the world. The horses make people act more human – hopefully you will see a return, too.
      Thanks for hoofing it over here to chat

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  2. Ally Bean / Aug 26 2019 7:30 am

    A wonderful story. I ❤ Smash. Cute and personable, what a great horse.

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Aug 26 2019 7:32 am

    Gotta love horses. I had a humongous horse (18 hands) when I was a young adult. That horse was silly and goofy and so gentle with me. I love that the police horses have “lives.” They are not just things that police events but personalities with their own following. We have some locally used mostly for events.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 26 2019 2:11 pm

      Horses are really good for kids of all types and ages. We “had” the ranch horses when they weren’t working…I think they were all smarter than any kid who tried to tell them what to do HaHa.
      After experimenting with “modern” motorized/pedaled police transport, the big city has returned to more horses for crowd/event protection and control. (Horses have their own riot gear) I’ve seen Smash in Astro gear before games.Somehow the horses can wear that and still look authoritative while police dogs can’t.
      Smash looks like the horse I always wanted to own (it was so not “cultural appropriation” – just admiration. Besides horses aren’t indigenous anyway. HaHa)
      Thanks for saddling up to leave comment

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  4. sustainabilitea / Aug 26 2019 3:15 pm

    What a great story! There were police horses in Cleveland, too. Love them.

    janet

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 26 2019 3:33 pm

      That is one fine horse – and seems like he was destined to arrive here. Horses have so much to give and teach. We’re lucky they bother. Thanks for riding by with a comment

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  5. Curt Mekemson / Aug 26 2019 3:54 pm

    Have to love police dogs and horses. And this was a unique story. Good that his daughter has joined him as well.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 26 2019 4:01 pm

      Smash certainly landed in first class here. Interesting enough, after doing so well in shows, he was retired to the breeding farm (no doubt his highly coveted paint coat played a role in that). His first couple of foals also turned out to be deaf, so he was offered to HPD. Must have been been by design. He’s a real star here. Role model for humans and filly. Thanks for saddling up to pony express a comment this way

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  6. Anne Mehrling / Aug 26 2019 8:04 pm

    That was a wonderful story about Smash.

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  7. doesitevenmatter3 / Aug 29 2019 1:49 am

    Just wanted to let you know that when I get an e-mail update from LordBeariOfBow’s daughter, I will put it in the comment section of his last WP post. So check back there once in awhile to see the latest.
    Thank you so much!
    Carolyn 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 29 2019 7:14 am

      Thanks again. I had been checking there just in case of news. It is the best community bulletin board right now. Appreciate your efforts a great deal. (I did send a note to him/Sarah after your encouragement. Thanks)

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      • doesitevenmatter3 / Aug 29 2019 3:40 pm

        You’re welcome!
        It’s my honor to try to help keep everyone updated. LordBofB is such a wonderful friend to all of us!
        Thank you for sending them a note! I know they appreciate receiving them.
        (((HUGS)))

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