It’s like people who call their dogs things like Ian or Charlie; don’t be surprised if the two of you start looking alike.
Anyway, Jake is a 20-year-old horse working for the Merseyside Police force who has a proclivity for drinking other people’s tea. Essentially, he learned that he liked tea by stealing sips from officers and stable workers, and now he won’t start his shift without his own.
Working for the Merseyside Mounted branch of the police, officers say Jake waits in his stable for his special mug of tea to be brought in for him. I’d say get a new horse, but I don’t know how it is looking after normal horses and I suppose you can’t begrudge a chap who just wants a lovely tea.
If you’re wondering how he takes his tea, Jake likes it with skimmed milk, two heaped teaspoons of sugar and a little cold water mixed in so it isn’t too hot. Weak and white. Sounds like me.
Can horses drink milk? Are they more like humans or dogs?
I looked it up and apparently cow’s milk gives adult horses diarrhoea. Gross.
I suppose a dash of semi-skimmed in one drink a day shouldn’t be too bad, though? He seems to enjoy it anyway.
Merseyside Police Mounted Section manager and trainer Lindsey Gaven said:
“Jake is one of twelve horses we’ve got at the stable working with us.
“I’d definitely describe Jake as a horse with a lot of character. We’ve all learnt his tea order – he’ll deal with one sugar, but is definitely happier when you remember to give him two.
“If you’re at the side of the stable and he sees you with a mug in your hand, you can guarantee he’ll trot on over to try and steal a slurp.”
Haha the more I hear about this chap, the more I like him. I’m quite fond this horse. Bet he has a dash of beer in his trough after his shift too. He knows what he likes.
Jake is usually deployed at football games and sometimes even the Grand National (not to race), but perhaps most forebodingly, given that he’s 20-years-old and has been in the force for 15 years, he’s only one year from retirement.
No police officer wants to know that.
Why do they give him his tea in a mug and not something he could drink from easier? I understand that those Sports Direct mugs are pretty big for a human, but they’re hardly horse-sized.
Images via Merseyside Police, Getty
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