POSTED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 12:05pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WGNO) — He's not your average police partner, nor is this an average retirement party. Satan's War is moving on after 20 years serving the New Orleans police department's mounted patrol.
Satan's rider, Patrolman Wayne Rumore says, "You're working with them every day it's like a police partner. It's like riding with your partner, you know?"
The police horse actually started his career on the track as a direct descendant of famed race horse Secretariat. "Satan's Secretary was his father from Secretariat and Native War was his mother so they got Satan's War from Satan's Secretary and Native War," says Rumore.
However, this isn't the end of the road for Satan. He'll be getting a new name and a fresh start at the New Heights Therapy Riding Center. If he passes a 30 day test, he'll still be helping the community, but in a very different way.
"He's been a race horse that then got a second chance as a police horse and now in his retirement his gets a second chance as a therapeutic horse," explains lead instructor Catherine Insley.
From retirement...to semi-retirement! Satan's War will now be called Sarge and will work with a variety of riders facing mental, emotional and physical challenges. It's a job that he's well-equipped to do. Insley says, "We know that he's worked in Mardi Gras parades, he's had crowd control, he's had noise and that's really what all of our horses have to go through."
Sarge is even slated to participate in Horses for Heroes, which helps veterans and first responders overcome emotional and physical trauma. It's the perfect fit for a horse that's spent a lifetime serving others.