Emily the police horse meets small residents she protects in Portsmouth

Posted at 5:49 PM, Apr 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 16:52:06-04

Portsmouth, Va. - A group of home schooled kids got to meet a member of the Portsmouth Police Department that is not often in the public eye.

IMG_0009The Lindquist children, Andy, Lily and Apple Joy, have a passion for animals, according to their mother, Kelly, who home schools all three.

Emily the horse is part of the mounted patrol unit with the Portsmouth Police Department and was an important tool for the kids’ lesson on Friday.

Kelly Lindquist told NewsChannel 3 that she has been teaching her children what the police do for the community and how they keep residents safe. Her two daughters take English Riding lessons so the field trip combined a lesson and one of their favorite past times.


Apple Joy said she learned, “If you put horses' hooves in water they'll crack and one of these horses has diabetes,” and that just a few of the things she learned.

Kelly said her husband and oldest son are deployed so the field trip was fun and informational, but also a positive distraction for the kids as they wait for their loved ones to come home.