By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 23, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Leon County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that Big Red, the Mounted Posse's flagship horse, has died.
The sheriff's office said in a Facebook post that Big Red died of natural causes. He was 27 years old.
Big Red served in the Leon County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse for 16 years. Former Sheriff Larry Campbell, who re-established the unit in 1997, often rode Big Red at events. LCSO says each member of the posse was honored to ride Big Red in memory of Sheriff Campbell.
Members of the unit are volunteers and provide their own horses for mounted posse duty. The horses patrol at events, make community visits and ride in parades.
The sheriff's office says posse horses must be calm and patient. All horses and riders undergo an evaluation where they must complete an obstacle course. The horses and their owners then go through additional training.
LCSO says since the mounted posse began patrolling at high school football games and community events, car break-ins and other crimes have decreased.