Marion County

Giddy-up: Ocala adds mini-horse named Magic to its police force

OCALA, Fla. — The Ocala Police Department added a little magic to its force this week.

On Wednesday, the department named a miniature horse, Magic, as an honorary police officer — making her the first mini-horse to earn the title in the city.


Standing at 2 feet tall, what Magic lacks in stature, she makes up for with her service. She’s a part of Gentle Carousel, one of the largest equine therapy programs in the world.

Officials said Magic visits families, veterans, and first responders who have experienced traumatic events, having been specially trained to provide emotional support to people in times of need.

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The department said Officer Magic will occasionally work on the department’s outreach programs, including its Polar Patrol ice cream program, and its R.E.A.D. (Read, Explore, and Discover) literacy program.

“Magic will help spread goodwill and build relationships between the police department and the community we serve,” Police Chief Mike Balken said. “With her friendly personality and adorable appearance, Magic is sure to be a hit with everyone she meets.”

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.