Lifetime love of horses sparks 90-year-old woman's special wish - KCTV5

Lifetime love of horses sparks 90-year-old woman's special wish

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Mary Robertson has loved horses all her life. So much so when she was growing up, she rode a horse to school. (Lisa D'Souza/KCTV5 News) Mary Robertson has loved horses all her life. So much so when she was growing up, she rode a horse to school. (Lisa D'Souza/KCTV5 News)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Kansas City Police Department's Mounted Patrol made a heartwarming visit to an elderly woman missing her riding days.

Mary Robertson, a 90 year-old resident at Brookdale Wornall Place, has been in love with horses for her entire life. She grew up riding horses to school and rounding up cattle but was forced to put up her saddle due to her health.

One Thursday, the assisted and independent living center along with the Mounted Patrol satisfied her love of horses by granting a wish for a visit from two of the police department's finest hooved-officers. 

It's not every day Commander and Bear get to enjoy just being adored. They're hard working patrol horses after all.

"We've done a few of them, but it's pretty rare," Sgt. Joey Roberts said.

But Thursday's assignment was much different.

"I don't know when the last time she was able to see or touch a horse," Roberts said.

And that was what made this moment all the more meaningful. It's been years since she's been able to touch their soft coats or feed one a treat.

"Nice and soft and fluffy when he wasn't trying to eat my finger," she said.

Her joy and instant connection to the majestic animals was instant peace and happiness hen she made contact with the horses.

It was a lasting memory for Mary and those that helped make it happen.

"Doing stuff like this is the fun part, seeing people, the joy when they see horses, that's what makes this worthwhile," Roberts said.

Robertson says she hopes they'll be back, hopefully when it's warmer.

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