What do you think about police horses?
Being a daughter of a long line of officers and riders, also having helped the local MP stable, I respect the riders and their horses. My own mare was a mount for police some years ago. The stable I went to was clean, and the horses well cared for. I can't say the riders were the best I've ever seen, however I never saw a pop or long duration of tension on the reins or excessive aids in any way. The riders would warm their horses up gently and commit to achieving relaxation and mental stability before heading out. So personally, from my experiences, I love 'em. Crowd control was not nearly as cruel as some people will make it out to be--- the only cruelty I saw was the people on the recieving end throwing things at the horses from a distance, boy are there some "animal welfare" whackos out there... the last fair I was a part of had to lock the cages of all the animals because "animal rights" activists came in at night and let all the animals out with the doors open last year; many small animals were eaten by the local wildlife or run over thanks to them.