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post #1 of 5 Old 03-08-2013, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-08-2013, 04:39 PM
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i think they are an extravagance and frivioulous use of tax dollars. More examples of unaccountable polliticians. Sure horseys are all fine and dandy, just not a very good use of public money. Horses are expensive. Get rid of the horses and horse caretakers, fields, stables, tack etc etc, and hire a few more cops to walk around..
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-08-2013, 05:20 PM
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I think it's great and neccessary in some parts of the country. Like locally, we have mounted police in a very large park that hosts all kinds of activities. Its a tradition that I would like to see still around in the future. Yes horses are expensive, but really there are a lot worse ways that our tax dollars are being spent. Not to mention that it is giving jobs to the caretakers and barn managers.
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I can see the benefit of mounted patrols in large urban parks.

I no longer see horse as useful in crowd control. That is because some people have become so vicious horse and the officers are at too high a risk. It used to be that people respected/feared a horses size. I don't think that is true as much now.

I believe other than for large urban parks, mounted police units are a luxury.
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-08-2013, 07:32 PM
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I think they are good. I know a lot of cops talk about using them as crowd control because to be honest horses can go places that cruisers can't. A number of cops I know talk about them as social lubricant that makes people more willing to interact. It makes people less afraid of the cops and more likely to listen as opposed to react. I think its a greater waste to spend the gas on running a cruiser and more practical in places certain city spaces. A horse can work through a traffic jam a whole lot easier and faster than a cruiser or a segway.
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