The Dallas Mounted Police gave Gabby’s Ark’s volunteers a tour of their facilities and explained how their horses are trained to work with the public. Police horses are used as a “patrol vehicle” in crowded areas (e.g., the State Fair) and in areas of crime needing easier access (e.g., alleys, apartment complexes, back streets). Their height helps to increase police presence, and their walking speed allows the officer time for real observation. The horses stand at least 16 hands high, average 2,200 lbs., and each one eats a bale of hay per day. We hope to be partners in future events, such as training. Thank you, officers, for taking the time to give us a tour, and for protecting the people of Dallas. For more information about the Dallas Mounted Police unit, go to http://www.dallaspolice.net/divisions/mountedUnit/welcome.html.
About Karen White
Karen is a member of the Gabby's Sanctuary ARK board as well as the primary content creator for this site. Karen enjoys taking photos of our horses and keeping things running.