Thames Valley Police looking to recruit 'brave horse' to join its force

    Thames Valley Police's Mounted Section is looking to recruit a 'brave horse' to join its force.

    Thames Valley Police, the force which covers Milton Keynes, is asking for the public to get in contact with any horses which they believe would be a good fit for its latest role.

    The horse's role would include high visibility patrols at demonstrations, assisting in searches and patrols for missing people, as well as support to other forces with their operations and patrols.

    Recruiters say the horse must be:

    • Between 16.3hh and 18hh;
    • Mare or gelding;
    • Between the ages of 4 – 11;
    • Heavier breed such as a shire cross or Irish draught;
    • Quiet, level headed horses which are good to shoe, clip and travel in a lorry;
    • Trainable with good temperament and no vices or behavioural traits;
    • No medical issues;
    • Ability to walk, trot and canter and ideally be able to jump a small course of fences;
    • Will hack alone and in company;
    • Good in traffic;
    • Safe in open spaces.

    Chosen horses would have to undergo a six-week trial where police assess their suitability to the role and vetting.

    Equine manager, Laura Haughey, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for a new horse to join our Mounted Section.

    “We have recently moved to our brand new stables in Milton Keynes, which feature state-of-the-art facilities and top-of-the-line equipment.

    “The whole yard is a new facility that has been built to include ten acres of grazing, bigger stables for the horses, a larger arena for training and a horse walker.

    “The horses are out daily and reassure the public, making sure people are safe when they’re attending football matches, festivals, demonstrations, and when they’re out and about at night.

    “If you have a brave horse that's looking for a fulfilling role within a dedicated team, we'd love to hear from you.”

    Applications can be made by contacting the force here.

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