These horses represent many different breeds, some of which are: Percheron; Belgium; Quarter Horse; Hanoverian; Tennessee Walker; Dutch Warmblood; Thoroughbred; and Spotted Saddle Horse.
There are currently thirty-two (32) police mounts assigned to patrol duty.
What kind of horses do police use?
Which breeds of horses does the Mounted Section use? We prefer Clydesdale, Clydesdale crosses, Friesians, Percheron crosses, Walers and Standard Bred crosses. The type of work we do requires the police officer to spend long hours in the saddle and the working breeds are most suitable for this.
What breed of horse do the RCMP use?
The RCMP breeds its horses at Remount Detachment near Pakenham, Ontario. They are 16 to 17 hands high; weigh between 523 kg (1150 lbs.) to 635 kg (1400 lbs.) and up until recently were 3/4 to 7/8 Thoroughbred, the stallions being registered Thoroughbred while the broodmares were part Thoroughbred.
What breed of horse do the police use UK?
The majority of police horses come over from Ireland – the reason being the Irish tend to breed big, athletic type horses which are perfect for the job they are asked to do. They range from warmbloods, Irish draught/thoroughbred crosses and sport horses with some even having Shire in them.
Why do we still use police horses?
Horses offer a significant height advantage, and move easily through thick pockets of people. The reason mounted police are so effective for the purpose of crowd control is that horses are big creatures. If you stand in front of them and they push you, then you are going to move out of the way, no matter what.