Monday, 24th September 2018


Equine trainers in the police force are responsible for training horses of all types, breeds and temperament that are used for mounted police duties. A trainer must develop suitable and effective training methods for each individual horse; they must be sure that the horses sufficiently accept routine tasks and will care for the police officer who is handling them.

The trainer is also in charge of ensuring the officer is able to carry out a range of functions such as leading, tacking, lunging and the use of the horse walker, paddock turnout, shoeing, trotting up, clipping, trimming and loading and unloading into a wagon.

All equipment for the horses, such as the fitting of tack, must be checked on a regular basis and maintained in saddlery records. The trainer must be able to give accurate and constructive feedback during the training session so not only to guide the horse but the officer as well.

A horse’s confidence and understanding is vital to its time in the force. An equine trainer must develop the horse's correct ‘way of going’ to ensure the longevity of its working life physically and mentally. This is achieved though relaxation, rhythm, suppleness, contact, impulsion and straightness.