Pedestrian Safety Guidelines

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-Approach the horse from the side and at a slight angle. Horses see best from their sides.

-Don’t walk behind the horse to avoid startling him.

-Do not feed the horse. Our horses have a special diet. If you have something to offer the horse, give it to the officer who will give it to the horse later.

-Do not walk or crawl underneath the horse. Don’t let small children walk near the horses. Carry them and approach from the side. Horses cannot see directly below their body.

-Pet the horse only on his neck and shoulders. They love the attention, and this is less likely to startle the horse.

-Don’t approach the horse at all if the officer is not present.

Mounted police units throughout the country serve not just as visible members of law enforcement, but as active participants in crime control and service to the community.