We are incredibly proud of our horses and the work they do, not least because we are one of just a few forces across the whole country to have a mounted section.
Our horses live at our police stables and each horse has his own stable and is named after a Lancashire town and the Queen's Jubilee and Preston Guild.
We are known throughout the country for the quality of training our horses receive, including dealing with potential riot situations, fire hazards, and loud music. They help out at all sorts of busy events like football matches, protests and parades. Each horse wears its own "suit of armour" including head shields and shin pads for its own protection. There is nothing more reassuring than the sight of police officers on horseback!
Aside from the dynamic and crime fighting aspects of policing, the Mounted Branch is by far the most approachable and family friendly department in the force and we are happy to introduce our horses to the public at any opportunity we get. We value greatly the effect our horses have on children and adults alike and they are a marvellous way to break the ice with everyone we meet.
We accept visitors to the stables too, so you can get an opportunity to see what goes on behind closed stable doors! We do try to accommodate as many requests as we can but this is by appointment only or through winning competitions on our Facebook page. We are also happy to visit community events and schools so we can meet and mingle with the public as much as possible.
If you see us out and about please stop us to say hello, we're looking forward to meeting you!
For more information you can email us.
Lancashire Police Horse Benevolent Fund
The Lancashire Police Horse Benevolent Fund has been set up to support our horses in their retirement.
Their working life can start as young as four or five and they offer a loyal service for up to 15-17years, retiring at 20-22.
Many of our horses retired through World Horse Welfare and HAPPA in the past; however, because our horses are fit and healthy when they retire, we believed there were horses with needs much greater than ours. For this reason, we decided that we needed to take responsibility for our own horses that have provided a fantastic service to us and make sure they have an excellent standard of care in their retirement.
We first began fund raising in December 2009 and our first horse to retire was Invincible in June 2010 at the grand old age of 21 – he is the fund’s mascot. The fund is totally reliant on donations and fund raising events and we also sell lots of charity gifts, for example cards, horse shoes and key rings.
The main purpose of this fund is to allow us to loan out our police horses to suitable homes, which are vetted very carefully, including the new owner having to come into Mounted Branch and work with the horse over a few days to check their compatibility. We also do home checks every six months to ensure the on-going wellbeing of our retired horses, one visit is announced and one unannounced through the year.