The Kentucky Horse Park Mounted Police Stables are located in the center of the park where officers provide daily barn tours and perform their patrol duties either by horseback, motor vehicle, on foot or golf cart. They are first responders in emergency situations and play a unique role in the park’s interactions with its visitors.
Patrolling from horseback, KHP Mounted Police officers establish a dialogue with tourists and the horse community alike. This dialogue allows them to be goodwill ambassadors of the Kentucky Horse Park.
Generally, the mounted police horses are a draft or draft cross breed that are big boned and durable, but also athletic in build. They possess a kind disposition, and are docile, friendly and curious in character. Mounted Patrols are effective for crowd control in many ways. Because of the height the officer gains when mounted (giving an overall height of almost 9 feet), officers can see over the crowd and spot problems. The highly visible officer presence can make unruly elements in a crowd think twice before creating a problem. If a disturbance does occur, mounted officers can quickly disperse an unruly crowd, most of the time without ever having to make contact with the persons being moved.
As our guests come to the Kentucky Horse Park to visit with horses, often times, the KHP Mounted Police horses are the first ones they come into contact with. Guests can be seen touring our stables, interacting with the officers and petting the police horses. The KHP Mounted Police has also been instrumental in promoting the park by providing demonstrations for school groups, participating in parades and other high profile events.