Could your horse help a police officer learn to ride?

Lancashire mounted branch is looking for sensible horses to loan over the winter months.

The horses will be used to train new officers to ride on their initial training course, which starts on 17 October.

“The officers have no previous experience, so the horses will be used to teach them about all aspects of horse care and stable management as well as how to ride,” said a spokesman for Lancashire Police.

“The horses will be stabled at Hutton at the mounted branch stables and will be cared for by a professional team of grooms and officers.”

The loaned horses will remain with the force until the end of March next year.

The animals must be over 16hh and suitable for novice riders to learn to ride on.

They must be sound and able to walk, trot, canter and jump small fences.

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All routine costs for the horse throughout the loan period, subject to a loan agreement, will be met by Lancashire Police.

Public interest in the loaning scheme

Since sharing the news on social media, the mounted branch has had great interest in the loan system.

More than 150 people have commented on its Facebook post and it has sparked discussion on Twitter.

To register an interest in the loan scheme, email or

For more information visit the mounted unit’s Facebook page.