A study about re-use of sports horses after retirement for police work

Given the economic value and the high cost of purchasing new horses for police work, as new horses need special training and equipment for proper use in security and police purposes. Besides, these horses should be able to face all challenges, which includes standing against repel situations and other societal tasks. No doubt equipping new horses will demand huge budgets, except the relocating the retired race horses in police work, so we pass on to you the experience of using retired horses from the speed races in the United Arab Emirates.

There are several reasons for directing retired horses to police work. The first aspect related to compassion and animal welfare, many countries culled these horses because they cost their owners huge sums after retiring from sports work and the second aspect relates to the large numbers of horses that brought to the state. Those horses of the royal stables are provided in large numbers free of charge, and expended for police purposes, through qualification and integrated training commensurate. with the nature of the work of all police tasks, such as resolving riots and security cycling patrols that will maintain internal security, and thus ensure the best use of resources and save on the acquisition of new horses.

Upon receiving the retired horses directly from the royal stables, the vet examines the horses for diseases and injuries that may have been suffered from previous races, and accordingly, a qualification program for each horse is established for a specific period. After that it enters into the training program for police horses, which includes several stages through the field designated for training, this training aims to eliminate the barriers that would affect the calming of the horses, as in these stages it’s important to use the equipment that support the training process such as sound and smoke bombs, loudspeakers, water barriers and the exposure to the community.

At this stage, it’s critical to implement practical innovative and creative ideas, such as the use of training armored horse vehicle and bicycle which will accelerate the training process in redirecting horses from an athlete practicing speed races to calm horses that participate in all police work. This innovation helped in obtaining positive results in calming the horses, by the exposure to the outside perimeter and adapting to the narrow streets, crowded places, vehicle noise and traffic congestion. 

All stages of qualification and training of the directed horses from speed and policing competitions are carried out under the supervision of a veterinary team to provide a high quality of care to those horses, where it tracks and verifies the health and the extent of its response to the training schedule and an integrated food program is established in order to prevent any future illness or injuries.

The use of horses in riots and security patrols add a huge value  in police work at the present time in many countries of the world, since it has a fundamental and vital role in resolving riots and gatherers for different specific purposes, for an example: destruction, looting, maintaining security in festivals, Public celebrations and football matches, guarding and securing public facilities, participating in festivals and official celebrations, besides maintaining security in public places and civic gatherings.

The aim of highlighting the role of horses as a support in the footing group to control riots, is to demonstrate the effectiveness of horses in showing general deterrence, by using the psychological aspect in terrorizing gatherings by taking advantage of the size of horses , and most importantly, placing horses in the lines The foreground during coherence with the crowds reduces the percentage of losses resulting during the collision , as the speed of movement of horses in the operations is faster than the ability of the crowds, thus the entry of the riders gives broad coverage in wide areas.

We recommend adopting the experience of directing retired racing horses and training those horses by using innovative ideas in police work, as they have an effective role in security tasks, thus saving huge budgets.