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Merseyside Police Horse Desensitisation Demo and Yard Tour

2 Mar 2020


Working in partnership with Merseyside Police Mounted Section, BHS North West were delighted to offer an exclusive behind the scenes access to the fascinating lives of the horses and officers keeping our communities safe.

On Saturday 29 February, over 70 people turned out to meet the police horses and discover how they are trained and operate whilst patrolling our streets, from arresting shoplifters to dealing with football match riots.

This unique opportunity offered insights into the daily routines of the horse and riders, the specialist equipment they use and the rigorous training they undertake to ensure they have absolute trust in their riders. The team also gave an exciting look at how they separate a dangerous individual in a crowd and arrest them on horseback.

Speaking at the event, yard manager and trainer Lindsay Gaven said “Our team of horses are very special, so it’s been great to showcase what we do. The question everyone asks is ‘how do we get such bombproof horses?’ The honest answer is there’s no such thing, but the key is to know your horse well and ensure it’s well trained.”

The day proved so popular that the next tour in July sold out within hours. These events allow us to promote the safety work of The BHS and showcase the brilliant work we do in partnership with teams such as Merseyside Police Mounted Section in helping to make riding safer for local equestrians.


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