Hertfordshire police take part in some serious horseplay

PUBLISHED: 16:28 08 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:30 09 August 2013

Pcso Neil Kitchener with Royal Vet staff

Pcso Neil Kitchener with Royal Vet staff


OFFICERS became wranglers at an event to help them corral stray or loose horses.

Pcso Mark Randall gets acquainted with an equine chumPcso Mark Randall gets acquainted with an equine chum

Police from the Hatfield South Safer Neighbourhood Team were given specialist training by staff at The Royal Veterinary College, Brookmans Park on the handling, care and behaviour of errant steeds.

Pc Ross Freeman, from the Hatfield South Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We regularly get called to deal with stray horses, particularly in the south Hatfield area because of its rural nature.

“Often the horses will be on a public highway, disrupting traffic and causing a danger to the public so we needed the skills to be able to control a horse quickly and safely.

“Many members of the team had little or no prior knowledge or experience of dealing with horses so we were extremely grateful to The Royal Veterinary College for giving us their time and resources to help us support the rural community.

“We all now have a greater confidence and awareness of how to deal with these animals.”

Hertfordshire Constabulary also appealed for donations of horse-herding gear from the residents.

Pc Freeman added: “The training has made us realise that the equipment we have to deal with horses is quite dated and not as plentiful as we would ideally like.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to ask horse owners if they have any spare head collars or guide ropes that they could donate to us to use in future incidents.

“We would be extremely grateful for any contributions.”

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