All these lovely officers and beautiful horses are mounted up to work. Their choice of saddle for many years is the Freeform Treeless. Thank you, Madison Mounted Police officers!
The Madison Mounted Police Team was informally started in 1986 when six Madison Police Officers asked the Chief if they could ride their personal horses while in uniform in the November Annual Holiday Parade. The uniformed team was such a big hit that in 1987, those same six officers formed a working team to start training for on-duty police work with their private horses.
That year, the officers began riding in the city parks and in the low income neighborhoods. In 1988, the officers invited experienced Mounted Police instructors from New York and Fort Lauderdale Mounted Patrol Units to come and provide a 40-hour mounted certification course in Madison under the National Mounted Officer Training Association. [READ MORE of their story]
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