The Lexington Mounted Police Unit began in 1982 with one horse and rider. The unit rapidly grew in the first year to five due to community support and has had as many as eight officers and 9 horses assigned.
We initially stabled at the Kentucky Horse Park, but in 1996 moved into our own stables located a 575 West Sixth Street. The complex includes a 4,800 square foot barn with 12 stalls; an office and roll-call room; a 7,200 square foot indoor training arena; a storage structure for hay and maintenance equipment; two paddocks and a pasture.
The unit's main duties include providing high visibility patrols to the Downtown Entertainment District and other selected areas of Lexington. In addition to having the same responsibilities as other police officers while on patrol, our duties also include providing demos, barn tours, parades, special events, and crowd control.
In the horse capital of the world we pride ourselves on our horses and our training programs for horse and officer. The curriculum is based on Natural Horsemanship where officers work together with their assigned horse partners to overcome the obstacles they are faced with everyday on the street. New officers must successfully complete 10-12 weeks of basic training that includes, grooming, first aid, ground work, riding and other necessary equestrian skills. Our horses must be at least 16 hands high, which is 5 feet 4 inches tall, measured up to the point where the neck meets the body of the horse. The horses selected for Mounted Patrol are the ones with the proper temperament and demeanor for this type of work. However, only 20 percent of the horses reviewed for use on the Mounted Patrol are able to complete the training.
Horses enter the unit on either donation or are purchased by the Friends of the Lexington Mounted Police (FLMP). When a horse is donated to the FLMP it is tax deductible because they are a 501c3 organization.
If you have a horse that you think would make a good police horse please contact Sergeant Eckhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org