KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Mounted Patrol is looking for a few good inflatables and costumes. Authorities need them for their horses.
“Here we go! Come on out!”
This is not a scene you see everyday – a dinosaur getting up close and personal with horses.
“He’s totally not sure about them yet.”
But these are not just any horses.
“Do your hands work? Can they pet?”
They’re part of the Kansas City Police Mounted Patrol.
And they need to be ready for anything that might cross their path, says KCPD Sgt. Joey Roberts.
“You gotta know that that horse is under you and he’s going to be confident and not freak out … somebody’s got an umbrella or waving something in the air or whatever. You’ve gotta know that he’s solid before you ever put him into that kind of situation.”
Because of that, they’re asking for donations. Any costume or dramatic inflatable that might serve as a training tool to mimic potential surprises they come across on patrol.
“It’s more about how they react when they experience something that that’s scary. Building that level of trust and confidence between the horse and rider.”
Trainers expose these horses to as many things as possible.
So when the unexpected happens, it doesn’t interfere with their police work, Roberts says.
“They’re gonna startle at certain things. If I walked up behind you and shot off a gun and you weren’t expecting it– you’re gonna jump, just like they’re gonna jump if something unexpected happens. But we want em to jump and stay right there instead of jump and head for home, ya know what I mean?”
The Kansas City Police Mounted Patrol is asking anyone with inflatables or costumes and wish to donate to contact them.