The Houston Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Facility welcomes visitors to their barn. Visitors are welcome to go to the barn on Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m, and you do not need to schedule your visit. If you would like to visit the barn on the weekend or have a guided tour, then you must call 832-394-0372 to make arrangements. Scheduled tours take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
During your visit, you will be able to see the horses and feed them. If you would like to feed the horses, you can bring carrots (whole), apples (quartered), and peppermints (taken out of their wrappers). If you schedule a guided tour, a police officer will talk to your group in their conference room. They will tell you about the horses, how they train the horses, the hours that they work, etc. You are able to ask them questions and find out anything that you’d like to know about the horses. If you’re lucky, you might be able to see a horse do a few tricks such as jumping up, counting his/her age, making funny faces, walking backwards, etc.
There is no charge to visit the barn, take a tour, or book a party. The Mounted Patrol Unit accepts donations. We also like to bring a treat for the officers who take time out of their work day to talk to us, show us around, and answer our questions.
Kid Fun has been planning events with the HPD Mounted Patrol for over a year. Officer Dallas books the tours, and she is a joy. If you give her a call, she will promptly call you back and book a tour in no time. She is kind, informative, and makes you feel welcome and wanted at the barn.
Please visit the Mounted Patrol website at http://www.houstontx.gov/police/mounted/patrol. If you have not been to their facility, I highly recommend going for a visit. You will not be disappointed.