The NOPD Mounted Division is gearing up for another season of Mardi Gras parades.
The horses are an integral part of the NOPD and always seem to draw a crowd. It is important that pedestrians are aware of the proper ways to handle an encounter with a horse during an event.
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Third District Commander Jeffrey Walls, who is also the commander over the mounted division, offers safety tips for encountering horses during Mardi Gras season.
· Get the rider’s permission before petting the horse or taking photos with the horse
· Do not tug on the horse’s gear
· Do not feed the horse
Although interacting with mounted horses is allowed, Commander Walls reminds pedestrians to proceed with caution to avoid injuries.
"Each horse has its own temperament and personality, so every encounter will be different."
Pedestrians should also remember that NOPD Mounted horses are on duty with their rider and should avoid contact with a horse during an apprehension.