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Family fun: Feed Houston police horses at HPD’s mounted patrol stables

Mounted patrol stable
Mounted patrol stable (Jill B. Jarvis)

Address: 5005 Little York Road, Houston, Texas 77016

Cost: Free

Appropriate Age: Any Age

Hours: These change a lot… so please check before you go!

Visiting the Houston Police Departments Mounted Patrol Stables might just be the coolest free thing to do in Houston. You know I love the mysterious red button in Downtown, but feeding the 38 HPD horses at the stables ranks just as high.

Bring your own carrots, quartered apples and peppermints, and you can stop in to visit the horses, during visiting hours. Just grab the kids and go!

If you do have a group and want a formal tour, you can set that up for free as well. Details are on the HPD website HERE.

Mounted patrol barn
Mounted patrol barn (Jill B. Jarvis)
Mounted patrol stable
Mounted patrol stable (Jill B. Jarvis)

BigKidSmallCity had a Meet Up here in the Fall. We met on a Friday morning with for a demonstration and to feed the horses.

A HPD officer was our guide and taught us all about the Mounted Patrol. Kids and parents learned all about the division. One interesting fact is that the horses are good for public relations. In Downtown Houston or Memorial Park, people are generally happy to be confronted by a police officer on a horse… when they might be angry to be confronted by just a police officer.

Mounted patrol stable
Mounted patrol stable (Jill B. Jarvis)
Mounted patrol stable
Mounted patrol stable (Jill B. Jarvis)

We also learned that the Houston Mounted Patrol practices natural horsemanship and they feed the animals a natural diet and they are barefoot!

After sitting on the bleachers and learning about the horses, we went back in the stables to feed all the horses. There were 38 hungry horses that gobbled up everything we gave them!

Carrots, apples and peppermints are all allowed, but big carrots were the most popular. This way the kids could feed the horses without getting their hands in their mouths. Also, big carrots are better than than the little baby carrots… because horses don’t know the difference between a baby carrot and a little finger!

The stables are very clean and the horses all stick out their heads to greet your kids.

I highly recommend this outing to all Houstonians. It is very unique adventure for your family!

This article originally appeared at JillBJarvis.com and is being featured here as part of a partnership with BigKidSmallCity.com. Click here to view the article in its original format.