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Mounted police sections and army units provide an exciting career with horses, supporting our forces on the ground and providing support and duties on ceremonial occasions. There are also roles within the forces such as vets and vet nurses that support the Royal Army Veterinary Corps and also specific roles such as farriers, riding instructors and saddlers. If you were interested in one of those roles you could first gain the necessary civilian qualifications before embarking on your career in the mounted forces, although some of these qualifications are achievable within the services. See our guidance for any of those career pathways if you’re interested.

Great for

  • Individuals who first and foremost are interested in a career as a police officer or soldier
  • A structured career pathway with progression and development opportunities


  • Combine a passion for serving your country with a respect and love of working with horses

Mounted Police Service

Mounted Police Officers work as part of the emergency services to provide police support where it may be more effective than police officers on foot. There are 13 Mounted Sections throughout the UK, thus opportunities both for police officers and police staff in this career are sought after.

A mounted officer's responsibilities include liaising with rural and urban communities on horseback to Police and support a variety of initiatives including safeguarding , educating and building the public’s trust and confidence with the help of the horses calming, impressive  and engaging qualities. Mounted Police are also used to police situations which attract large crowds such as sporting, music and cultural events as well as policing demonstrations and situations of disorder due to their height, visual presence and unique maneuverability. Some forces use their Mounted Police for Ceremonial duties which range from escorting royalty to ceremonial military and traditional movements.

A mounted officer would also be responsible for the care of tack and equipment, turn out to a high specification and general care and husbandry of their mounts. As your career progresses, there are also opportunities to coach and mentor new recruits, often including officers which have not ridden previously. Mounted sections consist of both police officer roles and specialist equestrian roles such as grooms, trainers, coaches and managers for which BHS qualifications along with industry skills and experience are highly valued and sort after.

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The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR)

The Household Cavalry is a regiment of the British Army consisting of The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals. Horses are no longer used as part of operational deployment but are an important part of state ceremonial occasions. The Mounted Regiment carry out mounted and some dismounted ceremonial duties on State and Royal occasions, which include the provision of a Sovereign's Escort most commonly seen at The Queen's Birthday Parade in June each year. On a daily bases they form the Queen’s Life Guard seen at Horse guards parade in central London throughout the calendar year. The Household Cavalry Regiment is the sister regiment, and is an Armoured Cavalry Regiment which is at the forefront of the British Army’s operational capability. Soldiers of the Household Cavalry routinely rotate between the two regiments.

The King’s Troop

An integral part of the Household Troops, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery makes up Her Majesty The Queen's ceremonial Saluting Battery. Soldiers in this unit drive a team of six horses who pull the First World War 'thirteen pounder' state saluting guns. Troop duties include the firing of Royal Salutes in Hyde Park on Royal Anniversaries and State Occasions, and providing a gun carriage and team of black horses for State and Military funerals. The Troop also covers the duties of the Queen's Life Guard (Household Cavalry) for one month a year. The King's Troop men and women are trained as fighting soldiers and throughout the Afghanistan campaign augmented other units deploying overseas.

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