Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mounted police

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During Passover vacation week I was happy to catch sight of two beautiful horses going down Agron, a busy street in Jerusalem.

The trailer was being towed by this police truck.
On the door is written "Mounted Police Unit, Jerusalem District."
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You don't see them out and about very often when the situation is calm.

The photo above and the one below are from Palm Sunday 2007.
The mounted police were part of the security for the throngs of pilgrims walking from the Mount of Olives down to the Old City.
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Mighty nice horses those mounted police have!
And that is my M for ABC Wednesday.
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25 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful horses! Love your photos as always! Have a great week, Dina!

Shalom,

Sylvia

Leslie: said...

Mounted police always appear so grand. We do appreciate our Royal Canadian Mounted Police especially when decked out in their formal red regalia. Normally, they just look like regular police.

Trotter said...

Hi Dina! Interesting shots. For me, Mounted Police, had to be in red and... Canadian... Can't forget the documentaries before the movies... ;)

Blogtrotter Two is waiting for you in Turkey... ;) Enjoy and have a great week!!

Wanda said...

Mounted Police...what a nice way to use M, and I love the horses, to regal.

Roger Owen Green said...

we have police on horses in Albany, NY. The horses are ambassadors of a sort for the dept.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Ann said...

Beautiful. Don't think I've seen a white police horse here, only shades of brown.

Jew Wishes said...

Nice captures of the horses, and the story behind them.

Shalom, Dina.

Adira said...

Nice Horse! I love mounted police officers.

In Boston, MA it isn't that unusual to see mounted police officers during the summer when we have a lot of tourists. They must be a big help in crowd control.

I don't know if it's allowed today, but when I was a kid and came upon a mounted officer we were allowed to pat the horse and sometimes even give the horse a treat.

When mounted officers were stationed in The Boston Commons (a large park area in the middle of Boston), you could usually tell where they were by following the excited squeals of the kids who had lined up to pat the horse.

This was over 40 years ago, I don't know if they let anyone get as near the horses today as we were able to get. I haven't tried recently nor have I seen a line of kids patting today's police horses.

jeannette said...

Beautiful horses! But where I was also looking at -these policemen have a lot gear with them! (I guess they're prepared for anything!)

spacedlaw said...

Wonderful! I did not know Jerusalem had mounted police. There is such a corp in Rome too (belonging to the Carbinieri) but you don't see them much about, not the way you would routinely see them in Amsterdam for instance.

Glennis said...

They are proud steeds.

VP said...

I have read that in many situation they are very effective, even with their sole presence. An interesting M.

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JM said...

Beautiful horses indeed!

Louis la Vache said...

Very interesting, Dina.
«Louis» noted the water faucet between the cab and the bed of the truck, no doubt the horses welcome this addition.

moneythoughts said...

Your pictures of the horses reminded me of the time I saw Leonardo's drawings of horses in Washington, D.C. Before the internal combustion engine, the horse held a major place in society for many jobs. Interestingly, with all we have come over the years, the horse is still the best means for crowd control.

Gattina said...

Beautiful horses ! I would prefer that they have a less dangerous job !

Mar said...

Beautiful horses!! and clever shots for the theme.

M is for more...

dragonfly said...

I too think they always look so grand on horseback, I especially like the Canadian Mounties!

Life with Kaishon said...

I always think towns that have mounted police are so cool! It reminds me of the past : )

Pasadena Adjacent said...

love seeing a white horse. Mine was. Don't like seeing that graffiti on your beautiful native rock walls. Big yuck

jay said...

Oh, beautiful! And I see they ride the same style as in the US! I'd say 'western' only Jerusalem is far from the west!

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Dick said...

Interesting, it looks like it's cold there.

Catherine said...

Now, horses are moved by trucks !

Barbara Martin said...

Nice to see leg wraps on the front for support...but none on the rear. It doesn't take long for horses to come up lame walking on hard ground or pavement.

Toronto's police horses wear visors when doing crowd control.