The Kingwood Park High School Band was recently involved with training the Houston Police Department's Mounted Patrol by helping the horses become inoculated to the sounds of a marching band and random crowd noises.
Officer Meredith Villarreal said the training is necessary because the horses are used for crowd control at large events that are overwhelming with noise and often unexpected sounds that can spook the horses. Having the students play drums and cymbals while the horses are near allows the horses to become familiar with loud sounds.
Mounted officers have to insure the safety of eventgoers and themselves. With this training they are able to maneuver through crowds without loud sounds being a concern.
“Participating with the HPD in the training of their horses is important to us. It gives the students the opportunity to give back to the community by supporting our police officers. This situation is beneficial to both our students and our officers,” said Band Director Robbie Sitka.