“OK, ya’ll look at me and say cheese.”
“Oh I like it.”
Daycare manager Carla Ford brought a handful of tiny tots to the new stables on East Little York to see the horses. Another day care was there as well. The children were a little older, but still fascinated with the horses — especially one names Sue.
“Bye Sue — bye Sue.”
The children kept asking Officer Danny Pryor lots of questions about Sue. Pryor says he loves his job as a mounted patrolman and can’t imagine doing anything else.
“I’ve been riding horses and bicycles since I could walk. That’s what I do. And now they pay me to do it.”
The new facility has been open since April. It has fifteen acres and is five times bigger than the old one that was on post oak near memorial park. Lt. Randall Wallace describes one of the differences.
“Each horse has its own 50 foot run out of the stall, so the horses are able to come and go out of the barn as they please and to socialize with the other horses, so they’re not like little prisoners in a jail cell.”
So it’s kind of like each horse having its own private patio. I asked Lt. Randall what’s better, the motorcycle patrol or mounted patrol.
“I’ve never ridden a motorcycle, so I don’t know, but I wouldn’t want to do anything else. I want to stay here the rest of my career.”
Unless there’s a riot going on, officers on horses seem to get more attention. Ford says the little ones at the grand opening sure seemed to love them.
“Oh, they liked it. They were kind of scared of the horses at first and the cannons threw us off. But other than that, I mean, everybody’s having a good time.”
Bill Stamps KUHF Houston Public Radio News