Working in their headquarters in Büyükçekmece, the Equestrian Unity Group Management teams first take the horses they spend all their time together in the morning to walk and run in the free field.
Later, the teams that do grooming and cleaning the horses carry out the training prepared against the negativities that may occur in any mission after dressing the horses with special equipment.
During the training, which starts with a march and continues with a gallop, horses are prepared for events by throwing materials such as smoke bombs and torpedoes in front of them. The Mounted Unit Group Headquarters, consisting of a total of 15 personnel and 8 horses, regularly performs their work and awaits the task to be assigned to them.
Horses Reveal Their Happiness to Us
Police officer Furkan Erözdemir explained that they work between 1 and 1,5 hours a day and said, “Later, we have studies for sound and vision that our horses may encounter outside. Here we blind our animals to negative situations that we may encounter such as sound, smoke bombs, torpedoes and fireworks. " said.
Stating that they generally work in historical and touristic places, matches, picnic and recreation areas and beaches, Erözdemir explained that they can reach places that vehicles cannot enter thanks to horses.
Drawing attention to the fact that they are on duty to respond to forest fires on-site, Erözdemir said, “We have been actively working in our forests located in different parts of Istanbul for the last month. We are there preemptively. For example, we immediately intervene in those who burn samovars, fires and barbecues, and we also apply the necessary penal procedures. " said.
Stating that there is an invisible bond between the horses with whom they sometimes spend more time than their families, Erözdemir said, “Since we take care of the horses in our farm one to one, the animal also relaxes physically and spiritually when it sees its rider. Horses also show their happiness to us. As Atlı Birlik Group Chief, we are always on duty with our 15 staff and 8 horses for the peace and trust of our citizens. " he spoke.
Our People's Reaction to Us Is Stunningly Beautiful
Ayten Yüksek, one of the female police officers of the association, said that when she heard that the unit was opened, she applied on a voluntary basis and was selected for her interest in animals.
Explaining that they take care of all the horses themselves, Yüksek said: “The reaction of our people to us is enormously beautiful, they are proud of us. Especially when women see us, it is nice for their fellows to be in such a big job. There are even those who applaud and congratulate us on the sidelines. Children are also shocked when they first see us. She lived and grew up in Istanbul, maybe for the first time she sees a horse and there is a female police officer on her. In general, when girls see us, we hear their parents tell them they want to be a police officer, and I am very happy because of that. ”
Yüksek added that women are in all areas of life and that they do everything properly.