Meet the horses of APD’s mounted patrol at this fall festival

Horses can be seen roaming around a lot in Grant Park.

Horses can be seen roaming around a lot in Grant Park.

If you've ever come across a red barn in Grant Park surrounded by horses running around, jumping and sunning themselves, then you've seen the Atlanta Police Department mounted patrol stables and training facility.

Pretty soon, you’ll have a special opportunity to meet those horses — without the barrier of a chain-link fence.

The Atlanta Police Foundation is hosting a fall festival where guests can interact with the horses, eat snacks and play games.

Cops work with the horses to provide a highly visible police presence and manage crowds. Sometimes the officers even dance with them, as seen in this 2014 video of APD's version of Pharrell's "Happy."

The event takes place Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged; registration is available here.

If you can’t make the Halloween eve event, the barn is also open to the public on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as long as the gates are open.

You can also check out photos and videos of the horses through the Friends of the Atlanta Mounted Patrol. The group was created to raise awareness of the mounted patrol.

The barn’s address is 1001 Cherokee Ave. SE.

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