In Holland, you expect to see police on bicycles, and indeed you do. But, walking through central Utrecht the other day, I was pleasantly surprised to see mounted police. (So much so that I asked to have my picture taken with them, to my boyfriend’s embarrassment.)
I always viewed mounted police as somehow typically British. In the UK you often see police on horseback on riot duty, at football matches, and street festivals.
I can’t really imagine what purpose they could serve in Holland, the quietest, most peaceful country I’ve ever lived in during my entire life. And especially in down town Utrecht on a Saturday afternoon… what could possibly go wrong?