Australia was a nation born on the back of a horse, and Queensland was certainly no exception. The Queensland  Police Service (QPS) Mounted Police Unit was founded in 1846, thirteen years before Queensland gained independence from the Colony of New South Wales. With its wide expanses and rugged terrain, horses were essential in the daily lives of many early Queenslanders, and crucial to police operations in both rural and metropolitan Queensland.

As the automobile rose to prominence in the 1920s, the need for mounted police saw a steady decline. In Brisbane, The Mounted Unit still maintained a stable at the Barracks along Petrie Terrace, but their duties were mostly ceremonial.

That all changed in the 1980s however, QPS embraced the use of the Mounted Unit as an integral part of modern policing, and continues to do so today.