The Mounted Police are normally used for ceremonial purposes. Of course, there is a provision to hire Mounted Police even by private persons for various occasions. But, it is hardly done considering various other factors. The Mounted Police is also used in Thiruvananthapuram City for doing night patrolling and sometimes they are also taken out to attract people and to establish good Police - Public relationship. Recently, as part of a Scheme, the mentally retarded children of certain homes were also given training on horse - riding by the Mounted Police for their mental development.