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The BSA Police was first formed as a mounted infantry force and the regiment has always had an association with horses. The force can trace its equestrian modus operandi back to the Bechuanaland Border Police, the Cape Mounted Police and the Cape Mounted Rifles. Some suggest we could take this back to the Frontier Armed and Mounted Police of the Cape Colony. All of these units required greater mobility in the open veldt and terrain of southern Africa and horses provide this to the troops.