Pennsylvania State Police want your horses

horse
Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a few good horses. (Credit: Rikard Larma / Metro).

Got a horse?

The Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a few good ones.

The force’s 25-member mounted patrol unit is seeking donations of horses to be used across the state for searches, crowd control and security, according to a release.

“Pennsylvania troopers have a long history of patrolling from horseback,” Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said in a statement.

“Since 1905, state police ranks have included horses – and since then, with all the advanced technology, the horse is still a reliable tool in police work.”

Horses must be geldings between the ages of 5 and 15 and must stand between 16 to 18 hands tall.

Draft and draft-cross equines are preferred, while thoroughbreds and other “hot bloods” are less desirable, according to the release.

All animals must have quiet, sound dispositions and be free of serious stable vices.

“The horses are effective in crowds because they elevate troopers, enabling them to see over people’s heads,” Noonan said.

“Mounted troopers also participate in parades, demonstrations and other public relations activities, based on availability.”

The Pennsylvania State Police relies solely on donations for their mounted patrol unit.

Donated horses will be accepted on a 90-day trial basis to determine their suitability and to undergo veterinary examinations.

“Horses have been donated over the years from diverse backgrounds – some were racehorses, others were family pets,” Noonan said.

Anyone wishing to make a donation or get more information is asked to contact Cpl. Michael Funk at 717-533-9111, ext. 321 or by emailing mifunk@pa.gov.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Body found believed to be missing Fitchburg boy…

The body of a child found off of a highway in Sterling last week is likely that of missing Fitchburg boy Jeremiah Oliver, authorities said.

Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

Television

'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to “Orphan Black” Season 2! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany, while avoiding the…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.