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Pennsylvania State Police want your horses

Pennsylvania State Police are seeking horse donations to add to their 25-horse mounted patrol unit.

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.

 
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