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
National

Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for…

By Kate KellandLONDON (Reuters) - Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored…

National

Comet makes rare close pass by Mars as…

By Irene KlotzNEW YORK (Reuters) - A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system on Sunday made a rare, close pass by Mars…

Local

NYPD: Man found hanging in Brooklyn subway station

A man was found hanging inside a Brooklyn subway station on Saturday morning, police said. The man, who still had not been identified on Sunday,…

Local

Only church destroyed in 9/11 set to rebuild

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only house of worship destroyed during the terrorist attacks on 9/11, held a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday to start the…

Television

9 things we learned about 'Hannibal' Season 3…

There’s plenty of fall television to be excited about, but the crowd inside the Paley Center for Media on Saturday night only wanted one thing:…

Going Out

Watch home cooks try to impress Tom Colicchio…

Is what you’re making for dinner tonight good enough to serve “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio? That’s the standard that some of the city’s best…

Television

‘Homeland’ recap: Season 4, Episode 4 ‘Iron in…

Carrie Mathison, what are you doing?! Don’t seduce virgins! More on that later: Lots of crazy stuff went down on the "Iron in the Fire" ep of "Homeland"!

Movies

Box office: Brad Pitt kills Nazis, also Nicholas…

This weekend, Brad Pitt's second WWII movie, "Fury," rolled into the lead, while the latest Nicholas Sparks movie, "The Best of Me," got little love.

College

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State…

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State holds off FSU

NHL

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in…

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in front

NFL

DeMarco Murray carries Cowboys to win over Giants

The Giants knew they would need to stop DeMarco Murray if they were going to leave Dallas with a win. It didn't matter.

NFL

Jets trade for wide receiver Percy Harvin: Report

According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Jets have sent a conditional draft pick to the Seahawks for wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Wellbeing

Gabby Bernstein: The 3 questions I always get

For the last decade, I’ve been writing self-help books and preaching the Gospel of Gabby to audiences throughout the world. And no matter what country…

Wellbeing

Health News: 5K for lung cancer, free yoga,…

Get some fresh air to benefit lung cancer research On Friday, the first-ever Brooklyn Free to Breathe Run/Walk will take place Oct. 26 at Cadman Plaza…

Education

Can these two college students come up with…

Two Atlanta college students say they have an idea for a simple test that would quickly diagnosis the Ebola virus - and it all started…

Education

Chances are, the average college student isn't taking…

As a bachelor’s degree becomes more expensive than ever, one new report is criticizing colleges for the content of those pricey educations. The American Council…