HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania State Police is once again looking for a few good horses.
The force’s 26-horse mounted patrol unit is seeking donations of horses to be used statewide for searches, crowd control, security and patrol operations of remote areas. As a secondary function, the animals participate in parades, demonstrations and other community events.
Horses must be geldings between the ages of 5 and 15 years old. The horse must stand at least 16 hands tall (5 foot 4 inches at the shoulder) and less than 18 hands tall. Drafts and draft-crosses are preferred. Thoroughbreds and other “hot bloods” are less desirable.
The animals must have quiet, sound dispositions and be free of serious stable vices. Horses will be accepted on a 120-day trial basis to determine their suitability. A veterinary examination will also be performed.
The Pennsylvania State Police maintains a stable at the Academy in Hershey and relies on donations for animals.
— Pennsylvania State Police