By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Pennsylvania State Police is asking for horse donations to support its mounted patrol. The department relies on donations to fill a stable of 28 horses at the Academy in Hershey.

The donated, and trained, horses are deployed statewide for searches, crowd control, security and patrol of remote areas.

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The horses also participate in parades and other community events.

Police require the donated horses to be geldings between the ages of 5 and 15 years old and stand between 16 hands, 5-foot-4 inches tall at the shoulder, and 18 hands tall.

They prefer the horses to be draft and draft-cross breed. Thoroughbreds and other “hot bloods” are less desirable, the PSP says.


Donated horses should have quiet, sound dispositions and “be free of serious stable vices.”

There is a 120-day trial to determine if they are a good fit as a police horse.

There is also a veterinary exam.

The horses are offered back to the original owners when it’s time to retire.

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If they are unable to accept the animal, the department will find a good home for the horse.