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.READ MORE: Officials Concerned Iconic Steeple At St. Leo's Could Collapse After 2-Alarm Fire Tears Through Tacony Church
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.
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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.
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If they are unable to accept the animal, the department will find a good home for the horse.