Pa. State Police seeking donations of horses
Looking for stable employment for that horse of yours?
The Pennsylvania State Police are seeking donations of a few good geldings — horses that can bring a calm temperament but unbridled enthusiasm to the agency’s mounted unit, which is used for searches, crowd control, security, parades, ceremonies and other events.
The unit is also used to help assist other police departments, including patrolling the grounds each year at Musikfest in Bethlehem alongside the city’s mounted police.
The department has a stable at its academy in Hershey and relies on donations to maintain a complement of 28 horses.
Donated horses must be geldings between the ages of 5 and 15 and stand between 16 hands (5 feet 4 at the shoulder) and 18 hands tall.
Draft and draft-crosses are the preferred breeds. Thoroughbreds and other “hot bloods” are less desirable. The animals must have quiet, sound dispositions and be free of serious stable vices. Horses are accepted on a 120-day trial basis to determine their suitability. A veterinary examination will also be performed.
Upon retirement, state police horses are first offered back to their original owners. The department finds them suitable homes if the original owners are unwilling or unable to accept the animals.
To arrange a donation or for more information, contact Cpl. Carrie Neidigh at 717-533-3463 or cnei[email protected]