Pa. State Po­lice seek­ing do­na­tions of horses

The Morning Call - - STATE NEWS - By Daniel Pa­trick Shee­han Morn­ing Call re­porter Daniel Pa­trick Shee­han can be reached at 610-820-6598 or dshee­[email protected]

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]

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