HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
The Pennsylvania State Police is looking for a few good horses.
The force's 25-horse mounted patrol unit is seeking donations of horses to be used statewide for searches, crowd control, security, and patrol operations of remote areas.
Horses must be geldings between the ages of 5 and 15 years old. The horse has to stand at least 16 hands tall – 5 foot 4 inches– at the shoulder, but 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 90-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 rely solely on donations for animals.
State police commissioner Frank Noonan said horses have been donated over the years from diverse backgrounds. Some were racehorses, others were family pets.
To make a donation or get more information, contact Corporal Michael Funk at 717-533-9111, ext. 321 or at email@example.com.