Pennsylvania State Police seek a few good horses

Posted: 7:11 PM EDT Jun 26, 2013

State police are looking for a few good horses in Pennsylvania.

The 25-horse mounted patrol unit is seeking donations of horses to be used for searches, crowd control, and patrol operations of remote areas, state police Commissioner Frank Noonan said Wednesday.

"Pennsylvania troopers have a long history of patrolling from horseback," Noonan said. "Since 1905, state police ranks have included horses – and since then, with all the advanced technology, the horse is still a reliable tool in police work.”

Donated horses must be geldings between the ages of 5- and 15-years-old and stand at least 16 hands tall but less than 18 hands tall. Drafts and draft-crosses are preferred, while thoroughbreds are less desirable.  

"The horses are effective in crowds because they elevate troopers, enabling them to see over people's heads," Noonan said. "Mounted troopers also participate in parades, demonstrations and other public relations activities based on availability."

The horses must have quiet, sound dispositions and be free of serious stable vices. Donations will be accepted on a 90-day trial basis to determine their suitability. A veterinary examination will also be performed.

To make a donation or get more information, contact Cpl. Michael Funk at 717-533-9111, ext. 321, or at