Massachusetts State Police Searching for a Few Good…Horses…
The Mass State Police have put out the call for horses for mounted police work. In a post to the Mass State Police Facebook page, the post says "If you or someone you know is looking to place a horse in a great working environment, please consider the State Police Mounted Unit".
The requirements include:
- Must be Sound
- Age 5 to 16
- Height – Minimum 16HH
- Gelding Preferred (sterilized male)
- 60-Day Trial
- Bay or Black
Donations of a horse is preferred but horses for sale are also considered according to the post. If you have a horse that fits the requirements you should email your submissions, with information and a photograph of the horse to MSPMountedUnit@pol.state.us.
According to the mass.gov website, the Mounted Unit patrols state parks, beaches, and reservations to provide a safe and family friendly environment for visitors. They enforce Mass General Law and the Department of Conservation and Recreation rules and regulations. Of course we’ve all seen these majestic animals with their mounted police partners providing security and crowd control at major events such as parades, Patriots games, 4th of July celebrations and a host of other state-wide events. The Mounted Units are popular site for kids and adults of all ages.
The Mounted Unit keeps on their toes (and hoofs) by training monthly with mounted units from Mass, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and the Special Emergency Response Team. It is a vital process for keeping the horses and riders sharp by training in scenarios aimed at getting the horses used to loud noises and chaotic conditions according to the website.