Any donated horse will go through a 120-day trial period and must have a veterinary examination.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — State police are asking for help and support from Pennsylvanians for their mounted patrol unit.

They are looking for a few good horses.

The department says they rely on donations to keep its stable and horse-training academy, located in Hershey, going.

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The animals are deployed statewide for searches, crowd control and security.

They also participate in parades and other community events.

State police are looking for geldings between the ages of 5 and 15. They must stand between 16 hands and 18 hands tall.

The mounted unit prefers draft horses and draft-crosses with quiet and sound dispositions. They must be free of serious stable vices.

Any donated horse will go through a 120-day trial period and must have a veterinary examination.

Once the horses are ready for retirement, the state police first offer them back to their original owner; but if for any reason they are unable to accept them, the unit will find them another suitable home.

If you want more information, or are interested in donating a horse, you can contact state police at cneidigh@pa.gov