The Pennsylvania State Police are seeking donations for horses to join their Mounted Patrol Unit. While a member of the force these horses will take part in searches, crowd control, patrols in remote areas, and parades. The most desirable horses for the Mounted Patrol are geldings that come from draft or draft crosses; they should stand between 16 and 18 hands high and be aged between 5 and 15 years old; the animals need a quiet and sound disposition and cannot have serious stable vices. The State Police will at first accept the horses on a 120 day trial basis while they determine the animal’s suitability to the job. 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 them. Donations often come from farms or stables that find taking care of the horses is becoming a financial strain or believe that a working life will be good for the horse. For more information or to arrange a donation please call Sergeant Carrie A. Neidigh at (717)533-3463.