The Pennsylvania State Police are seeking donations of horses to support its mounted patrol unit.

The stable is located and maintained in Hershey, PA and has 28 horses. The horses are used throughout the state in searches, crowd control, security and to patrol in remote areas.  They also participate in in parade demonstrations and other community events.

Description of horses suitable for donation:

“The donated horses must be geldings between the ages of 5 and 15 years old and stand between 16 hands (5 foot 4 inches at the shoulder) and 18 hands tall.  Draft and draft-crosses are the preferred breed. Thoroughbreds and other “hot bloods” are less desirable.  They should also have quiet and sound dispositions.

Horses are accepted on a 120-day trial basis to determine their suitability. A veterinary examination will also be performed.

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 the animals.”

For further information or to arrange a donation please contact Corporal Carrie Neidigh at 717-533-3463 or


Courtesy photo – PA State Police