Woman donates horse to Raleigh police mounted patrol

Posted January 5, 2012

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— The City Council has accepted the donation of a 7-year-old horse to the Raleigh Police Department's mounted patrol.

Martha Burke, of Upperville, Va., offered Parker, a painted/draft horse that the department has renamed Major, because she knew it would get needed training.

Police said training a new horse during a 60-day trial period involves basic riding skills between officer and animal; police-specific tasks like crowd control, riding in formation and foot chases; and sensory work to get the horse used to sirens, blue lights, flares and other things the animal might encounter on the job.


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  • SueInNC Jan 10, 2012

    That's great! :-)

  • Desiderata Jan 10, 2012

    Thanks to the person who donated this horse. The 60 day trial will help them determine if Major is up to the demanding job he will have. Not all horses can do this, but the training they get is some of the best! THe relationship between trainier and horse , and horse and rider is vital to the success of the program.I wish them the best and would love to see a follow up story!

  • aquaaja1 Jan 6, 2012

    thank you...unchawk08..HAVE A GOOD EVENING

  • unchawk08 Jan 6, 2012

    They only have 4 horses right now. If this one passes all the training they will have 5.

  • ncngwife Jan 6, 2012

    Want 3 more?

  • teklc Jan 5, 2012

    a tax write off

  • aquaaja1 Jan 5, 2012

    cool...does anyone know how many horses the city has already ??