The Horse Mounted Unit of the Park Police, one of the oldest police equestrian organizations in the United States, has agreed to buy two horses from the Asbury University Police Mount training program.
The horses will be used to patrol federal parks in Washington, D.C., New York City or San Francisco. The Park Police usually rely on donated animals, but they began to research the possibility of buying horses when funding became available last year.
The horses will spend the next month in Washington at the Park Police's training center, undergoing further evaluation and training. Situations the horses are required to handle calmly include affectionate small children, fireworks, parades and potentially tense crowd-management scenarios.
Asbury University has previously sold several horses to police departments in Lexington and North Carolina. Money raised from the sales help sustain the training program at the university.
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Asbury was the only university in the world that was invited to demonstrate at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and is the only Christian school in the South that offers an equine management major. For more about Asbury's equine programs, go to Asbury.edu/academics/departments/hper/equine-center.
Senior center to host gift fair
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