The Standardbred Retirement Foundation has announced that Cheyenne Western and Weapons Dealer will be joining their friends at the New York City Mounted Police Unit.
Genius At Work was the first to join the ranks of the Police Department, and his work ethic and wonderful demeanour has lead to others being invited to see if they can make the cut.
There is a lot involved in trying a horse for mounted police work. These horses must load and travel well, stand quietly in all situations when asked, tolerate crowds, smoke, bicycles, loud noises, guns, motorcycles, construction sights, flags, and much more. Their mannerism must also be stellar when called upon for public relations.
To be ready for this kind of work these horses go through about three months of training before they are tested on back streets. If they pass the test they get an official badge. The NYPD Unit has about 50 horses presently and were ready should they have been called upon during the troubling times NYC was experiencing.
Cheyenne Seeber, a 17.2 hand gentle giant, recently made it through in record time. Cheyenne Western left SRF's Cream Ridge, NJ location yesterday along with Weapons Dealer to try out for the task.
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(With files from the SRF)