Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

Horse Of A Different Color: 2 Rescues Join LASD Mounted Patrol

Before you read more...
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

police-horse2.jpg
Photo by STERLINGDAVISPHOTO via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr


Photo by STERLINGDAVISPHOTO via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
Rescued from mistreatment and living in an equine shelter, a thoroughbred mare and a Palomino gelding are now getting "a second chance with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department," reports LA Now.

30-year-veteran, Sgt. John Hargraves, looking to replace his aging mount, heard animal services had recently seized a number of undernourished horses. At the shelter, he found two horses that seemed to have bright career futures in law enforcement.

The mare was a former racehorse and quickly began responding to cues like walk, trot, back and turn. The Palomino, who was found starving and abandoned after getting stuck under a fence, was "eager to please," said officials.

Support for LAist comes from

The animals are being nursed back to health and will be trained for mounted patrol service. In a statement, Hargraves said, "You don't need to have an expensive horse … just one that is sound, calm, and willing to learn and trust you," Hargraves said in a statement, reports LA Now.