Wednesday I took a break while doing errands and drove a couple of blocks over to check in on the police horses. This was a favorite destination when my granddaughter was little, but it has been a while since I visited.
It was my lucky day because Officer Joe Caproni was working outside and invited me in to see our large four-legged officers. We had a nice chat about the Dover Mounted Patrol and how the Master Gardeners might help with some planters on each side of the entry gates.
So, I’m taking liberty with my ‘door’ today because it is a work in progress. Two sides of the shelter are being enclosed, and there will be an opening on the paddock side to enter and exit.
Rasa and CJ are our resident police horses who patrol our streets, keep us safe, and keep us smiling with pride.
Rasa, on the left, is a 12-year old black Percheron, standing 16.3 hands, weighing approximately 1,600 pounds. She holds the distinction of being the first mare and the first rescue horse. Rasa came from Pennsylvania, where they think she was a cart horse. She was purchased and donated by Chinburg Properties, and Officer Caproni is her primary rider.
CJ, on the right, is a 13-year old Belgian, standing 17.2 hands, weighing approximately 1,800 pounds, and was donated by and named after our local C&J Trailways. He is primarily ridden by Officer Murch.
The Dover Police Mounted Patrol started in 1998 as part of the department’s desire to foster a strong community presence while being proactive in crime prevention. Today there are only two Mounted Patrols in the state – Dover and Manchester.
The horses and their needs are totally supported and sponsored through donations from the local community. Our largest power company provides the property they live on while several generous local companies and an enthusiastic group of volunteers provide everything else including maintenance, equipment, and food.
As a resident, it is certainly a privilege to have the Dover Mounted Patrol contributing to the safety of our streets. And, as a horse lover, what can I say – they are beautiful specimens to behold.🙂
Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, December 1, 2016.