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2 rescued horses to join L.A. sheriff's mounted patrol

March 14, 2011 |  8:51 am

Two horses rescued from mistreatment are getting a second chance with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A thoroughbred mare and a Palomino gelding, living in an equine shelter after being found starving, are now being trained for mounted patrol service.

Sgt. John Hargraves, a 30-year-veteran, was in need of a new horse to replace his aging mount and heard that animal services had recently seized a number of undernourished horses.

During his trips to the shelters he found two horses that appeared suitable for law-enforcement careers.

The mare, a former racehorse, very quickly began responding to cues to walk, trot, back and turn. The Palomino, abandoned and found starving after it got stuck under a fence, also seemed “eager to please,” sheriff’s officials said.

The animals are being nursed back to health and trained to assist in mounted enforcement work.

“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.

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