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By Susan Salk on August 3, 2016
Thoroughbreds who’ve been standing in retirement fields for years—even a decade — are proving to be ideally suited to join police mounted units, according to a California horseman who is working to keep up with the demand for OTTBs from a local Sheriff’s department. “I think I’m seeing a trend” which finds a retired racehorse Thoroughbred, given time to let down from the racetrack, to be an officer’s perfect partner, says Julie Baker, the founder/president of Healing Arenas in Escalon, Calif. “They’ve had to survive in a herd environment, which is pretty key to mounted unit work. They have to tolerate […]