San Diego Police Horses Up for Auction

Seven San Diego police horses will be sold in an online auction after their unit was disbanded in December, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

San Diego Police Assistant Chief Bob Kanaski said the seven horses, which range in age from 9 to 12 years old, will likely bring opening bids of $500 to $1,500. Their equipment will also be offered for sale.

The auction will begin today. Potential buyers can see the horses from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, but the animals cannot be ridden or handled. Kanaski told the Union-Tribune other law enforcement groups have expressed interest in the animals, which are sound and trained for crowds, traffic, and loud noises.

Information will be posted on

The move is expected to save the city $243,000 annually. Read more.

(Update: while the original reported described the horses as stallions, they are now listed on the auction page as geldings.)

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Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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