Police Horse Diary Launched Online

An online diary following the training of two mounted police horse prospects is underway, and since it's a new undertaking for TheHorse.com, we hope you'll share your comments and questions as we guide the educational process of these two weanlings. The goal is to work with a curriculum developed by Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist Sue McDonnell, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, with input from Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship, to desensitize these weanlings so that by the time they are two years old, they will be easy to train to saddle, and by age three, they'll be ready for an experienced law enforcement officer to take on the street.

General curriculum concepts are designed to prepare young horses of good temperament to have superior compliance, acclimation, and early preparation specifically for police service, but equally suitable for other equestrian service. The curriculum is designed for college equine programs using student handlers of varied horse experience with guidance from faculty, professional staff, and consultants. The curriculum is based on academically sound (research-based) standard behavior modification techniques as a progressive curriculum of training, beginning with lightly handled 4-month-old half-bred weanlings and ending with 2-year-olds which are "bombproof" on the ground and started under saddle, if ready.

Stay tuned to TheHorse.com for Conan and Chapman's progress.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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