SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The San Francisco Police Department welcomed two new members to the mounted police patrol in a special ceremony at Union Square Monday, as three horses retired from the force.
Strider, a half Belgian, half quarter horse was welcomed to the force by the crowd. Officer Matt Castagnola said a good disposition is what makes a good police horse.READ MORE: UPDATE: Cal Fire Crews Battling Fremont Fire in Sonoma County
“I mean…not any horse can be a police horse,” he said.
Strider, along with Quinn will be saddled up just as Rebel, Hammer and Magnum, retire.
When asked what kind of pension the retiring horses get, Castagnola said it’s very good. “They get to go just be horses, hang out, eat all the grass hay and carrots they want,” he said.READ MORE: Woman Faces 15 Years In Prison For 2017 Fatal DUI In Livermore
The ceremony was held at Lefty O’Doul’s restaurant, a popular eatery for mounted patrol officers.