Business body provides new stables for police horses

2012-11-29 00:00

EIGHT horses belonging to the Pietermaritzburg Equestrian Unit will now sleep under shelter after braving the elements until now.

Eight new stables were handed over to the Pietermaritzburg Equestrian Unit yesterday by Business Fighting Crime (BFC), which has been supporting the unit since it was established in 1997.

The unit has 25 horses.

BFC chair Koos Vorster said: “The horses are doing an amazing job. It is a wonderful way to prevent crime.”

BFC supplied equipment for the new stables and also helped with tractors, trailers, farrier equipment (to shoe the horses) and other materials.

This means a lot to Lieutenant- Colonel Sean Jacklin, chairperson of the unit, because it means the horses will finally have a warm place to sleep.

Before the stables were built, the horses had to sleep outside and brave the rainy and cold weather.

Jacklin said they were aware of the bad weather and felt that it wasn’t fair on the horses.

“They are working horses and now they have shelter and will be warm,” he said.

During the holiday season the unit will be patrolling the beaches in Durban. Jacklin said the advantage with patrolling on horses is that they can get to where they are needed quickly.

The unit, which started working with only six horses, has had great successes in the past in fighting crime and they hope to expand.

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