CLEVELAND -- Horses have entertained us -- and served us -- from Roman battles to the Pony Express.
And they serve us still, in the city of Cleveland, where their presence has been around longer than most people know.
Eight horses and five officers make up the Cleveland Police Mounted Unit.
At about 108 years, they're the only unit that's never been shut down for financial reasons.Tax dollars pay for the officers, but nothing else.
It costs about $5,000 a year per horse to maintain the mounted unit. Most of that money is raised by the Friends of the Cleveland Police Mounted Unit.
Being on horseback makes officers more approachable and is effective for crowd control, according to the department.
Friends of the Cleveland Police Mounted Unit hopes to raise money to care for the horses when they hold a three-mile horse ride through downtown Cleveland 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.
They ask that participants check in between 9 and 9:45 a.m. in the muni lot. The ride will go up East Ninth Street through downtown, past the Horseshoe Casino and back to the muni lot for a tailgate party, which is open to the public.
Cost to participate in the ride is $20 through Aug. 25 and $30 after that.
Any questions, call Sgt. Medwid at (216) 623-5653 or Kathy King at (216) 990-9880 or email email@example.com.