The Cleveland Metroparks Mounted Rangers have announced a new member to the department. Myron is a seven year old American Saddle Bred chestnut color gelding. Myron has been with the Mounted Unit for the past four weeks while taking part in preliminary tests that indicate whether he has the fortitude and potential to join the Mounted Rangers Unit. Part of the rigorous testing is seeing if the horse has the proper demeanor necessary for horses dealing in law enforcement.
"Disposition is everything," says Ranger Jessica McNally, a level-two Certified Mounted Training Instructor. "We look for a horse that is astute and sensitive. He must be able to work public relations details but also be powerful and forceful enough to work crowd control and traffic stops. In addition, he must maintain a strong disposition during arrests, field interviews and other daily patrol tasks."
Over the past weeks, Myron was tested to determine his reaction to distractions that would spook an average horse. He was subjected to noises such as sirens as well as pulsating lights to test his adaptability. Having been found acceptable he will now go into a year of intense training. Myron’s training will take place primarily at the Brecksville Stables arena this winter and will include sensory, obstacle and tactical training. Ranger McNally will be on hand to build a bond of trust with her new partner. It is hoped that Myron will be ready for patrol duty next summer alongside another horse.
Myron is the tenth horse now active in the Ranger Department’s Mounted Unit to join with the seven mounted rangers. The purpose is to have more than one horse per ranger in case of illness or injury to the animals. In all, the Rangers patrol on horseback nearly 23,000 acres of Cleveland Metroparks Reservations.
Myron was donated by Jeffery Gerrick from Medina. Myron's first day of service is November 1, 2013.