MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S MOUNTED UNIT
By MARYLOU YUSKIEWICZ

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit started in 1938 under the direction of Sheriff Albert Skinner they consist of seven horses and seven specially trained deputies who utilize them. They operate from a barn located in Mendon Ponds Park. The Mounted Unit continues to serve the community by participating in a variety of community events, providing special attentions to high crime areas, and county parks. From their position on top of a horse, the officers can spot problems and try to defuse situations at an early stage.

The Mounted Unit provides assistance at a number of events throughout the year which includes but not limited to the annual Polar Plunge, LPGA, Bills Camp, Rochester Marathon, Mendon Winter fest, Parades and assisting the Rochester Police Department. They came to the Clarkson Horse Show Grounds in 2009 and were well received. In addition, they also participates in funeral details, and demonstrations for the clergy and senior citizen academies.

Ethan Conlon & PattyOn June 6th, we visited the Mounted Unit in Mendon Ponds Park. We were greeted by Deputy Johnstone who gave us an incredible tour. Every inch of this facility was well-maintained. All 7 deputies work part-time at the stables and part-time on patrol. We learned about what feed they use, bedding, pasture time, equipment used and the special training each horse goes thru to be able to perform their job when duty calls. We met 6 horses *up close and personal*, Deputy Johnstone explained that most are draft breeds and how they became a member of the mounted unit.

The 7th horse - *Patty* a 21 year old QH mare was inside being groomed/saddled for a special 5 year old that came to see the horses despite his broken arm (playing with his friends). He wanted to sit on *Patty* but was apprehensive but we all know the *magic* between horses and children – Ethan is all smiles and an honorary deputy. A week later Ethan had Open Heart Surgery – he is now a happy healthy 6 year old!

Thank you to Deputies Friedlander, Furnal, Schnars and Johnstone for an amazing day! Now when you see this unit at events, don’t hesitate to stop over and say hello!


 


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