Manchester Mounted Patrol while in the area and took some photos of Valor and General Stark getting ready for their day in downtown Manchester.

Officer Paul Rondeau is the rider of Valor, a 15-year-old grand-looking Percheron and 12-year mainstay of the Manchester Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit. Valor measures 18 hands and tips the scales at 2,000 pounds.

Officer Kelly McKenney is the rider of General Stark a handsome 11-year-old Clydesdale cross and 4-year veteran. General Stark stands 16 hands high (64 inches at the withers, or shoulders) and weighs 1,500 pounds

The feeding and upkeep of the horses are all funded with private donations from Friends Of Manchester Mounted Patrol.

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