Detroit — The newest Detroit police recruit eats seven pounds of hay a day.

Hoosier, a 7-year-old horse raised in Lafayette, Indiana, joined the Detroit mounted patrol Sunday after weeks of getting familiar with the big city.

Sergeant Eric Eide stood on a milk crate and shaved the horse's mane, a tradition when a new horse joins the force. Detroit uses five horses to patrol neighborhoods and big public events, such as parades, protests and sports events.

Assistant Chief Steve Dolunt says horses are effective because they have a calming effect on people.

Besides getting a new horse, the mounted unit also welcomed two new officers, Kevin King and Jerrod Willis. They received their spurs.

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