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Working with Newport Beach police horses is a ‘labor of love’ for mounted unit

Working with Newport Beach police horses is a ‘labor of love’ for mounted unit

Stogie is named for a distinctive mark near the edge of his mouth that looks like a cigar. Cricket, with her one brown eye and one blue eye, has a taste for Lay’s sour cream and onion potato chips.

And Huck enjoys sharing a cold one while off duty.

He’s not horsing around. Huck — though not technically of age — has a taste for suds. Coors Light to be exact.

“It has to be cheap,” said Huck’s owner, Lori Hayden, a volunteer with the Newport Beach Police Department. “He doesn’t like IPAs. He spits them out. It’s actually really funny to watch.”

While the three quarter horses — like the officers and volunteers who own them — have distinct characteristics, they all have...

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