TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It’s National Day Of The Horse and the Border Patrol is celebrating with a little ‘throwback Thursday’ flare, the USBP Horse Patrol.
In the early days of the Border Patrol, new recruits provided their own horse and saddle. These days, the Border Patrol finds its horses for the Horse Patrol via adoption, purchase and even seizure.
Horse Patrol units are found across the United States, in nearly all of the Southwest Border states as well as up north into areas of Washington state and Montana.
The Horse Patrol has a herd of nearly 400 horses and approximately 300 agents who together monitor remote areas along the international boundary that are inaccessible to standard all-terrain vehicles.
Horses entering the Horse Patrol receive green breaking and saddle training prior to joining the herd and/or deploying to the field.
Once a horse is active for patrol, Horse Patrol Instructors and wranglers ensure that the horse maintains desired performance and behaviors conducive to patrol via regularly performed training and assessments.