East Texas Mounted Search
WE SERVE OUR COMMUNITY AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES BY ASSISTING LAW ENFORCEMENT
IN A COORDINATED EFFORT
TO SEARCH, FIND AND RESCUE PEOPLE IN DISTRESS.
For more information please call Novalene Thurston, Chairman at 936-521-9935
A hiker is lost in the woods. A mounted search-and-rescue team with search-horses is called on to aid the search. If you're an adventurous, skilled trail rider, you and your horse might be valuable assets to a mounted search-and-rescue team.
Horses as Searchers
Some believe the detection capabilities of prey animals are superior to that of a predator's. In the wild, horses can detect threats that may be downwind, using their eyes and ears, and even by sensing ground vibration. On a search, the horse listens, sees, and feels. He expresses himself to his rider and the world.
The horse also has as good or better olfactory equipment as most dogs. He can vary his sensing level from the ground to seven feet high or more. He can also aim his nose over a greater angle than a dog can without moving his body.
Plus, a horse can learn which scents are what, and will ignore scents identified as not of interest. Thus, a horse will ignore other horses known to him and their riders if so instructed.
And ? unlike a dog that often appears as a threatening, barking monster that chases after the search subject ? horses, while huge, usually aren't seen as threatening.
Develop Your Skills
If you'd like to be part of a mounted search-and-rescue team contact us. Go to our Contact Page for information.