Border Patrol in Presidio Benefiting from Horse Patrol

Border Patrol in Presidio Benefiting from Horse Patrol

When walking, cars or ATVs don’t do the job, Border Patrol Agents in the Big Bend Sector have turned to horse patrol.
When walking, cars or ATVs don’t do the job, Border Patrol Agents in the Big Bend Sector have turned to horse patrol.

“We can get through places that cars can't take us through,” said Agent Garcia Padilla of the Presidio station.

And in the desert-like terrain in Presidio, horses owned by border patrol have become a valuable tool, helping catch illegal immigrants or people trying to bring drugs across the border.

“They'll go anywhere trying to get away from us and these horses will follow them, they are pretty good about following sign. Also they look at the floor on the ground, if there is any sign on the ground, they'll follow it,” Garcia Padilla said.

The horses constantly find lost tourist and smugglers.

The Border Patrol in that area currently has seven Wild Mustangs shared between four agents.

In order to ride them, the agents must go through a special training and later continue to care for the horses.

“We have to put in a lot of work. It's constantly day in and day out we have to work with them we have to spend a lot of time with them, we have to be able to give them confidence so they can trust us in taking them wherever they have to go,” Garcia Padilla said.

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