Border Patrol horse unit instructors complete training course
After two weeks of a new instructor training course, Border Patrol's horse unit is reigning it in and ready to pass on their new skills.
"We just completed an instructor program with DPS Mounting Unit out of Austin and New Orleans Police Department Mounting Unit and we traded the best practices out of the three different organizations," said Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Jeff Wiggins.
The RGV Border Patrol Sector is made up of 40 horses that are utilized every single day of the year to access areas that agents, vehicles, boats, and other resources can’t reach.
"The other department deals with a lot of crowd control, which Border Patrol hasn't had to a lot yet, and they are teaching us the crowd control part,” Wiggins said. “We are doing more brush and wilderness type exercises with them, so we benefit off of each other."
The horses are also a vital part of the team because they can acclimate quickly to harsh conditions.
Wiggins adds that this training is in addition to other courses the horses will take part in throughout the year.