Seven new border agents ready for horseback patrols

Station command staff and instructors pose with the graduates.
Station command staff and instructors pose with the graduates.

Seven new agents in Texas are ready to patrol the state’s border with Mexico on horses who once roamed the western rangelands.

The agents all graduated last Thursday from the Laredo Sector Horse Patrol Class at a ceremony in front of their families and peers.

The Laredo Sector Horse Patrol currently has 18 horses, most of them named by local elementary school students.

During the four-week program the agents learn advanced riding techniques.

The horses were obtained through the US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, under which wild horses are removed from the western rangelands to keep numbers in check.

The horses were trained by inmates at a Colorado correctional facility under the Wild Horse Inmate Program.

The Laredo Sector Horse Patrol was re-established in January 2010 and has made a distinct and positive impact on border patrol operations in the Laredo sector.

“These agents work in arduous conditions, long hours patrolling the border, and caring for these horses is truly a labor of love,” Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Roberto Santos told those attending the graduation ceremony.

The agents carry out their patrol duties with US Customs and Border Protection, the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of US borders.

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