LAREDO, Texas - On June 5, 2018, the Laredo Sector Border Patrol Horse Patrol Unit graduated five (5) new recruits to its unit. The entire Laredo Sector Horse Patrol Unit is composed of mustangs adopted from the United States Bureau of Land Management.
The agents were able to successfully pass the (CBP) Customs and Border Protection National Horse Patrol Basic Training program. The training consisted of four (4) weeks of intense and rigorous horseback riding in a controlled arena setting with an additional week of on the job training. The agents were also taught general veterinary care along with caring for the mustang’s nutritional needs. At the end of the course, each agent had to take a final written and practical assessment.
Laredo Sector reintroduced the Horse Patrol Unit in January of 2010 as a cost effective method to patrol the vast terrain and to provide these once wild mustangs a home.
“These agents achieved a significant milestone in their career by successfully completing this rigorous training and graduating today. This further demonstrates the challenges the men and women of the United States Border Patrol undergo to keep our citizens safe,” said Division Chief Greg Burwell.
To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994.