John Ford and John Wayne would get a kick out of this story:
Horses have been part of the U.S. Border Patrol since the agency was founded in the 1920s, and now they are making a comeback.
Like their forebearers, present-day Border Agents use sturdy quarter horses — so called as they are the fastest breed over a quarter mile, and also are renowned for their strength.
Last year, more than 870,000 illegal immigrants were arrested crossing over the border from Mexico, more than a third of them through the wilds of Arizona.
In addition to getting Border Agents swiftly and steathily into the rugged, mountainous areas through which illegal immigrants and drug smugglers cross, horses also are active partners in detecting border crossers: ‘Their sight and hearing is much sharper than ours. When they sense someone . . . you feel it, and you know to get ready,’ said Border Patrol agent Galen Huffman.
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Here’s a link to the excellent Reuters article on which this entry is based.
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