For the first time, the Border Patrol Sector in the RGV is sending a group of horse troops to be part of a Presidential Inauguration.
George De La Rosa, Supervisor Border Patrol Agent, “The Washington D.C Office Head Quarters was the one who slated and asked for us to participate. Originally, we were slated for eight horses, we went ahead and asked for a couple more. So we’re going to be transporting a total of ten animals.”
What many don’t know about the horses that will be part of the inauguration, is that they once roamed free in public lands in the west.
George De La Rosa, “In the fleet of all horses we have 37 that are wild Mustangs adopted through the Bureau of Land Management and the three that were seized.”
But how do you get a wild animal and prepare it for something as big as a presidential inauguration?
George De la Rosa, “As far as their training is concerned, pretty much all these horses have been desensitized to all the stuff that will probably occur like the loud noises, closeness of people, the parade itself, flyers, banners. Things of that nature.”
One thing is for sure here, all trainers and members of border patrol are proud that some of their horse troops will be part of this historical event.
Ruben Garcia, Horse Patrol Coordinator for the RGV Sector, “We’re very humble, and very proud. Super excited, and again very humble to have that opportunity.”
George De La Rosa, “It’s a great honor. It’s a privilege. We’re not only representing the valley, but all the way to the San Diego Sector.”
The 10 horses that will represent the RGV Sector are expected to arrive at the nation’s capital at the end of this week.