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Emergency Crews Training Horses

MEDFORD, Ore. — Search and rescue workers and other horse owners are being trained on how to use their horse during an emergency.

The riders are being trained this weekend on how to handle a horse in rough terrain, and how to keep the horse from being spooked by loud noises or lots of activity.

The trainers say the riders have to receive as much instruction as the horses and this weekend, they will be putting them through a variety of simulations.

“We’re going to use smoke, fire, lights, sirens, bridges, shredded tarps, a helicopter, pretty much anything your horse can possibly encounter,” Bill Richey, with National Mounted Police Services.

The training continues this weekend at south stage stables, and the public is invited to attend.