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Border Patrol's latest agents: Six wild mustangs

Horses will help Tucson Sector agents in field

  • The Border Patrol's new mustangs, in a corral in Willcox.
    B. Poole/TucsonSentinel.comThe Border Patrol's new mustangs, in a corral in Willcox.
  • An agent, on one of the agency's existing mounts.
    B. Poole/TucsonSentinel.comAn agent, on one of the agency's existing mounts.
  • An agent, on one of the agency's existing mounts.
    B. Poole/TucsonSentinel.comAn agent, on one of the agency's existing mounts.
  • An agent, on one of the agency's existing mounts.
    B. Poole/TucsonSentinel.comAn agent, on one of the agency's existing mounts.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents saddled up six former wild mustangs in Willcox on Friday.

The mustangs will become part of the Border Patrol's horse unit that aids agents while patrolling remote and rugged terrain, according to a press release from the agency.

The mustangs were adopted through the Bureau of Land Management and were part of the Colorado Corrections Industries' Wild Horse Inmate Program that employs prison inmates to help tame the animals for riding.

Colorado Correctional Industries, a division of the Colorado Department of Corrections, helps inmates learn valuable skills and reduce the need for general-funded programs.

"These horses are more rugged and last longer in the field," Agent Jason Rheinfrank, a Border Patrol spokesman, said in an interview Thursday.

A Border Patrol horse coordinator selected the animals from the WHIP program.

"They have to be the cream of the crop," Rheinfrank said.

The animals will be put into service on patrol around the Tucson Sector.

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