||Three years old|
||Turner, Oregon, USA|
handsome boy is Nigel. He is a Friesian Mustang cross with Friesian
Sport Horse. Nigel is training to be a Search and Rescue Posse Mount when he
grows up. Some people do not realize that it take a horse longer than a dog,
for example, to be grown up and ready for training! He is going to be four
years old this July and has just started his riding and desensitization training.
We hope to participate in some increased intensity police horse training this
summer. He's a great partner, thinks he's a Labrador instead of a horse ... I
just have to be careful when he tries to jump in my lap :0) he honestly does
think he'd fit in my lap - despite the fact just his head is too big to
actually fit, never mind the rest of him, silly horse! We are anxious to get
into Mt. Jefferson wilderness area and do some trail riding and exploration
when the snow melts...
He's always such a goof I don't have many face shots... but he is such a great horse!
Nigel and I would like to add a plug for the Marion County Sheriff's Search
and Rescue Teams. We are multifaceted, Jeep team, ATV team, Foot crew a.k.a.
Team 18, Chuckwagon and of course my favorite, the Mounted Posse.
Although we are all separate teams we function like a well-oiled machine
under urgent or emergency situations. We love volunteering in the community.
Just this month Jeep team shuttled nurses to Salem Hospital because there was
so much snow and the roads were unsafe. If it weren't for Jeep Team's effort
there would not have been enough critical staff to care for the patients.
Posse patrolled a few years back when there was a tornado east of Salem. Crew
18 repeatedly helps with lost persons. Posse has been on several search
missions, mostly in Marion County, but we also respond to other counties and
have actively helped in the Kyron Horman search. We rescue starved and abused
animals and really enjoy being involved in the community.
I really enjoy all my posse pals and all the teams that are involved with
search and rescue, truly impressive and great people! And Nigel is looking
forward to the time he can be a trained member of the Mounted Posse himself!
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