Originally Posted by FaceTheMusic
Last year I was able to work with the local mounted sheriffs patrol. My trainer is a sheriff so she got me in to see what it's like. I only did parades and practices with them. No search and rescue or actual patrols.
This particular group isn't very well organized and I don't think I plan on joining but it was fun to try it out for the experience. Also, these officers don't get paid. They are volunteers. They do get paid for their regular sheriffing duties but not for the mounted patrol stuff.
I would try to contact your local mounted patrol and ask if you can shadow them at a training session. Maybe ask them some questions about being in the mounted patrol and what it's like. It seems that there is a lot of variation in the mounted patrol depending on where you are located.
Just goes to prove how they all can be different. My father was paid for all trainings, half of the horse expenses (vet, farrier, feed), and even was given a bonus for any hours working on horseback after becoming part of the mounted unit.