This past Saturday, our city and our military base had a joint Search-and-Rescue (SaR) exercise. For a change of "scenery" they requested to have this at our Saddle Club. As riders and non-SaR people, we were invited to join with our horses so they could add mounted civilian searchers to their exercise.
I joined in with my soon-to-be 5 year old TWH, Rylen, for the exposure. There were quads, argos, radios, lots of people and trucks and as expected he took everything in stride. We were on our own with a radio searching one of our large pastures.
The exercise scenario was that a rider had gone out the night before and her horse had returned without her. We actually rode by the "victim" in the trees within the first 10 minutes lol but we didn't see her and she didn't see us until we were almost past her. When she called out to us it just happened that a fighter jet flew overhead at that exact moment, so we didn't hear her. An hour and a half later we rode by the same spot and she tossed a water bottle out and it got Rylen's attention.
He was pooped when we were done, but had been such a good boy. I was very proud of him
There was even a news reporter there that interviewed us while we stood waiting for the "victim" to be taken out of the field. Back at the "base camp" he had asked if he could do a little blurb in front of Rylen, I jokingly said "sure, but if you want you can do it from on top of him". He took me up on the offer, which is more great exposure for Rylen as I feel the more different people on his back the better.
Turns out we were on the local news! He thought it was super cute when Rylen decided to investigate the video camera, so he included it lol. Here are our 15 secs....( oh, and the news report lol ) NEWCAP NEWS AUGUST 9 2014 - YouTube