Pictures of Border Patrol mustangs

19 02 2009
Buck and Justice

Buck and Justice

Many, many thanks to Deb Borches, whose husband is with the U.S. Border Patrol and went last month to Washington, D.C., for President Obama’s inauguration parade. She provided these pictures so we could catch a glimpse of some of the horses on their way to the big show. Thank you! She said if anyone wants to see pictures of any of the other horses (see next pic), she has more photos. Because of our specific interest in Justice, being from Spring Creek Basin, she focused on providing pictures that include him. Leave a note in the comments section if you’d like to see other horses (Deb may see the comments, and I’ll also forward the requests), and while you’re at it, please remember to thank her for providing these pictures!

Stable accommodations

Stable accommodations

All the boys: Justice, Zeus, Chase, Nash (Kootenai), Bullet, Okanogan, Josie, Ike, Brutis and Buck. It looks like Buck might have been a little shy down at the end.

Justice in his stall

Justice in his stall

Here’s a closer look at Justice. Look at his star! These pictures are the first I’ve seen that really show he has a star.

Play time

Play time

Zeus, right, and Justice chewing on Buck. According to information about the mustangs, Justice and Zeus are both stationed in Colville, Wash., and Buck is at Metaline Falls, Wash. Buck came from the Devils Garden Plateau HMA in California, and Zeus was gathered from the White Mountain HMA in Wyoming.

Party gear

Party gear

Woo hoo! Handsome boy Justice showing off his new tack for the parade. Check out his breast collar; the mustangs that went to D.C. are all part of the Border Patrol’s Spokane Sector, which patrols part of the country’s border with Canada. (I just realized this might not be Justice because of the mane orientation – might be Zeus?)

Justice and Brutis

Justice and Brutis

Look how shiny they are, even in their fuzzy winter coats. I asked Deb to give the Border Patrol agents a big collective thank you for taking such good care of these mustangs. Those are some stout boys!

Thank you, Deb, for the pictures! I so appreciate you sharing these with us!


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4 responses

20 02 2009
Billie

Great photos! It is wonderful to know that these mustangs have a good home and are being put to good use. I wish more people would realize that the mustang is a very versatile horse, maybe more would find homes. Thanks for sharing the pictures Deb. Thanks TJ for posting them here for all to see.

20 02 2009
TJ

I agree, and I’d love to see more government agencies (USFS, NPS … BLM) using mustangs as saddle and pack horses, using them in terrain they know best and for which they are perfectly well-suited. The Border Patrol has the right idea!
TJ

20 02 2009
Lynn Bauer

Amen to all the above!! These mustangs and their riders represent some of the best about America!! We’re very proud of them and the folks who help protect our borders!
Lynn and Kathy

20 02 2009
TJ

Couldn’t have said it better myself. 🙂
TJ

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