[MSAR] Re: tracking
Jorene at CEOates.com
Mon Feb 9 11:05:05 EST 2004
Welcome to MSAR, Lois! And good for you for pursuing various skill sets. All fundamental ground SAR skills should be a part of MSAR training, and most transfer to the saddle nicely.
Man tracking includes searching for clues, so those skills should be applied every time you're on a call-out. Every SAR / MSAR should have at least Track Aware training. Teach your eyes to be looking, regardless if dismounted or in the saddle. Jack Kearney's book is recommended reading. In some conditions, it is easier to track from the saddle than on the ground. Your elevated position gives you a different angle of view and you can see further out, or over the top of obstacles where the person on foot can't see. When necessary, dismount.
Don't let anyone tell you that you can't track from the saddle - cowboys have been tracking cattle for many generations! Learn the skill on the ground, then transfer it to the saddle. If your MSAR unit is interested, there is a ManTracking instructor in NV who also offers tracking training for Mounted. Fernando's web site is http://www.nevadatrackers.com/ There may be others qualified in tracking who also offer training to MSAR.
Learn to pay close attention to your horse. Even with no Air Scenting training, with the flick of an ear, tilt of the head, etc., that mount will tell the rider when there is someone nearby. Very useful on a SAR.
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From: Lois Guyon
As a new member of the newly forming LaSalle County, Illinois, Sheriff's Posse, I have been working on my own training as well as that of my horse. This winter's reading has been on tracking. While sub-zero temperatures have kept me from going out and trying what I have read, I am eager to try tracking in the field. It seems to me that MSAR people can use tracking skills, and I wonder how may of you are trained in tracking and under what conditions you find this training helpful. I would like to hear about your tracking training, and times when you have used this skill.
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