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Equine Team


Tonto Rim Search & Rescue (TRSAR) has an Equine Team that is dedicated to saving lives, providing assistance, and ensuring the safety of individuals in distress. With a unique combination of human and equine capabilities, we tackle challenging terrains and situations to locate and rescue those in need.  

Here’s an overview of what we do and the skills required to be part of our team.

What We Do:

  • Search Operations: Our equine team specializes in traversing diverse landscapes, including dense forests, rugged mountains, and open fields, to locate missing persons or individuals in distress.
  • Rescue Missions: Our equine team provides assistance during rescue missions, especially in situations where individuals are stranded or injured in remote locations inaccessible by vehicles. Horses can traverse difficult terrain more effectively than most vehicles, allowing rescuers to reach individuals in need quickly and efficiently.
  • Collaboration with Other Agencies: Our equine team works closely with other search and rescue organizations, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, and government entities to coordinate efforts during search and rescue operations.
  • Community Engagement: We engage with the community through educational programs, demonstrations, and outreach events to promote safety awareness and responsible outdoor recreation.

Skills Needed:

  • Equine Handling: Members of our team must possess excellent horsemanship skills, including the ability to handle and care for horses in various environments.
  • Navigation: Proficiency in map reading, GPS navigation, and orienteering is essential for effective search and rescue operations in diverse terrains.
  • First Aid and Emergency Response: Basic first aid knowledge and training in emergency response protocols are critical for providing immediate assistance to those in distress.
  • Communication: Clear and concise communication skills are vital for coordinating efforts within the team and liaising with emergency services and other stakeholders.
  • Physical Fitness: Search and rescue operations often require physical stamina and endurance to endure long hours of riding and navigating challenging terrains.
  • Teamwork: Collaborative teamwork is key to the success of our operations. Members must work cohesively with fellow team members, equine partners, and other agencies involved in rescue efforts.

To Learn More:

If you are passionate about making a difference in your community, possess the necessary skills, and share an appreciation for the bond between humans and horses, we welcome you to learn more about our Equine Search and Rescue Team.  Please consider attending a TRSAR General Meeting held the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Payson Library.