The Border Patrol is saving money while gaining horses particularly skilled at patrolling in rugged mountainous terrain.

Six wild mustangs were delivered to the Tucson Sector’s Border Patrol Horse Patrol Training Center in Kansas Settlement, 15 miles south of Willcox, last week.

The mustangs had been gathered by the Bureau of Land Management from areas where the wild mustang population was considered too high, said Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Bobbi Schad, who is also the Tucson Sector Horse Patrol Coordinator.

“BLM selectively reduces a population, just as the Arizona Game and Fish Department watches herd populations. They determine where to pull them from and how many,” she said