Air Scenting Horse History and Timeline
1600's, and 1700's
and early explorers gained wide use of the horse.
History tells us
that Native Americans used the horse's scenting abilities because they
developed symbols for a keen sense of smell. "A circle around the horse's
eye and nostrils for alert vision and a keen sense of smell". from
Documents tell us
how hunting guides followed their horse's nose in order to find buffalo,
from the book "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" by Edmund Morris.
Other examples on
the use of the horse's detection abilities can be found in the book "The
Mustangs" by J. Frank Dobie.
History tells us
that in the days when horses were used for man's survival, their natural air
scent locating ability played a much more important role than most people
are aware of.
A mustang named Sacramento repeatedly saved explorer Col. John Fremont's life by scenting enemies along the trail, wrote frontier historian Glenn R. Vernam.
In the 1970's a
Mounted Search and Rescue group from Oregon was reported to be relying on
horse scenting while performing their duties.
A mounted police
officer from New York, I believe, was featured in a newspaper story where he
told how he used his horse's scenting abilities in his line of work.
At this point,
even though some people across the U.S. know that the horse's scenting
ability can be useful in SAR, this natural instinct remains, for the most
part, virtually unknown and unexplored.
The first air
scenting horse training manual was written (Copyright 2001), first website
was setup and the first equine scent detection clinics were given by Terry
The first known
public demonstrations were given using equine scent detection for location
of clothing scent, cadaver scent and narcotic scent by Terry Nowacki.
As of 2008 there
is now a good number of either Mounted SAR groups, Natural Horse Enthusiasts,
or Mounted Law Enforcement agencies across the U.S. and Canada that use
the horse's natural scent detection abilities.