Scent Detection Horses
There is a new concept being used and studied by many
across the world, it is the Air Scenting Detection Equine. Air Scenting is a
search tool used for detection work. Horses are trained to follow airborne scent
to its source, which could be a missing person, narcotics, etc. The
scenting horse only goes into the scent locating mode when given special cues,
otherwise it can double as a patrol, family riding or show horse.
The Lost Art
Really, people, using the horse's
scenting abilities is nothing new. While reading history, you will find examples
on how the horse's scenting ability helped early pioneers find water, warn them
when danger was near and for hunting. One example of this can be found in the
book The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. In this book they
describe how Roosevelt used his horse's air scenting abilities to hunt buffalo.
Other examples on how the horse’s scent locating abilities were used for hunting 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. I have taken this lost art from a state of oblivion
and developed a innovative training program, so
equine scent detection could be used in today’s modern world.
Natural Instincts/ Natural Horsemanship
Using equine scent locating is
natural horsemanship in it purest form. The horse has been selectively bred in the wild to use
it's air scent locating abilities to search for
choice feed, minerals, water, it's own kind and to avoid danger. Horses learn
scent locating very quickly, and they enjoy it because it is the only completely
natural task they do for man. Scent detection training is the quickest road to
learning the horse’s sign language. You can train your equine to scent detect a
variety of sources that can range from clothing, people, treats or even an
equine toy. During training, you will develop an understanding of sign language
and rely totally on it in order to achieve your goal. Learning to read your horse's
language will help you advance in all horsemanship skills .