Horse Certification

The current version of the Judges' Checklist for Horse Certification is located here.  Please note that this is a working document and may change at any time without notice.

Here are a few of the major requirements:
  • Horse must be well-mannered, non-aggressive, calm, trail experienced
  • Horse must pony and be ponied
  • Horse must stand quietly while tied and on the trailer
  • Horse must load into a strange trailer by a strange handler with no input from owner, in less than 10 minutes
  • Horse and rider must successfully complete a daylight ride of 10-15 miles or 3-5 hours
  • Horse and rider must successfully complete a night ride of at least 4 miles or 1 hour
  • Horse and rider must successfully camp overnight using only items carried on horseback
  • Horse must work independently from the herd, that is, leave and be left
  • Rider must maintain control of the horse around bicycles, ATVs, chainsaws, gun fire, car alarms, sirens, and other stimuli
  • Rider must mount from ground (incl. rock/log) while horse stands quietly
  • Other requirements as specified
Please see attachments below, for more information about standards imposed by the Maine Association for Search and Rescue (MASAR) on all SAR horses.  All our horses must meet these standards in order to become certified for Search and Rescue under MASAR.  Their riders must meet a different set of standards, which are explained on our Rider Certification Requirements page.
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Sharon Kenney,
Apr 15, 2011, 8:43 AM
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Sharon Kenney,
Apr 15, 2011, 8:44 AM
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Sharon Kenney,
Apr 15, 2011, 8:43 AM