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Mounted Search and Rescue Teams by State

Updated on June 9, 2017

Search and Rescue on Horseback

This is not an exhaustive list of Mounted Search & Rescue Units. This is a list of MSAR units in the United States that have a website or some sort of online presence or contact information and include volunteer members. Some links go directly to the Sheriff's office sites that oversee the units.

If your team or one you know of is not yet included in the directory, please email the information to or leave a message in the guestbook below, so I can add the team to the directory.

FYI: If you see "none" for a state, that does not mean there are no Mounted SAR units there, just that I don't have information for any ... yet.

Read About Mounted SAR

Mounted Search and Rescue (MSAR) is a specialty within search and rescue, using horses for transportation and to search for missing persons. SAR responders on horseback are primarily a search resource, but they also can provide off-road logistics support and transportation.

This book deals with what to look for in your horse's attitude and training for a good search and rescue mount. Not all horses will make good search and rescue horses.

The text also deals with what is expected of the rider, and the equipment the rider and horse will both need. It covers different types of searches, what will happen at a search from beginning to end, and characteristics of the victims and the emergency care they may require, as well as care of horses during a search. There are also practice scenarios included. Many parts of this book can be applied to other types of search units, not just mounted.

Getting Ready for Mounted Search and Rescue
Getting Ready for Mounted Search and Rescue

About the Author: Deb Schultz has raised and trained horses for over 40 years. A former E.M.T., she has been involved with mounted law enforcement and civil defense for more than 15 years and is also a graduate of the National Mounted Police Officers Training Group.

This book is also available on Kindle.


Join a Discussion Group

MSAR-Riders is an electronic mailing list for mutual support of horse riders who participate in mounted search and rescue (MSAR).

See the MSAR-Riders Info Page

Learn About Being Part of a Search & Rescue Team

Becoming a Search and Rescue Volunteer

Are you intrigued by stories about wilderness rescues and searches for missing hikers or mountain climbers? If so, perhaps becoming a Search and Rescue volunteer....

Mounted Teams by State

States are listed in alphabetical order.


  • MATSAR Search & Rescue: PO Box 876467Wasilla, Alaska 99687 (907)745-6727



None found so far


Update: The below-listed individual counties, along with the Buffalo Trace Mounted Patrol, are now combined into one state-wide unit: The Kentucky Mounted Patrol.

  • Bourbon County Mounted Patrol
  • Franklin County Mounted Patrol
  • Grant County Mounted Patrol
  • Hart County Mounted Patrol
  • Jefferson County Mounted Patrol
  • Lee County Mounted Patrol
  • Mason County Buffalo Trace Mounted Patrol
  • Mercer County Mounted Patrol
  • Nelson County Mounted Patrol
  • Nicholas County

The Jefferson County Mounted Sheriff's Posse is also located in Kentucky and has its own website.

Hardin County Mounted Search and Rescue is also a stand-alone unit in Kentucky.



None found so far


  • Wild Land Mounted Search Team - Please call 308-991-8602 for more information while the site is down


New Hampshire

New Jersey

None found so far

New Mexico

See also: MSAR-NM, a discussion group about Mounted SAR in New Mexico, where you can find out about other mounted units in the state.

North Dakota

Rhode Island

None found so far

South Carolina


None found so far


See also: MSAR post with a list of Mounted units in Washington counties, including independent groups



None found so far

Is Your Unit Missing or Has Your Website Moved?

If you have information about a Mounted SAR unit not listed in the directory, or if you find inaccurate information or a broken link, please let me know here in the Guestbook below, or email

Thank you!

Questions or comments about Mounted SAR? Or Search and Rescue in general

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Congrats on being featured in the Best of Lenses!

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      I'm SAR in the UK

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      A_D_Solutions 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens.

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      southridgefarmsinc 5 years ago

      It's a great service that they provide!

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      loolabell 5 years ago

      @RinchenChodron: good

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, we at North Pines Mounted Search and Rescue, serving Polk County, Wisconsin, and surrounding counties, would like to join your Listing

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      Deb Kingsbury 4 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      @anonymous: Absolutely! Do you have a team website?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi again, here is our web


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      Deb Kingsbury 4 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      @anonymous: Hi, Jody. I see there's a contact link on the site, so at least there's that, and the form that comes up is definitely geared towards new folks. So that's good. The links could be a bit darker and more noticeable, I guess. And maybe you could include something just after the intro paragraph on the home page, giving the contact link again and inviting anyone interested in being part of your mounted unit or participating in another area of SAR to use the form. You could also invite visitors to look around at the photos and videos. Many SAR websites I've seen tend to be more geared towards members but invite people who are interested in get in touch and browse the site.

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for this list. I will save this lens if I ever need it

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      KENTUCKY - previously listed individual counties and the Buffalo Trace Mounted Patrol are now combined into one State-Wide Unit: The Kentucky Mounted Patrol. Contact information previously listed for individual counties is still correct. New information available on the Facebook page or web site

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      Deb Kingsbury 4 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      @anonymous: Thanks for the information!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Newly formed MSAR in Oklahoma. Lots of work still ahead......You have a Great site, good info. Will make a info/referance link for us! Thanks...

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Really useful for those that need to know asap

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      possegal 3 years ago

      I am the Chief Deputy for the Jefferson County Mounted Sheriff's Posse. We are a non-profit organization, not affiliated with law enforcement. The Posse was incorporated in 1964. We provide security, search and rescue, participate in parades and help in the community wherever needed. Please add us to your list of SAR groups in Kentucky. Thank you, Laurie Jackson

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      Deb Kingsbury 3 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      @possegal: Thanks for the information. I sure will.

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      Drbrazel 3 years ago

      I would like to have you list our MSAR group in your state directory. We are a 501c3 corporation and our unit was organized in 2010. We are West Georgia Mounted Search and Rescue located in Douglasville, ga. Our website is and contact is Norm Brazel at 678-654-4291.

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      Deb Kingsbury 3 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      @Drbrazel: Will do! Thank you.

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      Colleen 2 years ago

      Hello! I am Colleen Leon, Founding President of Southern Arizona Mounted Search and Rescue, Inc. (SAMSAR) . We are the ONLY mounted unit providing search and rescue The Pima County Sherrif's Department dismissed The Pima County Sherrif's Posse and solely uses SAMSAR. I am wondering about getting SAMSAR added to the list of mounted units by state. Our Website is and you can reach me at 520-990-7499. Thank you!

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      Deb Kingsbury 2 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Hi Colleen. Will do! Thank you so much.

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      Nancy Murray 14 months ago


      I am Nancy Murray, President of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Posse, a Mounted Search and Rescue, founded in 1948. Please add us to the list. We are in the process of making our very first Web Site, coming this summer 2016.

      Thank you, Nancy

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      Deb Kingsbury 13 months ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Hi, Nancy. I'm sorry I'm just now seeing your message. (Somehow I didn't receive a notification.) I'll get your team added. Do you have a website URL yet? Thank you!

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