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– [Narrator] As the third
largest Air Force Base, Vandenberg calls 99,000 acres in Santa Barbara County,
California as home, but we’re not the only ones. It’s for this reason that, as one of four conservation
squadrons in the Air Force, Vandenberg has a working horse patrol assigned specifically toward
conservation law enforcement. – [Man] The horse program we have here in Vandenberg is pretty unique. The fact that it’s the last military working horse patrol
unit in the entire DOD. The ranches use horses for ceremonies and other stuff like that, but we actually use them
for law enforcement patrols. It can kind of have idea
of what stake and see kind of what we do here for the base. We’re going to be enforcing
hunting, fishing regulations, the National Resource laws. We’re going to be enforcing
and protecting any kind of endangered species, animals or plants that we
have here at Vandenberg. – [Narrator] Before patrol
can take place though, general maintenance comes first. – [Man] Daily we come out
here and feed twice a day. When we come out here, we’re of course going to check for any mishaps that might have
happened while we were gone. Just make sure the horses
are doing good overall. And then if we’re going
to be riding that day, we’re gonna go ahead
and take the horses out that we’re going to be riding. It’s going to be a general brush down. Again, kind of just talking to the horse, making sure there’s no injuries, we pick their hooves. Kind of general maintenance, get them ready foe the ride, and then we’ll go ahead and saddle-up. The horses come in when we have to go out
to those rough terrains, those rough, mountainous terrains, as well as on the coast. They’re a better means of transportation
when we’re patrolling the coastline. (upbeat music) (galloping) – All four of our horses are
registered Quarter horses, which pretty much means
they’re the fastest horses when it comes to the quarter mile. They’re pretty agile, quick with maneuvers, really important for the
kind of terrain we deal with over here. A big part of our job is the Western Snowy Plover, which is a protected species that nests on Vandenberg Air Force Base. We use the horses to
go patrol the beaches. They’re the most environmentally
friendly way to do it, without leaving too much of a footprint. We wouldn’t be able to
do it on Razors or ATVs because of that, so horses really do play key part in that. Favorite part of the
job definitely has to be being able to get these horses, ride them on the beach, ride them in the woods. You know, most people pay for that experience, and we get paid to actually do it. Enforce laws, go down the coast, it’s a pretty good feeling. (upbeat music) – [Narrator] I wanna thank Conservation, Seargant Landis, Senior Airman Terrazus, and military working horses, Patton Trouper Duke, and Buck, for all they contribute to the base. Especially Duke for
continually making me laugh. – [Officer] Whether it’s down at. (laughing) – [Narrator] This is
Senior Airman Clayton Weir, Vandenburg Air Force Base, California. (laughing)

Tony wyaad