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Bismarck Mounted Police Train at Fort Lincoln

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This weekend, the Bismarck Mounted Police have been working in the heat with a trainer from Minnesota to teach their horses and riders an important skill..

This is the Equine Scent Detection Clinic in Fort Lincoln... and these horses are learning how to track scents like a dog would..

The Bismarck Mounted Police have been around for 48 years, and today instructor Terry Nowacki is showing the horses and 10 riders how to find missing people by following their scent.

They have a mock-victim hide somewhere in the tall grass and the horses go out and try to find them..

One of the horses was able to find the victim by following her scent in only 51 seconds.

"In order to make a success out of equine scent detection the rider has to 100 % understand their horse. Have to understand all their little signs, how they communicate in sign language...We're not teaching horses a new thing, we're relying on their natural instincts and we're just reinforcing their natural instincts, their natural signs," instructor Terry Nowacki said.

The captain of the Bismarck Mounted Police Clarissa Goldsack says they have been called to different places all over North Dakota to help find missing people.

She says all of these riders paid out of their own pockets to get this training.

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