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SOF Horsemanship Course

Below, a 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) NCO rides horseback while leading a mule through Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest during the SOF Horsemanship Course at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.

The purpose of the horsemanship course is to teach SOF personnel the necessary skills to enable them to ride horses, load pack animals, and maintain animals for military applications in remote and dangerous environments.

Photos by USMC LCpl William Chockey

6 Responses to “SOF Horsemanship Course”

  1. Kaos-1 says:

    I don’t understand why they don’t establish this coarse at Carson.

  2. William Mitchell says:

    Is there a special forces preparation courses for civilians to prepare for national disasters like say SERE, sniper, basic/advanced survival, diving, small arms, medic, communications, Close Quarter Battle, horseback training with obstcle courses thrown in?

    • Brendan says:

      No, but you can certainly pay from those all as separate skills. Most survival courses focus on realistic scenarios where you don’t have a horse or scuba dive equipment with you, or involve being thrown in a POW camp.

  3. Nanao says:

    The army wasting a lot of funding language training for special forces for six months but special forces graduates from the language course could barely speak the language!!! What not immersions language in the country they are assigned.

    • C. Myngs says:

      Were the SF guys learning foreign languages from horses and mules? That might have bee the problem.

  4. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    He’s gonna die. No PT belt