South Texas MSAR is a 501c3 non-profit that consist of certified mounted search and rescue horses and human remains detection dogs. Our primary mission is to provide detection resources to public safety agencies free of charge.
.All STMSAR horses are adopted BLM wild mustangs. They are trained in scent work through American Equine Scenting Association and certified NASAR Mounted SAR Tech III, evaluated by Rick Wagner; formal law enforcement mounted patrolman.
Canines are trained and certified in human remains and firearms detection. Certifications are maintained annually through American Working Dog. We also offer cadaver dog training services.
We are 100% volunteer's and rely on fundraising efforts, our sponsors and donations from the public to assist with our certifications, purchase specialized equipment and provide travel reimbursement (when possible) for searches and training sessions. All donations are tax-deductible with a letter provided. https://paypal.me/stmsar
STSAR is partnered with Pretty Horses Rescue (PHR). Melissa Schmalhorst and Krystal Cates met at the 2023 San Antonio Wild to Mild TIP Challenge with their wild mustangs Daniel and Zorro. They share the same passion giving these amazing horses a forever home and purpose.
Pretty Horses Rescue is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, support & rehabilitation of neglected and abused horses in the Northern Baja California Area.
Over 100 horses have been rescued and rehabilitated by Krystal and her amazing team. Many of those horses have been adopted to forever homes and many more call PHR their home and sanctuary.
Pictured are Melissa & Krystal with Danny and Zorro at the EXCA Texas State Championships. They are American Mustangs from the same Herd Management Area (HMA). Both are trained in Search and Rescue.
STSAR is sponsoring the 2024 Arrowheart Ranch Horse Buckle Show. We love our wild mustangs! Our goal is to sponsor open mustang divisions so we can further their journey after initial adoption challenges. Visit their page their page HERE!
Melissa Schmalhorst (STSAR) is one of the founding herd members of Forever Branded.
"We exist because of our love for these amazing wild horses and burros.
When we brought home our first branded beauty, we had no idea that we'd become a part of a much larger community...a family. That's the piece that no one tells you; when you adopt a wild horse or burro, you join an incredible network of people just like you. People who love what these horses represent, their abilities, and the partnership opportunities that come from gaining the trust of a wild horse or burro.
Whether you currently have a pasture full of branded horses or are simply in awe of their story, the Forever Branded family is yours, too".