Equine anti-poaching units utilize the natural instincts and senses of horses, in addition to their strength, stamina, and ability to help protect rhino. Horses have excellent hearing and eyesight and will react to noises and dangers that cannot be seen by the human eye. Using horses allows anti-poaching rangers to get close to the rhino and to monitor their whereabouts without disturbing them, as trained horses are quiet, calm, and brave when trained to work around wildlife.
In addition, horses are able to cover broken ground much quicker and quieter than mechanized forms of transport and the rider is able to free his/her attention onto the surroundings while the horse navigates the route. Communities have an inherent respect for the speed and ability of horses and so their most effective impact is often in preventative protection.