One of the quality of life bonuses for many Northern Virginians is enjoying the equestrian lifestyle. Whether you own a stable in Nokesville, or board from a facility in Lorton, owning, leasing or renting a horse is a source of pride and joy that makes life sweet in Virginia for so many. (See Northern VA horse properties for sale here.) If you are an equestrian looking to buy a horse in Northern Virginia (or know someone who is), you can adopt a horse that has served in the Army’s Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery – for FREE!
Think you want to adopt a horse that has served in the Army’s Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery? According to the Old Guard website, as of February 22, 2016 @6:30 pm, three horses are up for adoption:
What is so special about a caisson horse?
The Caisson Horses of The Old Guard participate in all Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps Full Honors Funerals performed in Arlington National Cemetery. These magnificent animals serve with the men of the Caisson Platoon daily to ensure final honors are given in a dignified, professional, and respectful manner; and they love their job. ~ Old Guard website
According to The Washington Post, the “choreographed procession, led by a riderless horse” is a marvel to witness and is one of “the most solemn and stylized rituals in the nation.” Besides serving in this role, the horses also serve as rehabilitation therapists for wounded warriors.
The first step in the process is to visit the horses during visiting hours at Fort Myer near the Arlington National Cemetery. If you still want to adopt a horse that has served in the Army’s Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, your next step is to complete the 6 page application. If your application is acceptable, you will be contacted to arrange a ‘home’ visit to your stable by the Army’s herd master to make sure you can provide a suitable home.
See the Old Guard site for adoption candidates and information
6-Page Caisson Horse adoption application
Washington Post story on how to adopt a horse that has served in the Army’s Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery