Two Army horses are looking for new homes now that they’re living the retired life.
The horses served in the Army’s Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery as caisson horses, working near 12-hour days, pulling coffins to burials on the hallowed ground. Now they’re looking to live out the next phase of their lives.
“These guys did their service,” Staff Sgt. David Smith told The Washington Post. “It’s their time to be a horse.”
Kennedy, a 15-year old Standardbred, found himself on the outs with the Army after kicking a few soldiers. The other horse, Quincy, an 11-year-old quarter horse, had to stop working after a painful foot condition made it hard for him to stand for long periods of time.
The horses will go to two homes, free of charge. But not just anyone can adopt one of these highly-trained horses. The Army is vetting the prospective owners with a six-page application, and it will make visits beforehand to make sure the horses will have suitable homes.
Caisson rider Pfc. Kris Loudner says the horses have served with honor.
“I think one of the reasons to own a horse like Quincy or Kennedy is to have a piece in this mission,” Loudner said. “In a way, you’re tending to a horse that has honored America’s service members.”