Seven of the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard horses are set for retirement.
CGMCG officials are accepting applications from those interested in providing the horses with homes. The deadline to apply is April 5.
The horses available for adoption are Dollar, a 19-year-old Quarter Horse; Mac, an 18-year-old Quarter Horse; Rambler, a 16-year-old Quarter Horse/Thoroughbred; Riley, a 20-year-old Quarter Horse; Scout, a 13-year-old Quarter Horse; Trooper, a 23-year-old Mustang; and Victory, a 16-year-old American Paint Horse. They were selected for retirement based on tenure of service, age and previous or existing medical conditions that could prevent them from performing at the caliber required, said Chief Warrant Officer-2 Dean Barefield, CGMCG commander.
Dollar was foaled in 1994 and joined the CGMCG in June 2004; Mac was foaled in 1996 and joined in 2001; Rambler was foaled in 1987 and joined in 2007; Riley was foaled in 1992 and joined in 2004; Scout was foaled in 1999 and joined in 2006; Trooper was foaled in 1990 and joined in 1998; and Victory was foaled in 1997 and joined in 1999.
After adoptions, the CGMCG will have 18 Quarter Horses, two draft horses and two draft mules.
The most important thing potential adopters should know is the selections are based solely on the needs and best interest of the horse, Barefield said.
"All of these horses have honorably served the CGMCG, representing the Army and the 1st Infantry Division all over the U.S.," Barefield said. "Most of the horses have served upward of 15 years."
An adoption procedure was implemented to "give the horses credit for their service and provide them an honorable retirement," Barefield added.
For more information on the adoptions, contact Barefield at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sgt. 1st Class Cesar Robles at email@example.com; or visit the CGMCG's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RileyCGMCG.
Adoption applications can be found at www.riley.army.mil/documents/CGMCGDocuments/130313151557.pdf.