The first of seven Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard horses marked for retirement went to his civilian home April 22.
Scout, a 13-year-old Quarter Horse, will spend his post- Army days with Tim Turner, a former Fort Riley Soldier and member of the CGMCG. Turner, now a staff sergeant in the National Guard, lives in the Fort Riley area and rode Scout from 2007 to 2009.
Turner said he wanted to give Scout a permanent home "because we had such a tight bond with each other."
Members of the CGMCG saluted Scout as he boarded Turner's trailer at Fort Riley.
"It is important to render the salute to Scout in order to demonstrate honor, courtesy and give our best wishes," said Sgt. 1st Class Cesar Robles, senior noncommissioned officer, CGMCG. "The horse, too, was a Soldier and performed to the best of his abilities each and every day."
It was announced last month that seven horses would be available for adoption upon their retirement from the CGMCG. Those were 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.
The seven horses were selected for retirement based on their tenure of service, age and previous or existing medical conditions that prevent them from performing at the caliber required of the CGMCG.
A board made of 1st Infantry Division and CGMCG officials and a Fort Riley veterinarian sifted through 17 adoption applications from across the country and selected homes based on the horses' needs. Every decision was made for the best interest of the horse, Robles said.
Scout had served with the CGMCG since May 2005. Turner was selected because he, as one of Scout's former riders, was familiar with his behavior and needs, the board concluded.
Other factors board members took into consideration when screening adopters were proximity to Fort Riley; terrain and environment; intended use of the horse versus the horse's capability; riding, handling and training experience; and acreage.
Riley and Trooper will soon find a home at Camp Wood YMCA in Elmdale, Kan. Rambler, Victory and Dollar will soon find a home at Rock Springs 4-H Center near Junction City. Mac will remain with the CGMCG.
For more on the CGMCG and the adoptions, go to www.facebook.com/RileyCGMCG.