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[RC] Horses Keep On Giving - Bruce Weary

I am such a sucker for a good, heartwarming story of redemption. I read an article online this morning about a therapeutic riding program taking place at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The army draft horses that are used to pull the caissons at military funerals, and the soldiers who attend them, are called "The Old Guard." These gentle giants are being used to help rebuild strength, balance and confidence in injured soldiers, many of whom are single and double amputees. The mother of one of the soldiers was quoted as saying "It takes alot of courage to get up there on a horse with one arm and one leg." I will never again complain about how hard it is to climb aboard a horse when I am tired.
The horses themselves are considered soldiers. The quote in the article that made me swallow hard was: '"It's all about soldiers helping soldiers." It's a great story that showed me just when we think we have seen all a horse can give, they give some more. Bruce Weary


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