He’s got a gray colored coat and stands 15.2 hands. (That’s a little more than five feet for those not versed in horse height.)
And this horse, formerly in the U.S. Army’s Caisson platoon, is retired and needs a home.
As part of its “Caisson Adoption Program,” the U.S. Army’s Old Guard put out a Twitter message on Valentine’s Day to try to find Ryan, the horse, a home.
Those interested can fill out the seven page application and may be selected.
— The Old Guard (@USArmyOldGuard) February 14, 2018
Officials said Ryan has served his country well. For 16 years, the quarter horse was a part of the U.S. Army’s Caisson Platoon. Ryan’s completed over 7,800 missions, according to the U.S. Army’s Old Guard.
The U.S. Army’s Caisson platoon is part of the 3rd Infantry, known as the “Old Guard.” They are highly trained and serve in military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery and other special ceremonies. At military funerals, there are six horses — usually gray or black — that pull coffins to burials at the cemetery.
When they retire, they are often adopted through an application process. Those who are willing to give the horses a good home get them free but not after they go through a strict vetting process.
Ryan served at Arlington National Cemetery until just last month. He’s since been moved to grave on fields at the Fort Belvoir stables.
“Ryan is willing and would best serve as a trail horse,” the ad for him states. “He is big boned with a great personality that is energetic and full of life.”