Just Horsing Around-How The Old Guard Horses Are Working For Wounded Warriors

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Old Guard Horses at Fort Meyer

Among the duties of the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), at Joint Base Fort Myer-Henderson Hall is the training and care of the horses used for official functions including funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.  These two were out in the paddock recently doing a bit of mutual back scratching.

In addition to ceremonial duties the Old Guard also runs a Therapeutic Riding Program TRP) for soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Taumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at their facility at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County VA.  Currently there are approximately 175 wounded warriors enrolled in the program run by U.S. Army Caisson Platoon, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).  Soldiers enrolled in the program groom horses, help in maintaining the grounds and stalls and ride if they are able.

For the previous six years on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, the program has served 25-30 service members a year. This year the TRP was relocated to a newly built barn and stable.   The new facility sits on nearly 10 acres just minutes from the Fort  Belvoir.  The larger space offers the chance for more soldiers to enroll in the program and is close to both the new Ft Belvoir Hospital and Wounded Warrior Transition Unit.

The goal of the program is to get wounded soldiers out of the clinical setting of the hospital and wounded warrior transition unit to a location where they can relax and recover.  It's nice to see the program expanded and help more soldiers recover from PTSD and TBI.

 

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Thanks Cal have a great day.

Jul 16, 2012 04:38 AM #27
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Michael-I agree a great program.

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Markita-yes they do. 

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Richie-I hope every solider who needs help after a deployment is able to find a program that fits their needs.

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Tamie-I would agree.  I always smile when I pass the local stables and see the horses in the fields.

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Marilyn-yes it is important to bring awareness to what our service men & women need to recoup from injuries during service to our country.

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Bliz-completely agree.

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Hannah-it's nice to see how this program has been expanded.

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Sharon-a program you can't help but cheer about.

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Linda glad to been able to share the information.

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Charlie-a positive program for our wounded troops.

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Gary-glad to know there is a theraputic riding program in your area too.

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Judi-the more these programs are known, hopefully the more people will support them.

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Kathy-completely agree.

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Joan-the recent expansion of the program is good news.

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Michelle-these two seemed to be enjoying each others company.

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Carie-it's nice to know the program is expanded to help more soliders.

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Margaret-the more programs creating and expanded to help our wounded warriors the better.

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That's very cool Cindy.  I had no idea this program existed.  I know where the place is that they keep the horses, but not the complete role of the facility.

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Jay-the new facility at Fort Belvoir is very nice and busy. 

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