After a 5-month search, the United States Army has found new homes for two of its most recent retirees.
Quincy and Kennedy, a pair of caisson horses, were adopted by two U.S. military veterans, The Washington Post reports.
Navicular disease has cut short Quincy’s career of solemnly delivering fallen soldiers to their final resting places at Arlington National Cemetery. Now, the 11-year-old Quarter Horse call Whit Acres Farm home.
“Quincy will spend the rest of his life on the farm as my companion,” says George Whitaker, who owns the 30-acre farm in Norwell, Mass. “As long as he has the quality of life, he will live on the farm forever.”
Carroll Urzendowski, a former caisson soldier at Arlington, adopted Kennedy, a 15-year-old Standardbred. Kennedy will live on an 85-acre ranch in Roganville, Texas, with Urzendowski and his young family. The 40-year-old sergeant first class, who is now stationed at Fort Polk, La., is very familiar with Kennedy from their time together in 3rd Infantry Caisson Platoon in Fort Myer, Va.
“Kennedy is interesting,” Urzendowski says. “Let’s just say he’ll take advantage of his handler if the handler allows him to. It’s like raising a child. They’ll try to get away with what they can.”
Whitaker and Urzendowski were two of the approximately 50 people who applied to adopt Quincy and Kennedy. A committee of five narrowed the applicants to about five for each horse. Then flew around the country to inspect the potential homes before making the selections.
“We want to make sure they go to the right homes,” says 1st Lt. Austin Hatch, the platoon leader, “because they’ve done their work for the Army, and they’ve served the country at Arlington.”
Having experienced the service the caisson horses offer — eight funerals a day, no matter the weather — moved Urzendowski to honor Kennedy with a good retirement home.
“It’ll put tears in your eyes.”