In Need of a Good Home

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

They aren't the usual military surplus goods auctioned online.

Rojo and Ninety-Nine are special items with special needs.

They're ten-year-old quarter horses used as ceremonial mounts in the Army's First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood. Now, they're heading into retirement, and the Pentagon's online auction contractor says it's looking for a loving home where the steeds will have lots of room to roam.

Tom Burton is the president and chief operating officer of the contractor Government Liquidation. He says the horses "served with honor" and deserve to be take care of.

Burton says the last horses auctioned by Government Liquidation sold in the range of 500 to two-thousand dollars. Like all the online auction items, bidding starts at 50 dollars.

Those considering buying the animals can view their photographs and descriptions on the company's Web site -- w-w-w-dot-govliquidation-dot com. Sealed bids will be accepted until December Seventh.

The company says Rojo has a chronic lameness problem and is most suitable for light riding or a pasture companion for another horse.
Ninety-Nine has nervousness and varying temperament, making him best suited for an experienced rider.

Both have been ridden in ceremonies and parades as part of the First Cavalry Division's horse detachment.


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