The Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard saddling up for ‘morale rides’

Coronavirus

FORT CARSON, Colo. — The Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard will conduct morale rides through neighborhoods on post every Tuesday and Thursday starting this week.

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher John Morris is the Headquarter and Headquarters Battalion Commander for the 4th Infantry Division.

“We are out on behalf of Major General McFarland and Command Sergeant Major Holland,  conducting ready rides throughout the neighborhoods,” he said. “And the intent is to inform the community, bring a little bit of cheer, good vibe in the neighborhood, give people something to look forward to while sharing information about what’s currently happening in the COVID environment on Fort Carson.”

The rides will begin around 1:15 p.m. each day and last about two and a half hours.

While staying socially distant, these rides are getting everyone out of the house, including the horses who around this time would be participating in events like rodeos and parades. Due to COVID-19, the Mounted Color Guard has had to get creative with how to keep these stallions happy.

The officer in charge of the Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard is Captain Michael Quintana.

He said, “one of our big concerns, when coronavirus hit, was being able to continue still riding for the health of the horses because they require that type of exercise in order to stay healthy. So this kind of provides us an opportunity to ensure the health of the horses to spread important information around Fort Carson about coronavirus and about the policies on post.”

Tuesday rides will be through the housing areas south of Gate 1, including Navajo North, Navajo South, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Blackfoot Hill, Ute Hill, Dakota Ridge, Iroquois and Chippewa.

Thursday rides will be through the housing areas north of Gate 1, including Apache, Arapahoe, Cherokee East, Cherokee West, Choctaw, Comanche, Pawnee, Shoshoni and Sioux.

The Mountain Post said the goal of the rides is to boost morale by giving Army families an opportunity to see the 4th Infantry Division horses. To maintain social distancing, no one will be allowed within 12 feet of the soldiers or animals.

Members of the Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard lead the Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade along Tejon Street Saturday downtown Nov.3. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Perkey / 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs)
Members of the Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard lead the Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade along Tejon Street Saturday downtown Nov.3. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Perkey / 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

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