Since 1967, the Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, stationed in Barstow, California, has been representing the United States Marine Corps at events and ceremonies throughout the country.
What sets this color guard apart from any other military color guard is the fact that “America’s Heroes” are riding “America’s Living Legends,” wild mustangs captured and adopted from the Bureau of Land Management’s “Adopt a Horse and Burro Program.”
In addition, the team only rides Mustangs of Palomino color. Several of these horses have been trained by inmates in Carson City, Nevada.
The riders are trained to recognize that horses are living creatures capable of thinking, feeling, and decision-making, no different than you and I.
The Marines learn to respect there mounts as individuals with different personalities.
Being aware of each horse’s potential challenges every rider to be a better horseman and stronger leader of Marines.
In January 1985, the Mounted Color Guard made its first appearance in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, and has been given the extreme honor of the first military unit to lead the parade.
Since 1990, the Mounted Color Guard has participated in every Tournament of Roses Parade.
They will, again, be featured in the Rose Parade, this year.
The USMC Color Guard travels all over the United States participating in parades, rodeos, and many numerous events and ceremonies.
The Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard is the only remaining mounted color guard in the Marine Corps today.
The horses continue to be ambassadors for the Wild Mustangs that remain a link to the history of America.