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Mickey only has one eye after one was removed through surgery a few years ago. He still participates in funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.

Mickey only has one eye after one was removed through surgery a few years ago. He still participates in funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Mickey only has one eye after one was removed through surgery a few years ago. He still participates in funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.

Mickey only has one eye after one was removed through surgery a few years ago. He still participates in funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Horses play with each other as two members of the Old Guard try to hook them up to the caisson behind them.

Horses play with each other as two members of the Old Guard try to hook them up to the caisson behind them. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Two horses playfully nip each other at the stables at Fort Myer while an Old Guard member looks away.

Two horses playfully nip each other at the stables at Fort Myer while an Old Guard member looks away. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

A horse photobombs a picture at Fort Myer as soldiers in the background get ready to head to Arlington National Cemetery.

A horse photobombs a picture at Fort Myer as soldiers in the background get ready to head to Arlington National Cemetery. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Two members of the Old Guard get ready to head to Arlington National Cemetery.

Two members of the Old Guard get ready to head to Arlington National Cemetery. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Two Old Guard members walk through the stables at Fort Myer in the early morning hours.

Two Old Guard members walk through the stables at Fort Myer in the early morning hours. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

A horse drips with water at Fort Myer, Va., after getting a shower in the early morning hours.

A horse drips with water at Fort Myer, Va., after getting a shower in the early morning hours. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

A horse smiles at a visitor at Fort Myer, Va. The horses had a day off, but they are generally used for funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. In the far background, an Old Guard member hoses down a horse in preparation for its day at the cemetery.

A horse smiles at a visitor at Fort Myer, Va. The horses had a day off, but they are generally used for funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. In the far background, an Old Guard member hoses down a horse in preparation for its day at the cemetery. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

A horse is surprised by the camera flash as Spc. Henry Williams brushes a horse in the background at Fort Myer.

A horse is surprised by the camera flash as Spc. Henry Williams brushes a horse in the background at Fort Myer. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Saddles are on display at the stables at Fort Myer, Va.

Saddles are on display at the stables at Fort Myer, Va. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

A horse gives a photographer a "what do you think you're doing look?" at the stables in Fort Myer.

A horse gives a photographer a "what do you think you're doing look?" at the stables in Fort Myer. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Two horses snuggle as one waits to go to Arlington National Cemetery and another gets the day off at Fort Myer, Va.

Two horses snuggle as one waits to go to Arlington National Cemetery and another gets the day off at Fort Myer, Va. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Sgt. York is a cap horse that participated in the funeral procession for President Ronald Reagan. A cap horse means that ht was riderless and walked behind the caisson bearing the flag-draped casket.

Sgt. York is a cap horse that participated in the funeral procession for President Ronald Reagan. A cap horse means that ht was riderless and walked behind the caisson bearing the flag-draped casket. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

A horse swings his tail in annoyance as an Old Guard servicemember straightens the harness.

A horse swings his tail in annoyance as an Old Guard servicemember straightens the harness. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

A horse checks out the camera at Fort Myer before it gets attached to a caisson and participates in funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.

A horse checks out the camera at Fort Myer before it gets attached to a caisson and participates in funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Spc. Alex Krieger hugs Amos, his favorite horse at Fort Myer. Krieger was rotating out of the Old Guard shortly after this photo was taken, and said he was going to miss Amos.

Spc. Alex Krieger hugs Amos, his favorite horse at Fort Myer. Krieger was rotating out of the Old Guard shortly after this photo was taken, and said he was going to miss Amos. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

A barn cat -nicknamed Rihanna by some members of the Old Guard - walks by horses waiting to get hooked up to the caisson before they leave for Arlington National Cemetery.

A barn cat -nicknamed Rihanna by some members of the Old Guard - walks by horses waiting to get hooked up to the caisson before they leave for Arlington National Cemetery. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

A barn cat - nicknamed Rihanna by some members of the Old Guard - sits at the stables at Fort Myer, Va., as the horses are prepped for funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.

A barn cat - nicknamed Rihanna by some members of the Old Guard - sits at the stables at Fort Myer, Va., as the horses are prepped for funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Stars and Stripes reporters Meredith Tibbetts and Rick Vasquez recently got a up-close look at the horse stables for Arlington National Cemetery's Caisson Platoon. While the duty they perform is a solemn one, the horses can get a little rambunctious. Here's a gallery of some of the more playful b-roll photos during the visit.

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