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Saratoga War Horse Project bonds vets,horses

“In a way, retiring racehorses and veterans lead a parallel life. They’ve both been changed by their service, either to the military, or to racing,” and by connecting the two, they may forge a mutual understanding, which is healing.

Maj. Judith Maloney, Chief of Plans, 109th Airlift Wing, was among the first soldiers to be introduced to Traffic Chief.

The veteran of Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield and Desert Storm, felt her self-protective shell melt a little on the November day she and Chief connected in the pen.

“It felt like we were two warriors who are starting to soften up,” she says. “I realized in the round pen that he was touching me with his big, open heart.”