WARFORDSBURG, PA. - The healing process for a pair of combat-wounded Marines left their Washington-area hospital and moved to the Appalachian Mountains on Tuesday morning.
Sgt. Todd Herman and Lance Cpl. Tony Gilliard accepted an invitation to visit Buck Valley Ranch and participate in a 4-mile trail ride on gelding Appaloosas named Percy and Champ.
"I've been wanting to do this for years. ... I think it was great to be out there," Herman said to ranch owners Leon and Nadine Fox.
Horseback riding provides physical therapy for the injured by enhancing a sense of balance, and building and massaging muscle, said Mike Benesch, who brought the Marines to his sister's ranch. He operates the Heroes on Horseback program in connection with the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.