GovLiquidation.com - When Paula Coates got an email one day from her business partner, the last thing she expected to receive was a web link to a horse that needed a new home.

Vegas, a Percheron / Thoroughbred mix, served the U.S. Army faithfully for years, pulling caissons and performing ceremonial duties. Broke to ride and broke to drive, the 16 hands high horse just needed a partner about the same size to help him pull a caisson. When another horse of the same size could not be found, the military retired him and left it up to Government Liquidation, a Department of Defense contractor, to find Vegas a caring home.

Thinking back on the first time she saw Vegas on the Government Liquidation website, Paula said, "There was just something about the story and his pictures and his disposition."

So Paula traveled from her home in southern Texas to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where Vegas was stationed.

"I spotted him immediately," Paula said. "He ran right up to me and gave me kisses." When Paula got home, she submitted her bid and a letter of intent to Government Liquidation. A few days later, Paula, who was one of 47 bidders, received an email declaring that she was Vegas' new owner.

"I'm very happy to have him," Paula adds, saying with a laugh, "He hit the jackpot."

To be added to our email list specifically for folks interested in cavalry horses, ceremonial mounts or mules, email us at horses @ govliquidation . com - you'll receive an email whenever more of these retiring "soldiers" are in need of a caring home.

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