Members of the Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard walk their horse down 7th street in the Victorville Christmas parade Dec. 1, 2012. (U.S. Marine Corps photo/ LCpl. Norman Eckles)

The last remaining Marine Corps mounted color guard in the nation was busy making the rounds Wednesday in Redding.

In town for the Redding Rodeo and the Redding Rodeo Parade, the four-person, four-horse team, made special appearances at the Redding Rodeo grounds and the Veterans Home of California-Redding.

At the rodeo grounds, the beautiful horses were fawned over by youngsters, while they got the same treatment from oldsters at the Veterans Home.

But the color guard’s palomino mustangs, which come from the Bureau of Land Management’s "adopt a horse" program, took it all in stride, enjoying petting from youngsters and senior citizens alike.

"I love horses," 81-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran Eleanor Mailo said as she admired and stroked one of the horses following a short — but impressive — ceremony at the Veterans Home.

The mounted color guard has visited Redding three times before — the last appearance being in 2014 — and it is always much in demand.

The team participates in parades and other events from coast-to-coast including the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena and Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The team will be in Washington, D.C., later this month for the…

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