Joseph Bailey Jr. starts his Thursday mornings with Fiesta, a black-and-white-patterned horse. Bailey brushes Fiesta and whispers in his ear for him to behave before the two begin their ride. A Navy veteran, Bailey lost the use of his left leg and hand due to a spinal problem that developed three decades after his discharge. The Southern Arizona VA referred him to Heroes on Horses to help him rehabilitate from a 2002 surgery.
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