Updated Article: How to Properly Fit a McClellan Saddle

I just updated my article on the proper fitting of a McClellan Saddle. McClellan SaddleThe update includes covers the US Army McClellan Saddle (including the girthing procedure for the Whiting Conversion as per 1939) and the 1914 “Elxerimental” saddle (which is not a McClellan, but was briefly used during the Mexican Punitive Expedition, 1916-1917).

How To Properly Fit a McClellan Saddle – (www.gilmorehorsemanship.com/McClellan_Saddle_Fitting.html)

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Bringing in Horses The Easy Way

It’s amazing what horses will do for food. Here’s my Curly Mustang “Baba” (dark bay horse with curly hair) and her pasture mate Rhythm (grey) coming in for dinner. These two make live really easy at feeding time.

Baba always has to be the last one in, and she always has to make sure everyone else is in before she goes into her stall. She’s like the Borg Queen. She has to know were all the other units are at all times.

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Animals in World War I

Here’s an interesting video on the use of animals in World War I, horses in particular. Despite the armies of the UK and Germany being largely mechanised by this time, horses did the bulk of the work.

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The Irish Army equitation School – The Military Tradition

This is a particularly fetching video that shows that the military tradition of equitation is alive and well.

Be sure to take a look at the Irish Army Equitation School website: Irish Army Equitation School.

This is the way you do it!

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Waler Horses

Oh, I would love to import a Waler to cross with my mustangs to produce the ultimate all-around horse!

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Camp Gallipoli – The Journey of the Anzac Flame

For those of you Down Under who are Cavalry fans and fans of the Waler Horse.

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Measuring and Fitting Western Saddles

Here’s a link to an excellent guide for measuring and fitting Western saddles that was sent to me by Bill Healey (content writer for Horse.com).

See: Measuring and Fitting Western Saddles (Horse.com).

This guide is also very good for understanding general saddle fitting principles for how ‘rigid tree’ Military saddles like McClellans (both vintage and the better fitting modern versions) are intended to fit. (also see: “How to Properly Fit a McClellan Saddle”).

Horse.com is an excellent website for tack and all things horse.

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GilmoreHorsemanship.com Website Updates

I was perusing my website and doing a little updating when I discovered that there was an issue with the characterset I used on the page at “Federico Caprilli: Per L’ Equitatzione Di Campagna (For Riding in the Field)”.

It seems that the page was not showing up properly on the latest versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer. Hopefully, it has been corrected (it appears to be correct now).

Dan Gilmore

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Horse of Kings, Thief of Hearts, The Carthusian Horse

Eyes that did not blink when the arrow grazed his neck
and caught the ancient meaning in a fleeting, burning glance.
Ears that heard the cannon´s roar, the wispered words of love.
Skin of shot silk that knew the summer´s heat, the winter´s frost.
Hooves that traced new paths to land unknown to man.
A heart whoes beat would quicken, keeping pace with the wishes of his master.

Tireless vigour, proving no demands for him too great.
His spirit shared the dreams and hopes of Old Spain´s men of iron,
while at his proud feet the conquered nations lay.
He lives yet. Only ask, and he will weave a spell
to light the dark recesses of your being
spinning around you a web of sweet delights.

He will be your children´s playmate; a child himself, he´ll do no harm.
He´ll pardon like no other your omissions, errors, thoughtless handling.
His back, a throne of feathers, will bear you smoothly at the trot and the gallop.
He´ll go where others dare not.
He´ll stand firm where others flee in terror.
You´ll discover that the pirouette is easy, that a rein back can go on forever.

That you need not be a great rider to preform airs above the ground.
At the spur´s light touch, he´ll take flight with the wind.
Bearing you safetly through the air laden with long forgotten fragrence.
With him, the distant monutains will be clearer, brighter the light of the stars.
The trilling of the nightingale more joyful, sweeter the gurgling of the streams.
And at the last you´ll understand why he was chosen one of kings

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The Equine Army (BBC World War I at Home Episode 10/11)

If you are interested in the cavalry experience of World War One, you have to watch this video.

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