Category Archives: Riding

Polish Lance Drill

Here’s an interesting video demonstrating a Polish Cavalry Lance Drill (Lt. Robert Woronowicz. Krakus’ uniform)  that was posted our International Cavalry Association FaceBook page. Teaching a horse to tolerate firearms, sabres and tent pegging lances can be a fairly interesting … Continue reading

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Bomb-Proof Horses

Talk about bomb-proof horses. Impressive riding. Impressive horses!

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Passage, Piaffe and Spanish Trot

Here’s some interesting footage from what appears to be an instructional film from the French Cavalry School at Saumur. The subject matter is the Passage, Piaffe, transition from the Passage to the Piaffe, and the Spanish Trot. There is some … Continue reading

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Real Cross Country Riding – Cavalry Horseback Riding Training: “Modern Centaurs” circa 1920 (Educational Films Corporation)

Here’s some good footage of Italian Cavalrymen from the 1920′s using Caprilli’s “Natural System” of forward riding in the military context. Now, this is some serious cross country riding. The really intimidating obstacle is the “Ditch and Bank” jump at … Continue reading

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Caprilli’s Forward System of Equitation in Action – How the Forward Seat was Originally Ridden.

One of the interesting questions that I get asked from time to time is how was Caprilli’s original system of forward riding different than ‘modern’ forward riding? Being both a horseman and a historian, there are two ways to answer … Continue reading

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“How the Andalusians Dance” – Classical Riding from Spain

The riding in this video is absolutely sublime! Similar to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, but a little less restrained. Doma vaquera: Field Dressage with the Garrocha (lance) and cane (sword under military conditions). All riding is done with … Continue reading

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18,000 miles at four miles per hour

“Seven years ago, former teacher Bernice Ende set out on a “long ride” to learn about America. She’s traversed 18,000 miles with her horses and dog…” – Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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Jumping Obstacles, Italian Cavalry Style

I found this interesting video footed from the Luce Archives in Italy. This is how you jump obstacles in the field, in the Caprilli ‘Natural System’. Hell bent for leather. Not many people today have the guts to let their … Continue reading

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The True Horseman

I’m not a big fan of TV commercials, but this one is absolutely beautiful. The True Horseman: They say a good rider can hear his horse speak to him, but a great rider can hear his horse whisper. The years … Continue reading

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Old Cavalrymen Never Die – They Just Keep Riding!

This turned up on facebook today and from all investigation is accurate and true! “Donovan “Van” Ketzler, at 89 years old, is possibly the oldest veteran of the U.S. cavalry still riding! “When he says, I’m finished riding, that’s when … Continue reading

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