Monthly Archives: October 2013

Bomb-Proof Horses

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

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October 31, 1917 – Australian Light Horsemen Charge at Beersheba

This day in cavalry history (or, rather tomorrow, that is): The Australian Light Horse charge at Beersheba, October 31, 1917. From Wikipedia (“Battle of Beersheba, 1917”): “The Battle of Beersheba (Turkish: Birüssebi Savaşı, German: Kriegerdenkmal Be’er Scheva),[Note 1] was fought … Continue reading

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October 25, 1854. The Charge of The Light Brigade!

On this date, October 25, 1854, the famous Charge of The Light Brigade occurred. Here’s to their heroism and to the glory of Cavalry everwhere! Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of … Continue reading

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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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