A good article on spooking in horses

This was a link from a post that appeared on the Horsetopia message board. It’s a great take on spooking : “Spooking, a bad behavior or second nature”

A very enlightening take on spooky horses.

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US Army Horse Artillery

Found this interesting video about Horse Artillery Training and Organization while researching a completely unrelated subject.

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Caprilli’s Natural System of Forward Riding

Here’s a video. Just watch it. You don’t have to speak Italian to enjoy it and understand it.

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Hussars Fire Fundraising Organized by “D” Troop 15th Kings Light Dragoon (Hussars)

““D” Troop 15th Kings Light Dragoons (Hussars) are Australia’s largest cavalry re-enactment group. On Tuesday 8th January 2013 a wildfire went through the property where their kit was stored and it was all lost. Equipment, clothing and swords were all destroyed at the property.”

To read more, or donate to help them recover, visit: http://hussars.chipin.com/hussars-fire-fundraising

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The Spanish Riding School

This is the ultimate in riding!

Part one:

Part two:

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Merry Christmas to all! And God bless the horses.

Just a note on this Christmas Eve.

Be sure to be thankful to your horses, and be kind to and understanding of them. Treat them as though they were your family because they are. And remember the Cavalry Man’s Prayer every day when you ride and go forth in your daily lives.

A Cavalry Soldier’s Prayer

Please God let not the slashing fray
End our lives this coming day
Before my chance to make amends
To pledge my love to kin and friends.

Please stay the hand that targets horse
My faithful friend on many course
He asks for naught , his heart is true
Brave warrior horse, both grey and blue.

Give angels wings to horses here
Who tarry on and show no fear;
No sabre, shot nor cannons roar
Should still the hearts who can’t give more.

Lay down the steeds in pastures green
Where smoke and fire are never seen;
Quiet ears and eyes that know such hell
Till in your heavens they may dwell.

Yon sunlight gleams on metal bright
Assurance of yet another fight
Please God I bow my head and pray
End not our lives this coming day.

Robin Shields
6th Ohio Cavalry

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Per L’Equitatzione Di Campagna (For Riding in the Field)

Website Update –

I’ve posted a 2nd edition (improved for readability and clarity) of my translation of Federico Caprilli’s “Per L’Equitazione Di Campagna” (For Cross Country Riding) which appeared in the January-February 1901 issue of Revista di Cavalleria: “Federico Caprilli – Per L’Equitazione Di Campagna”

It’s a very interesting read. Most riders will be fairly familiar with Caprilli’s ideas but there are a few points of equitation and theory that have become neglected or forgotten my many riders today.

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Equestrian Skill at Arms

I found this interesting instructional video for Equestrian Skill at Arms posted on our ICA (International Cavalry Association) Facebook page:

SAA is a great sport for developing the general riding skills of both horse and rider.

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The American Military Seat, circa 1850-1920 (Revised Edition)

The American Military Seat, circa 1850-1920:

The American Military Seat, Circa 1850-1920:

The State of American Military Equitation before the “Fort Riley Seat”

By Dan Gilmore

Revised, November 23, 2012

(Author’s note: This article was revised for clarity and relevance in terms of historical and technical clarity.)

Those seriously pursuing cavalry re-enacting strive to achieve a great amount of detail aimed at accuracy in terms of uniforms, tack, equipment and various other accouterments. The accuracy achieved by the best of re-enactors (mostly of the Civil War genre)is often astounding. Some reenactors go to the extent of reproducing the actual method or system of riding used by various cavalry organizations they portray. The obsolete (and I cannot over-stress “obsolete”) version of the “Military Seat” to be discussed in this article is part of a an extinct system of riding that was specifically created for the purpose of mounted combat using a specific type of saddle (the McClellan).

It should be noted at this point that this method of riding is obsolete when it comes to jumping obstacles. In fact, it would be a dangerous affair in a modern jumping saddle designed for the forward seat.

By the mid-1920’s this obsolete version of the “Military Seat” (circa 1850-1920) was replaced with a variant of Federico Caprilli’s infinitely more efficient “Forward Seat” later to become commonly known as the “Ft. Riley Seat” (part of a system largely based upon Caprilli’s “Natural System” of forward equitation. Caprilli’s “Natural System” will be described in detail in a series of future articles.) Read more: The American Military Seat, circa 1850-1920 – The State of American Military Equitation before the “Fort Riley Seat”

 

 

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Bronze Statue to The Horse Soldiers to be Unveiled at Ground Zero Today

Horse Soldier at Ground Zero.

So you thought horse cavalry was a thing of the past?

Soldier, in Bronze, Goes to Ground Zero
By PATRICK MCGEEHAN

“A statue memorializing soldiers who rode into battle in Afghanistan after 9/11 has been placed in front of the World Trade Center PATH station and will be formally dedicated on Friday.” Read More: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/17/a-statue-arrives-at-ground-zero-while-another-still-seeks-a-home/

(Source: Soldier, in Bronze, Goes to Ground Zer)

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