The Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band (Buxton Military Tattoo 2011) – The Cavalry Music Traditon Lives On

This is footage from the Buxton Military Tattoo 2011 of The Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band. This is an outstanding military band of the cavalry tradition.

The base melody for this march, “I Vow To Thee My Country” (Gustav Holst, arr. Searle) is from Holst’s “The Planets” (Jupiter, Bringer of Joy).

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Queen Elizabeth II and King Faisal review the Royal Horse Artillery RHA 1967

This is some serious military equitation.

“Queen Elizabeth II and King Faisal review the Royal Horse Artillery RHA 1967” from: “djamaluddin” on YouTube.

Brought up by Hartmut Writh of the International Cavalry Association (see: ICA – Facebook

From the same ICA thread:

“The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery” (from: menintallboots on YouTube.

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English Riding Supply Recalls “Happy Mouth” Wire Mouth Bits for Horses Due to Risk of Injury

A bit of consumer safety information someone passed on to me:

“WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.” Read more: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12190.html

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Horses in World War 1 – Part 1, 2, 3, and 4 – How Horses Won World War One (The Real War Horse of World War One)

If the suffering and sacrifice of the horses and mules in World War One doesn’t break your heart and bring tears to your eyes, then you don’t love horses and your aren’t human.

On this Memorial Day, remember the horses who died in World War One to save Western Civilization.

This film is not for the weak of heart. It is shocking and, in the end, quite moving.

From “AnimalMojo” on YouTube:

“8 million horses died in the First World War. At the end of the war, those that could not be re-homed were shot and processed as commodities. Further evidence, if it were needed, of the insanity of war.”

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

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RCMP become Queen’s ceremonial guards for a day

Royal Canadian Mounted Police


“Canadians were front and centre at London’s Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, as they were given the rare honour of guarding Queen Elizabeth II for the day.

For 350 years, the Household Cavalry, Britain’s army regiment, has been the official “Life Guard” to the monarch. But the responsibility was handed over to a non-British force – in this case, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – as part of the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations.

While it’s a first for the RCMP, it’s not unprecedented for Canada to have been given such an honour. “The first one was another Canadian regiment, the Lord Strathcona’s horse. They did it on their centennial in 2000,” says RCMP Sgt. Maj. Bill Stewart.” Read More: RCMP become Queen’s ceremonial guards for a day (from: http://www.globalregina.com).

Raw Video Footage (worth watching!): http://www.globalregina.com/pages/media.aspx?id=6442647180&mediaID=10

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Cross Country Riding – The Purpose of Military Equitation

Here’s an interesting video from The United States Army Cavalry School concerning jumping and cross country riding:

Jumping in the controlled environment of the riding ring is one thing, doing it in a cross country environment over uneven and varying ground is another. Certain techniques used in the riding ring will also get you hurt in the field. One of the elements of military riding that is overlooked in modern forward riding is using the various exercises used for developing balance and confidence in the rider and the horse which are peculiar to military equitation in the early 20th Century after the advent of Caprilli’s Natural System of Equitation.

At this point, something about the history of military equitation leading to Caprilli’s Natural System of Forward Riding must be noted. Watch the video by Bernie Traurig about The American Hunter-Jumper Forward Riding System. Traurig presents a nice historical vignette in brief concerning the application of modern forward riding and all its variations which were based upon Caprilli’s system of forward riding.

One of the main things I try to instill into my students is the development of confidence in the rider, the horse and between horse and rider. This can only be accomplished by exposing both rider and horse to the conditions in the field that cannot be obtained on the flat in a controlled environment.

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Federal Court Forces Interior Department to Consider Scientific Evidence Regarding Wild Horse Management

“Washington, DC – May 10, 2012 – The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has rejected an attempt by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to withhold and ignore critical scientific evidence in its decision-making process for the implementation of a precedent-setting plan to castrate wild stallions. At issue were expert declarations submitted to the BLM from leading experts in wild horse behavior and biology outlining the devastating impacts that castration would have on the health and natural behaviors of wild free-roaming stallions and wild horse herds.” Read more at: http://www.wildhorsepreservation.org/news/2012/05/10/federal-court-forces-interior-department-to-consider-scientific-evidence-regarding-wild-horse-management/

From: American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

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Calling all Military Equitation Riders in Western North Carolina

If you’d like to participate in Skill at Arms and Military Equitation and you are located in the Spartanburg, SC/Tryon, NC areas, drop me a line and we’ll talk.

And…

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Chinese Cavalry: A disappearing force with long history

In the era of stealth fighters and cruise missiles, Chinese cavalries still drill traditional military subjects.

"In the era of stealth fighters and cruise missiles, Chinese cavalries still drill traditional military subjects. (from http://english.people.com.cn/102774/7754775.html)


Since I get a lot of interesting emails from China (and not oddly enough, from Chinese military personnel who are interested in horse cavalry related subjects) I thought I’d put this item up: Chinese Cavalry: A disappearing force with long history

There are some very excellent images of Chinese Horse Cavalry to view that show the viability of horse cavalry in the 21st Century.

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Some Serious Riding set to Some Great Music

An interesting video with interesting music posted on the International Cavalry Association facebook page:

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