Copenhagen: The Duke of Wellington’s War Horse.

Today as part of my remembrance of the equine war heroes I am reblgging my post about Copenhagen. He was on the battlefield for 17 hours at the Battle of Waterloo. When Wellington dismounted he gave him a unexpected response!

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Yesterday’s post was dedicated to Marengo, one of Napoleon’s favorite horses. Today we can take a look at Copenhagen the horse of the Duke of Wellington who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.

Copenhagen foaled in 1808 and was of Thoroughbred and Arabian parentage. He was the Duke of Wellington’s favorite horse and was ridden in several battles but the most famous of them was the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. Wellington was mounted on Copenhagen for some seventeen hours of the battle. When he dismounted he patted Copenhagen on the flank and the horse, quite probably  exhausted and overwrought kicked out and narrowly missed Wellington’s head!

He lived to a good age and died in February 1836 aged 28 years. The story goes that he had overindulged in too many sugary treats: sponge cakes, bath buns and chocolate creams. He was buried with full military honors at…

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Emma Cownie says:

    I have seen rather stupid people feed Gower ponies chips but fancy feeding a horse sponge cake and buns!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes and wait till you read the post on Sgt. Reckless. She got scrambled eggs and Coke in Korea from the American sold. But she survived ! In that situation maybe they didn’t have any horse feed available and did the best they could.

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  2. Your post creates curiosity to visit the museum, thanks for sharing maa

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome.

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  3. Amy says:

    Wow… Thank you for sharing with us, Anne!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome Amy!

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  4. cigarman501 says:

    That’s how I want to go.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      HAHA! Yes me too.

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  5. It is unwise to approach a horse out of line of sight. I suppose Wellington was exhausted and overwrought himself and can be forgiven.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are right. It is always good to let the horse know where you are and speak first before touching any part of their hind end.

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