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!
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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