War brought a silver lining to horses.

Today is Veterans Day or Remembrance Day. There are few good things to come out of war but this post, which I am reposting here, tells of one huge plus for working equines. When World War 1 ended there were thousands of horses that had survived and were not returned to their homelands of England,…

Rienzi ….American Civil War Hero

Today I am sharing a post I wrote previously about a horse hero of the American Civil War. Colonel Phil Sheridan first saw the black gelding in Rienzi,  Mississippi and named him after the town.  He rode him for the next three years through 45 engagements including 19 pitched battles and two cavalry raids. On October…

Sgt Reckless. Hero of the Marine Corps.

For the past several days I have reposted some of my older posts about horses in war as a way to remember them leading up to Remembrance Day on Nov. 11. Today I would like to look at a brighter story and honor a horse hero who survived the Korean War. In  1952 Reckless was…

Horse Soldiers in the 21st Century.

Leading up to Veterans Day/Remembrance Day I am reposting some of my blog posts about horses who were heroes of war. This post is about 21st Century horse heroes. “1,500 cavalrymen galloped across a mile of rising and falling hollows.” And then …. “The second wave of horsemen passed through, reins in their teeth to…

A 4th Century BC War hero.

This week I am focusing on horses who were heroes of war. This one comes from far in the past, a horse from the 4th Century BC.  Bucephalus. Here is an excerpt from Kathleen Walker-Meikle’s book “The Horse Book-Horses of Historical Distinction”. “Bucephalus was the beloved horse of the Macedonian general and conqueror, Alexander the…

Where are the Veterans? Who do we remember?

Leading up to Remembrance /Veterans Day I will be paying tribute to some of the horses who have also served. and will be reblogging some posts. The beginning of this post is my idea of a battle with horses. It is fiction but I feel certain it is close to what actually happened back in…

Every Horse Remembered – Lest We Forget.

Originally posted on HorseAddict:
Every Horse Remembered. Lest We Forget.  This is my response to Six Word Saturday from Debbie at Travel with Intent. In the coming week leading up to Remembrance / Veterans Day I will be reblogging posts about horses who served in war. Ownerless horse on the battlefield. by Adam Albrecht The…

Sand Pounders: Part 2

    There were many comments on my post last week about the sand Pounders coastal patrols. Here is some more information .This is taken from an article in Horse Canada magazine, November 2014. Jarman, a World War II Coast Guard beach patrol veteran, just before he passed away at the ripe old age of 40…

Churchill was not the only famous Winston.

Originally posted on HorseAddict:
I recently got an interesting comment from Susan who had read my blog post “The Day I met a Cavalry Black”. In this post I had called the horse Winston. I had just made this up to be honest, as I felt he was such a nice fellow I should give…

Compare and Contrast, Then and Now.

Look at this car from the 1950s . No horse could have those colors. Oh…yes they could! Look at this! What about this? What about the coaches that took groups of people from one place to another like this colorful bus? Horses drew “bus” carriages as well . What about the heavy duty transport like…

Advice for Lady Equestrians (circa 1838)

1838’s Eight Things a Lady Equestrian Simply Should Not Do Do not ride the wrong-colored horse.“Of all colors presented by the horse, none is so rich, and, at the same time, so elegant and chaste, as a bright bay; providing the mane, tail and lower parts of the legs, be black.”“But much white, either on…

How War Brought a Silver Lining (Reblog)

Originally posted on HorseAddict:
When World War 1 ended there were thousands of horses that had survived and were not returned to their homelands of England, Canada or Australia. In 1930 Dorothy Brooke arrived in Cairo, Egypt.She was horrified to find hundreds of emaciated and down trodden horses that had been sold into a life…