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…

The Battle of Greasy Grass was Custer’s Last Stand.

Originally posted on HorseAddict:
The Lakota and the Plains tribes refer to the Battle of Little Big Horn as the Battle of Greasy Grass and it was the scene of an ignominious defeat for the 7th Cavalry and the Custer Battalion.? But one survivor has gone down in history as the sole survivor of the…

The 4th Century B.C. War Horse

Originally posted on HorseAddict:
Yesterday I featured war horses of the 21st Century. Now I will go back to 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 Great…

Horse Soldiers in the 21st Century.

Originally posted on HorseAddict:
“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 free their hands for combat, taking the battle line forward.”  What is this? The Charge of the Light Brigade? Napoleon’s assault on Moscow? No! This…

The Liverpool Working Horse.(Repost)

Originally posted on HorseAddict:
This weekend our son, who lives in London, England, was visiting Liverpool and found a memorial to the horses that used to work the docks in that city. He sent me a photo of the statue that commemorates these horses. WAITING by Judy Boyt (MA FRBS SEA) There is also a…

Churchill was not the only famous Winston.

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 him a name. But…

Monday Minstrel: The Horses of India.

J.T. Khanewala of Don’t Hold Your Breath blog commented on a recent post about how life would be different if horses had become extinct. He told me that in Asia the heavy work was done by oxen and there are no draft breeds as there are in the West. For both of us this peaked…