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by unclearthur
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: War Horse Memorial UK
Replies: 0
Views: 898

War Horse Memorial UK

Just thought this might be of interest.

https://www.thewarhorsememorial.org/201 ... g-touches/
by unclearthur
Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Sainsbury 1914 themed Chrismas ad (thanks Frank Bower)
Replies: 1
Views: 1612

Re: Sainsbury 1914 themed Chrismas ad (thanks Frank Bower)

All in aid of the British Legion (armed forces charity) too, so doubly good :D
by unclearthur
Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:10 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: New Horses
Replies: 10
Views: 3745

Re: New Horses

Hmm. We had a lead rein pony who had to be lunged before being ridden if she'd been stabled overnight. Otherwise she bucked like hell, which wasn't very nice for a small child. But if she'd been out in the field there were no such tantrums. A lot of horses will put their backs up when you mount, hav...
by unclearthur
Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:32 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: The Horse in motion.
Replies: 4
Views: 2030

Re: The Horse in motion.

Yeah - from my Pony Club days canter and gallop were always three and four beat gaits with a 'period of suspension'. The photos don't really match up to the almost spread-eagled stance favoured by old masters, though. The film of Devon Loch falling in the closing stages of the '56 Grand National has...
by unclearthur
Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:50 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: driving reins
Replies: 1
Views: 2344

Re: driving reins

I can't see how they'd work for tandem, because to unbuckle the couplings the buckle 'in hand' (where the reins join) would have to be small enough to pass through the coupling buckle. The one in the woodcut looks a similar size, which for strength is what you might expect.

Just a thought.
by unclearthur
Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:30 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: French Army. Royal, to republican to imperial
Replies: 1
Views: 964

Re: French Army. Royal, to republican to imperial

Did you mean 1789? :wink: They did, so far as I'm aware. Ordinary soldiers were treated as servants of the country, rather than agents of the King, so never suffered the witch-hunts their mostly aristocratic officers had to put up with. Loss of officers was a major problem because their mostly young...
by unclearthur
Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: The British Cavalry & 'The Forward Seat'
Replies: 5
Views: 2423

Re: The British Cavalry & 'The Forward Seat'

I see he's on Wikipedia! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Lawrence

Though I think 'Eventing' was actually called 'The Military' at that time.

Good stuff :D
by unclearthur
Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: The British Cavalry & 'The Forward Seat'
Replies: 5
Views: 2423

Re: The British Cavalry & 'The Forward Seat'

Brilliant explanation, much of which I didn't know, and I've read around that period. :D
by unclearthur
Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: Ascot 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 5683

Re: Ascot 2013

Not sure where you are, but there are a lot of pictures in Horse & Hound, that indicates a number of folks, including juniors, do. In the U.S. of A, it is believed you have to be a very upper level rider, before you can even try one. Jim South Wales. We jokingly call it 'cowboy' country based o...
by unclearthur
Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: Ascot 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 5683

Re: Ascot 2013

Not round here they don't - it's gags and pelhams :wink:
by unclearthur
Fri Jun 07, 2013 6:32 am
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: Book Review: Au Galop! Horses and Riders of Napoleon's Army
Replies: 0
Views: 2136

Book Review: Au Galop! Horses and Riders of Napoleon's Army

Napoleonic cavalry enthusiasts might be interested in this new book, reviewed on my blog.

http://cavalrytales.wordpress.com/2013/ ... eons-army/
by unclearthur
Sun May 26, 2013 4:08 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Book
Replies: 17
Views: 4000

Re: Book

Yeah! How come I can never find really good stuff like that? :cry:
by unclearthur
Fri May 24, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: People confused by British unit names, apparently.
Replies: 10
Views: 3322

Re: People confused by British unit names, apparently.

The eagle is down to regimental amalgamations. The Blues and Royals were originally the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) and the 1st (Royal) Dragoons, the latter capturing the eagle of the 105 ligne at Waterloo. Though with currently ongoing argument about Sgt Ewart's part in taking the Scots Greys' (...
by unclearthur
Fri May 24, 2013 9:22 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: (Australian) military saddle
Replies: 3
Views: 3169

Re: (Australian) military saddle

From the acute angles of the side boards at the rear, and just the look of the rear brass (D and cantle spoon roller) I'd say it's an Indian copy. I have a couple which are very similar. Sideboards on most genuine UPs I've looked at sit much flatter. They're quite common, and actually not bad saddle...
by unclearthur
Sun May 19, 2013 3:48 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: "1805" British light dragoon saddle.
Replies: 73
Views: 36637

Re: "1805" British light dragoon saddle.

According to Paul Dawson's new book Au Gallop: Horses and Riders of Napoleon's Army , looping the breastplate straps over the spoon was deliberate. French hussar saddles were apparently prone to lifting in front, due to both their design and consequent positioning as well as the rider's seat. So my ...
by unclearthur
Sun May 19, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: People confused by British unit names, apparently.
Replies: 10
Views: 3322

Re: People confused by British unit names, apparently.

There spelchequer wuz browke :o
by unclearthur
Sun May 05, 2013 5:56 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: "1805" British light dragoon saddle.
Replies: 73
Views: 36637

Re: "1805" British light dragoon saddle.

. The breastplate has a long and a short shoulder strap, that buckle together, the long end was looped around the front spoon . The connection point of the 3 strap is covered by a heart shaped piece of leather. The holsters were looped to the front spoon , the lower ends held by rings on the breast...
by unclearthur
Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Prussian Sabers
Replies: 7
Views: 2634

Re: Prussian Sabers

True - the KGL were formed in 1802 or 03, I think, so maybe if good reports from the Hussars reached home they decided to upgrade?

I don't know when the Prussians began to use that pattern but I've seen an example with the same stirrup hilt dating from WW2, so they kept it a long time.
by unclearthur
Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:49 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Prussian Sabers
Replies: 7
Views: 2634

Re: Prussian Sabers

Kentucky Horseman wrote:Wasn't the Prussian sabers designed (if not directly copied from it) from the British 1796 light cavalry saber or whatever model the light cavalry saber was?
Interesting point. Le Marchant apparently copied an Austrian sabre for his 1796 design, and the Prussians copied that. Maybe :?
by unclearthur
Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:41 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: Throatlatch...or not?
Replies: 5
Views: 1884

Re: Throatlatch...or not?

selewis wrote:By chance this morning I ran across that particular use of the word, throatlatch, no hyphen, in "The Western Horse" by Dave Jones, U of Oklahoma Press, 1974. Jones was born in the twenties.
I've since found it in a mid-19th century text so it does seem to go back a long way :)