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by selewis
Sat Oct 16, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Capt. R.R. Allen, 10/14/21
Replies: 5
Views: 127

Re: Capt. R.R. Allen, 10/14/21

Piaffer? I too was wondering what was going on here. At first glance it appears that the horse is side stepping, moving obliquely towards the camera with the left diagonal in motion; but the riders attitude/ position indicates that he is moving straight forward and that this is a phase of the walk a...
by selewis
Fri Sep 24, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: CONTINENTAL AND MILITIA CAVALRY COMPARED: A CASE STUDY FROM SARATOGA, 1777
Replies: 5
Views: 216

Re: CONTINENTAL AND MILITIA CAVALRY COMPARED: A CASE STUDY FROM SARATOGA, 1777

Sort of to Joe's point regarding expense: aren't the logistics involved in maintaining horse soldiers more difficult and costly than for infantry- especially before mechanized transport?
by selewis
Mon Sep 20, 2021 6:14 am
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: Wouk on horse use
Replies: 1
Views: 59

Wouk on horse use

“Contrary to a notion poplar at the time- a notion which has never quite died- the Wehrmacht was not a giant solid phalanx of tanks and armored cars, spitting flame and death as it clanked through whole nations. Hitler had a horse drawn army. It was larger than Napoleon’s, but mainly it advanced int...
by selewis
Thu Jul 15, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Sidesaddle
Replies: 4
Views: 325

Re: Sidesaddle

Here’s what Lida L. Fleitmann (later Bllodgood) had to say on the subject in her book “Comments on Hunters and Hacks”; Scribner’s Sons, 1922. She was good friends with the leading forward seat proponents of the time, Santini, Chamberlin et al, and was present at Tor d’Quinto when so much was going o...
by selewis
Tue Jul 13, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Nelson Miles, May 30, 1921
Replies: 9
Views: 626

Re: Nelson Miles, May 30, 1921

Is that sort of an odd seat? Yes, common though, especially in Australia among stockmen; where it bled into their mounted services, I believe.It was sometimes referred to as a "stockman's seat". It was never regulation in the U.S. Army and was much derided by the young turks of the forwar...
by selewis
Wed Jun 02, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: The Prairie Traveler by R.B. Marcy
Replies: 1
Views: 208

Re: The Prairie Traveler by R.B. Macey

I'm not sure that the url came through as hoped. If not, the audio book can be found at the Internet Archive.
by selewis
Wed Jun 02, 2021 11:01 am
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: The Prairie Traveler by R.B. Marcy
Replies: 1
Views: 208

The Prairie Traveler by R.B. Marcy

I suppose that most of our members will already be familiar with this book; but it was new to me, so I pass it along, just in case. It is an audio edition and, so, offers food for thought while effortlessly rolling along the interstate highways. Enjoy, Sandy https://archive.org/details/prairie_trave...
by selewis
Sun May 09, 2021 6:37 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Government Mules (real equines, not the band)
Replies: 8
Views: 654

Re: Government Mules (real equines, not the band)

Good info. Thanks John.

Sandy
by selewis
Sat May 08, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Government Mules (real equines, not the band)
Replies: 8
Views: 654

Re: Government Mules (real equines, not the band)

Is the pack station just outside of Missoula still operating? I’ve never been there but have passed by the turnoff at Nine Mile many times- sometimes stopping at the tavern there for lunch- which if I recall correctly was once a stage stop.
by selewis
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Off Topic - Just Because It's Cool...
Replies: 8
Views: 810

Re: Off Topic - Just Because It's Cool...

Thanks for those. One sees a movie, even consciously enjoys the score, but seldom or never gives a thought to orchestration or performance, like taking plumbing for granted. It’s mindful to see how it’s done. I shall be thinking of Carl Davis, Bernard Herrmann, and of course Ennio Morricone today. R...
by selewis
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Washington D. C. Hunt, December 4, 1920
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Re: Washington D. C. Hunt, December 4, 1920

My father worked for a defense contractor that had a small office in the nation’s capitol and for two years, ’62-’64 we lived in Falls Church, Virginia. I remembered it as a rural area where we fished, hunted, rode horses, and enjoyed what seemed to be a generally bucolic lifestyle. So, when my wife...
by selewis
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: USMC Gen. John A. Lejune, 11/23/1920
Replies: 3
Views: 515

Re: USMC Gen. John A. Lejune, 11/23/1920

Very long stirrups, even for the old seat.
by selewis
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: USMC Gen. John A. Lejune, 11/23/1920
Replies: 3
Views: 515

Re: USMC Gen. John A. Lejune, 11/23/1920

Very long stirrups, even for the old seat.
by selewis
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Thomas Hardy (1902)
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Re: Thomas Hardy (1902)

I’ve come to appreciate Hardy more than I did when I read Tess fifty odd years ago- callow youth- and I’d never read his poetry, that I can recall. I ran across this one several weeks ago and thought it apt for Veterans Day. I’m glad you liked it. For inspirational verse in this genre I think the be...
by selewis
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Thomas Hardy (1902)
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Thomas Hardy (1902)

The Man He Killed By Thomas Hardy “Had he and I but met By some old ancient inn, We should have set us down to wet Right many a nipperkin! “But ranged as infantry, And staring face to face, I shot at him as he at me, And killed him in his place. “I shot him dead because- Because he was my foe, Just ...
by selewis
Tue Sep 29, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: horse use Churchill
Replies: 6
Views: 852

horse use Churchill

This, from Vol. II History of WWII "Their Finest Hour" with a bit of the preceding paragraphs for context: "Priorities Note from the Prime Minister October 15,1940 ...3. At present we are aiming at five armored divisions and armored brigades equivalent to three more. This is not enoug...
by selewis
Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: General Chamberlin: America's Equestrian Genius
Replies: 1
Views: 392

Re: General Chamberlin: America's Equestrian Genius

Great news. I'm looking forward to reading both. Thanks and kudos to you and your distinguished contributors.
by selewis
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Rubber Tires
Replies: 7
Views: 1086

Re: Rubber Tires

Wow. Very interesting, And not at all as I might have guessed. So, they're "steel belted circumferencials".

Sandy
by selewis
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: unidentified saddle
Replies: 9
Views: 1267

Re: unidentified saddle

Pat; I can only respond anecdotally and say that the seat leather and associated pockets employed in attaching same to the tree were and still are in good condition. Not so the billet straps however. The second (and last ) time I used the saddle they broke when I popped over a small ditch which resu...
by selewis
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: "A photo postcard of 4431 Trooper Francis Robertson, Scottish Horse & Imp Camel Corps 50204."
Replies: 4
Views: 780

Re: "A photo postcard of 4431 Trooper Francis Robertson, Scottish Horse & Imp Camel Corps 50204."

Great story Steve. In my salad days I used to hitch hike through that area, and looking out the window at the hills east of highway 101 where it leaves the coast , muse at how great it would be to ride a horse over them and see what lay on the other side. Many years later, not so long ago, my wife a...