Horsemanship

The Practical Use of the Saber For Cavalry Reenactors and Living Historians.

The use of the saber from horseback requires special skills not commonly practiced by many of today’s living historians. Unlike the use of the pistol or carbine in reenacting, which involves no direct contact with an opponent, the saber requires the simulation of combat by physical contact. The striking of blades, either individually or in …

Artifacts & Details, Material Culture, McClellan

US Pattern of 1859 Horse Equipments For The Cavalry Service

The following is gathered from the 1861 US Ordnance Manual, and describes completely the regulation ‘Pattern of 1859’ cavalry horse equipments.A complete set of horse equipments for cavalry troops consists of 1 bridle,¬†1 watering-bridle, 1 halter, 1 saddle, 1 pair of saddle-bags, 1 saddle-blanket, 1¬†surcingle, 1 pair of spurs, 1 curry-comb, 1 horse-brush, 1 picket-pin, …