Horse Equipment, Material Culture

Yule’s Modified Field Artillery Harness

United States Field Artillery Harness BY LIEUTENANT EDGAR H. YULE, ARTILLERY CORPS Published in the Journal of United State Artillery, 1906, Lt. Yule was attempting to address known problems with the harness then in use. Even in 1906, it appears from reaction to this article that extensive testing and consideration was on-going, testing that would …

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, …

Horsemanship, McClellan

McClellan Saddle Fit

Here’s just a few thoughts on fitting the McClellan saddle.A few of the reproduction McClellan saddles offered today are on fairly good modern repro trees with proportions only slightly different than the original 1896/1904 **. But, many more of the trees that the repro saddle fitters use are a cobbled western tree that they like …