Post by wshifflett on Nov 18, 2006 15:23:52 GMT -5
Andy, I got really lucky when I bought my horse because he was already a great ride and he really took to the basics of cavalry life so he never missed a beat when I first linked him up. But as far as suggestions go Id suggest that the dominate or worst horse be the one that is held by the lead and put the more dosile horses on the end.
William L. Shifflett 4th Va Cav, Co D
"We are still expecting the enemy. Why dont he come?" -JEB Stuart
In Memory of 3 Sox, 4th Va Cavalry horse, my mount, my friend. Killed in action January 9th, 2005.
Andy: As nobody has given any really good ideas except for Mikes, and I do not know the experience level of you or your horse, lest start with basics.
Drill, drill. If your unit is large enough a new trooper and horse combo should be in the second rank either as a number 2 or 3. This give horse and rider someone to follow and watch. The drill will let you determine how your horse reacts when closed in. If he is at his ease, then you are on to a good start.
As for linking, how does he react to cross ties and/or being tied on the picket line. A easy exercise would be to ponie your horse, or use him to ponie another horse to test his compatability.
When it comes to the number 4 man, the horse holder, he should be a good rider and horse savy. The common pratice in a lot of reenacting units is to use an older man with bad knees or back that does not move well and has trouble remounting, the other bad option is to use a new man that does not have a carbine yet.
As you and your horse progress, it is a good practice for the unit to establish a standard set of fours, based on skills and compatability of men and horses. The front rank should always be the best of the unit in drill and horsemanship, as they lead the way.