Let me re-phrase my earlier question. Before searching and joining a Federal cavalry unit, I would like to take horse riding lessons. However, after some research, I see there are English, and Western styles. Which would be correct for Civil War cavalry, and can anyone recommend a stable? Thank you for all the help! Brad
You have an interesting question. I am often asked which way do I ride when I encounter 'normal' horse people and I respond that I ride U.S. Military. Get yourself a copy of the tactics manual and study that and learn all the topics that refer to horsemanship. In the mean time search the web for the lippazzaner stallions and watch them perform. Imagine riding one of those into war, cause that is what happens when we perform. Either of the two you study will help, with English you will learn to handle two sets of reigns better and with Western you will learn to neck reign better. Quite frankly, I use my legs more than either of those. Get to know your horse and learn to ride so that you will not get thrown, fall off or get pulled off. This requires many many hours in the saddle. While you are doing this, remember to practice the tactics a bit as regads getting on/off, turning right/left, moving at the walk, trot, gallop and CHARGE while holding onto your carbine, sabre and a couple of pistols. The first step is to learn to ride. Just the basics, but learn them well. Then you can start riding with a troop. This is a safety concern. Beyond that I like the Western technique best, but quite frankly either will work.
Thank for a great response! When you mention the book of tactics, I assume you mean either Poinsett or Cooke? I have been on a horse before, but it was riding on the beach during our honeymoon, and I know I need solid lessons before enlisting.
Tactics - Poinsetts or Cookes is correct. I use Cookes. Reading from the table of contents, see TITLE FIRST, Article VI and VII, then the entire TITLE THIRD (instruction on horseback).
1st - get comfortable around the horse, pick up and clean the feet, brush them, move them around in the paddock with a lead rope and your hands, touch them a lot. Learn what spooks them and how to calm them. 2nd - Develop a strong seat, balanced, hugging the horse, but not squeezing the horse. 3rd - either western or english, start to learn. Get instruction if you can, but also learn what is being spoken about in the tactics manual. For example, what does vaulting mean and just exactly what is a demi-pirouette and how do you get the horse to do it. (how do I get my horse to back up or slide right when in line?) If you get RFD TV on cable, search out the horse trainer episodes and watch them, I like Clinton Anderson for example. 4th - with all this work, don't forget to HAVE FUN! Sgt Scott
Post by Dave Myrick on Apr 12, 2010 17:57:53 GMT -5
Brad, Cooke's and Poinsett's were both used by both sides during the war. There are significant differences between the two. In my opinion, Poinsett's does a better job with School of the Trooper in its instruction of how to handle the horse, your seat, using your legs etc. If you can find a copy that is pre-1861 (The 1850 version is available on line for free) included are the instruction for using the Dragoon saddle and more importantly the Dragoon bit with both snaffle and curb reins.
Nolan's System for Training Military Horses is also a good and helpful read.
Where are u located if its anywhere close to maryland. we vazt nagrom farm could help if u just want to get on a horse and ride. i personally ride with the 1st md battlion which is csa but we use pointsettes n maybe able to help sgt. justin morgan