Small Horses in Warfare

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Vinton, 1900 - Horses - 49 pages
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Page 6 - ... got himself ready on the chance of some such opportunity occurring, and it is pleasant to know that he got it. At Assiout, next morning, a stowaway was discovered, a bandboy, who accounted for himself by saying " He was the only man in the band without a medal, and he could not stand it" Experience had shown that English horses could not stand hard work under a tropical sun, with scarcity of water and desert fare. It was therefore decided, before leaving Cairo, to mount the regiment entirely...
Page 21 - Our cavalry horses," he says, " are feeble ; they measure high, but so from length of limb, which is weakness, not power. The blood they require is not that of weedy racehorses (an animal more akin to the greyhound, and bred for speed alone), but it is the blood of the Aral) and Persian, to give them that compact form and wiry limb in which they are wanting.
Page 53 - Ponies Past and Present The breeds of the British Islands, New Forest, Welsh, Exmoor, Dartmoor, Westmoreland, Cumberland, Scottish, Shetland, Connemara. With Illustrations.
Page 7 - APPENDIX K REPORT BY COLONEL BARROW ON THE ARAB HORSES RIDDEN BY THE NINETEENTH HUSSARS DURING THE NILE CAMPAIGN OF 1885. Description of Horse. Arab stallion. Average height, 14 hands ; average age, 8 years to 9 years ; some 1 5 per cent. over 1 2 years ; bought by Egyptian Government in Syria and Lower Egypt ; average price, 18/. Work done previous to Campaign, Some 50 per cent. had been through the campaign in the Eastern Soudan with the 1gth Hussars in February and March 1884, and returned in...
Page 32 - Averaging scarcely fourteen hands in height, he is rather slight in build, though always having powerful forequarters, good legs, short strong back, and full barrel. He has not the slightest appearance of "blood," though his sharp nervous ears and bright vicious eyes indicate unusual intelligence and temper, but the amount of work he can do, and the distance he can make in a specified (long) time, put him fairly on a level with the Arabian or any other of animal creation.
Page 24 - You ask me how many days an Arab horse can march without rest and without suffering too severely. Know, then, that a horse sound in every limb, that eats as much barley as his stomach can contain, can do whatever his rider can ask of him. For this reason the Arabs say : " Give barley and over-work him.
Page 10 - That the climate of the Soudan is most suitable for horses. 2. That the Syrian horse has a wonderful constitution, and is admirably suited for warfare in an eastern climate. Conclusion. The distance actually marched from point to point, not taking any account of reconnaissances, &c., was over 1500 miles. The weight carried was reduced to the minimum, but averaged about 14 stone. The weather during the last four months of the campaign was trying. Food was often very limited...
Page 24 - A good horse in the desert ought to accomplish for five or six days, one after the other, distances of twenty-five to thirty leagues (seventy-five to ninety miles). After a couple of days, if well fed, he will be quite fresh enough to repeat the feat, says General E.
Page 32 - ... horrors of that raid are a part of the history of Kansas, but in spite of the great number of horses taken, the Indians were so closely pressed by Major Mauck and his cavalry, that, to this day, they cannot be made to believe that Mauck made his wonderful marches with one and the same set of animals. Treated properly, the pony will wear out two American horses ; but in the hands of the Indian he is so abused and neglected that an energetic cavalryofficer will wear him out. After endurance, the...
Page 1 - a good big horse is better than a good little one," is in the main correct, we have to consider that the merits which go to make a useful horse for campaigning are infinitely more common in small horses than in big ones.

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