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Horses Serving During and After War

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Ever since humans decided to ride the horse, the horse has carried people into battle. The fancy moves of “airs above ground” that the Lipizzaner Stallions from Austria display today date back to when they were used in time of war. Jumping up and kicking out with both the front and back feet at the same time could knock down the enemy and protect the rider. They were so valuable for this training that during many different periods of war they were moved from Austria for safety.

Ranches in the Unites States that raised horses and mules for war time use were called “Re-mount Stations” The Quartermaster Corps in the 1770’s was in charge of training these horses and mules. These animals were needed to pull wagons of supplies, carry soldiers and pull cannons before machines did all the work. Soldiers who were lucky to ride a horse into battle were a part of the Calvary. In the late 1800’s General George McClellan designed a saddle for the Calvary that was both sturdy and would not cost too much. The military today still uses a “McClellan” saddle for a funeral procession which involves a “Caisson” wagon.

Caisson wagons were built to carry big cannons, spare wheels and extra parts for the gun. Today they carry flag draped coffins of military heroes and are pulled by 6 perfectly matched horses. There are two teams of three. Three horses are hitched in front and the next team of three is hitched closer to the wagon. All the horses are saddled, but there are only four mounted soldiers who ride the horses on the left side. This tradition is from the days when the horses on the right side would have carried extra provisions and feed.

Sometimes the Caisson is followed by a riderless “Caparisoned” horse led by a soldier. Empty riding boots are place backward in the stirrups to symbolize that this “warrior” will never ride again. Black Jack was a famous caparisoned horse who was in the funerals of five US presidents and many other military men. He had this very solemn job for 24 years.

How Well did You Read? Fill in the blanks:

The “corps” who trained horses and mules for the army____________
A riderless horse led in a funeral is called a _____________________
A “War Horse” from Austria_________________________________
A wagon that was used to carry a big cannon____________________
Ranches that raised horses for the army________________________
A famous caparisoned horse_________________________________
A General from the Civil War who has a saddle named for him_______



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Winter Blues

How many words can you write
that rhyme with these winter type words?

Example ICE - mice, rice____________________________________


horse greetingStop and Smell the Horses

Are you one of the lucky ones who have a horse of your own? Don’t you just love how they smell? Share your love of horses with someone who is not so lucky. Send them a card with some horse hair or hay tucked inside. “A SMELL-O-GRAM” Or you could put a piece of leather in it. Maybe you have a friend who can’t ride right now and this could cheer them up. Make someone’s day create a “Barn Potpourri” for them.



New Year - New You!
Write down goals for 2012:

• Take a piece of paper and write down what you would like to accomplish for 2012 in your equestrian pursuits and beyond!
• Next to each goal write down how you are going to do it.
• Next write down a person who could help you do it.
• Next write how you could help someone else with horses.
• Put this paper someplace where you can see it always. Good Luck!


WHAT= Work on getting better at picking up and cleaning horses hooves.
WHY= To be safer around horses.
HOW = Practice with a horse who is good about picking up its hooves.
WHO = Practice by picking up a person’s feet who is wearing boots with.
thick soles to clean out. Have someone hold the hoof for you to clean.
Helping others: Offer the help someone at the barn without being asked first.
Maybe someone at school would like to know about your horse. Show them pictures.


CHA Updates:

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