Calvary Officer’s Manual

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My Handsome Hubby bought something from LaRue Precision Firearms and included in the box was a very cool pamphlet that has excerpts from a 1917 Calvary Officer’s Manual. I was very taken with the requirements of the Calvary officer and thought I would share some of the pamphlet here!

A most important duty of the cavalry officer is keeping his horses in such training and health as will enable them to do their work to the best advantage. The proper performance of this duty requires careful instruction of the men in the treatment, stabling, management, watering, feeding, grooming and exercising of the horses and such continuous supervision and inspection by officers as will insure that instructions are understood and are being carried out.

Calvary officers should make themselves thoroughly acquainted with the natural history and physiology of the horse and with the effects of different methods of treatment, changes of diet, etc., upon his system and power of endurance.

They should have a familiar knowledge of the symptoms and methods of treatment of the diseases that are common to horses, what do do in emergencies and a good knowledge of the effects of the medicines supplied to the squadron. They should also be practically familiar with the principles of horseshoeing.

Sore backs are, as a rule, the result of carelessness or neglect; the immediate cause may be faulty adjustment of the saddle or equipment or bad riding.

At each halt officers and noncommissioned officers should inspect the adjustment of saddles and equipment of their men and should at no time tolerate lounging in the saddle.

Horse when received in the regiment are assigned to squadrons according to color, under direction of the commanding officer. They are branded on the hoof of one fore foot with the letter of the squadron and the number of the regiment on the same line; as D 7. their purchase number is found tattooed on the inside of the upper lip.

Captains make permanent assignments of horses; after a horse is so assigned, his rider will not exchange him nor allow him to be used by any other person without permission.

I will continue to share here. I have found this pamphlet to be very interesting and reading it has caused me to do some reading about the different animals used in war through out the years. It’s amazing what animals will do for us!

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