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is a work that includes virtually every aspect of
cavalry horsemanship. Information includes horse
breed types, skeletal information, conformation,
teeth and hoof care, saddle types, grasses and feed,
pack rigging and set-ups, diseases and medications,
just to name a few.
are a couple of surprises (to me). The text discusses
the washing of cavalry horses in the Philippines
by leading the horses into the water to their bellies,
then splashing until clean. Then it relates..."In
the treatment and cleaning of the cavalry horse,
this entire washing should never be permitted."
(pg. 393) The reasons given: ..."rarely warm
enough to do so and carelessness in attending the
horse after...would cause him to become ill."
is almost inconceivable and very hard to believe,
but ...is a fact, that a horse in robust health,
good condition, and doing hard work gives off in
24 hours through the pores of the skin an amount
of refuse and effete material equal to that excreted
by the bowels....grooming and cleaning keep the
pores open and free...." (pg.382-383)