Boots on saddles!
This picture appeared in today’s Daily Mail.
Remember I was talking about falls recently, and the difficulty French Curassiers had, getting stuck in the mud at Waterloo? Well here’s a slightly different problem.
Heavy cavalry also wore huge, knee-length boots – not exactly ideal for running away. The Household Cavalry still wear cuirasses and high boots. So maybe this poor trooper had the right idea.
Take a good look at his feet. See? His boots have stayed with the horse! Much easier to run away in your socks, though to be fair the Mail printed another picture showing a more dignified retreat – with boots but sans cuirass.
You have to feel sorry for the poor chap, especially as the troop was practicing for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s forthcoming marriage.
Better luck on the day, eh? And be sure to wear clean socks, just in case!