And the infantry think they had it tough…

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Own a horse? They’re a lot of work, aren’t they?

I’ve always said Wellington’s infantry had an easy life compared to his cavalry, whatever they might have complained to the contrary. After all, the only thing a footslogger needed to do at the end of a day’s march was cook his dinner and clean his weapon, whereas the poor dragoon had to do that PLUS see to his horse.

And here’s the proof, albeit this was the routine in barracks (and in 1830) where stabling, feed and bedding were on hand rather than at the whim of the commissary officer, if he was even up with the advance, or the individual dragoon’s foraging abilities if not.

Many thanks to Grenadiers a Cheval for the link.

Read it and weep! 😉

Royal North British Dragoon – A Day In The Life

~ by cavalrytales on January 4, 2014.

2 Responses to “And the infantry think they had it tough…”

  1. AS much work and expense as any child. People don’t realize this until they get one. My father refused to buy me a horse for this reason. However, when he did, I know what I had to do…take care of it. Well, Valjean kept me outta trouble and taught me valuable lessons as responsibility. I was not so overwhelmed when I had kids…that was for sure. Changing diapers/cleaning stalls. same same.
    I am still amazed tho with the armies on horseback from Greek to WWI. The numbers alone astound me. How did they feed all that stock and men and even think of moving?


    • They mostly needed horses to move supplies to feed the armies, and yet more to carry supplies to feed the pack horses. In the Peninsular War it was averaged that a typical cavalry regiment of just over 400 men would have 458 horses and mules for themselves (mounts, spares and pack animals) but a further 278 animals simply to carry three days rations and supplies for all of them!!!
      Unreal 🙂


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