And the infantry think they had it tough…
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! 😉