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post #11 of 15 Old 09-29-2012, 04:46 PM
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Great pictures. My husband is an active duty Army Officer and we are stationed at a post with an active Cavalry detachment. I love going to Change of Command ceremonies and seeing the Cavalry, knowing how much military history is being represented and respected! I will try to find some pictures to post. It's certainly an honor to watch and be a part of.
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post #12 of 15 Old 09-30-2012, 05:50 PM
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Jousting CAN hurt horse and rider. I don't know who told you that, but if you paid attention to anything done on tv, you'd have an idea...

I am part of a renaissance reanactment group and help my jousters. The number of times one has been hit in the groin, twisted an arm out of socket, pinched a nerve, FELL, got hit in the head, or even had a horse jump the stage with rider on, is innumerable. It's a dangerous sport and I don't take kindly to someone stating otherwise. Sorry if this sounded harsh, but as a groundscrewman I've seen/heard a lot about stuff that went/goes on. It's not pretty. We try very very hard to make sure no one gets hurt, but horses can't be choreographed and stuff can go awry in a blink of an eye.

The armor CAN help, but is not supposed to be a replacement for safety gear. There was one time our Lead jouster got hit in the head. his pig-face [helm] was what saved him. But if that hit was closer to the tip of the beak, it probably would have folded inward. There have been times where only luck has saved him from his armor causing serious complications.

I have pictures I can add, too, now that I've given my safety schpeal.

We actually require more armor than what is shown here. As of last year, we make our own armor, 18 guage, and are making tasses, gauntlets, pauldrons, gorges, cops when we can get them, and god only knows what else. I'll update with fresher pictures when I can fidn them.

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post #13 of 15 Old 09-30-2012, 06:06 PM
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Even better, I have videos.
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post #14 of 15 Old 10-01-2012, 12:53 PM
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My dad was a member of the Old Guard (I believe its called that) back in 1980 right before I was born. I'll have to try to get some pictures of him, but this is what he did. These are the horses that do ceremonies in Arlington National Cemetery.

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post #15 of 15 Old 10-04-2012, 10:30 AM
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My dad is the captain of the Civil War reenacting group the 7th Indiana/1st Virginia Cavalry. You can check out the website at
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