Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Taranaki New Zealand.
Awesome thread Kevin.
I enjoy reading about the Polish Hussars because of my Polish heritage. They were phenomanal horsemen and the funny thing when you read about them is that nowhere does it talk about cavalry soldiers going through horse after horse looking for the ONE. Like all soldiers going into battle they had a horse and they made it work, I have never come across discussions on the nature of the Hussarian battle horse although there is a lot of discussion on the prefered confirmation. I believe the general belief was that if a horse was physically capable then it would make a battle horse, whether the horse wanted to be or not wasn't really up for discussion.
Now days many horse riders underestimate the capabilities of the horses they ride and considering all the problem horses that crop up on this forum it is definitely to the horses detriment. There is the same mentality cropping up in horse training as there is in raising children. This weird belief that there should be a choice. Which I don't subscribe to in any way shape or form, for my horse and my child there are no choices in some aspects of life. When horse riding I choose the direction, speed, pace that we go - no discussion and do what is required to get my way. With my daughter I dictate the rules all day and there is no choice for her. Now I have a horse that goes anywhere and through anything regardless of circumstances, I also have a young daughter who is happy, polite, outgoing, confident and well behaved.
I know I have gone off on a bit of a tangent I just believe that in this new politically correct world we seem to live in, the lines of true authority have been lost. That small piece of text kindly shared by Kevin is very revealing it is about the lives of people who couldn't afford to worry about the sensibility of their horses and the horses were better for it.