BSMS, lovely photos
Re Stuart era cavalry - I always think drawings of this type are inaccurate for several obvious reasons and some less obvious. The body of the horse is massive and represents more a driving horse - perhaps a Suffolk Punch, than a lighter cavalry horse.
The rider is wearing a ‘rough’ as a collar which is more appropriate for the earlier Tudor era.
The human somehow is out of proportion with the horse.
Re Old Guard French Cavalry Corporal - that could almost be a modern day painting. The toe is in a position which would be applauded by a modern dressage rider, except it does not run parallel with the side of the horse. There’s no weight in the rider’s feet - the weight is all in the seat. The man sits bolt upright as if on parade - which well he may have been. He’s holding a regimental Eagle.
My guess is that this drawing was to illustrate the uniform rather than the rider’s position.
Perhaps the saddle and the girth are set too far back.
A lovely drawing, never the less.
General Lee certainly sits bolt upright - but again he is posing with his toes slightly down - perhaps to hold the horse still. My guess is he sitting on a military saddle, which would have been English - perhaps even made in England since the Brits were trading with The South in return for cotton.. The horse looks ‘tucked up’.
Your Sheriff is also posing. I suspect he is ‘holding’ the horse still for the photo by pushing down on his stirrups. He didn’t want to spoil the line of his position or his hands which are resting on the top of the horn.
Lovely, lovely, lovely and the story line too. Talk about giving the horse the credit of intelligence.
PS I must say you have changed
& The Boyo himself. BSMS, you could easily be sitting on an English saddle in that seating position - except you are allowing the horse more rein than we would but there again it has not been fitted with a bit. Again you are posing for the camera.
The horse looks young to me, it is still a touch croup high. Did it grow more? What age was it in this photo? We Brits would probably have waited to back it at three, earliest.
bsms, You’ve got a few heirloom photos there for future generations. Sadly there are no generations of young horse riders following me on but at least nowadays the photos can be stored ‘in the cloud’.