Thursday, July 21, 2022

Cavalry or draft horse?

July, 1943 was when this "recruit in training" was photographed taking his horse for a swim.  I initially thought that the horse was a draft animal used for pulling wagons and sledges, but now I'm not so sure.  Mr. Google told me that the Finns had two elite cavalry brigades that were among their finest units of the war.  No, they didn't charge the Russians on horseback.  They used their mounts for deft mobility through the forests and dismounted to do the actual fighting.  Here's another photo:



  1. Wouldn't barebacking scratch the equipment? Unless being wet would help?

    1. A wet coat would be slicked down on most horses, and thus less likely to irritate.

  2. To my Finnish friends-
    Olen ihaillut Suomea ja suomalaisia.
    Rohkeutesi, SISUSI, paattavaisyytesi vastoinkymisten edessa.
    Rohkeuden ja lujuuden historiasi. Jarvien ja metsan maa, jota kutsut kodiksi.
    KIITOS teille kaikille.
    -Rj in the IE