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M-Cubed

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Yanno, if ya use unicorns, they'd already have the bayonet.
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Reckless reincarnated!
     
jim b - I suppose you can call it that...

A while back, when I still lived outside the back gate at Fort Campbell and still worked on the base, I was on my way home one afternoon when I came upon an interesting scene at the post riding stables.  Standing at the side of the road were a half-dozen guys in uniform with SF patches on their shoulders and a pile of sawbuck-style pack saddles on the ground in front of them.  To a man, they were standing there with their mouths open watching a half-dozen Army livery horses (NSN 8820-01-161-6934) pelting away down the road in the direction of Sabre Heliport.

Evidently no one had explained to the poor Sneaky Forces troops that a livery horse has a mind of its own, and that if you just let go of the reins/lead rope it will generally NOT stick around and placidly stand there while you toss that pack saddle up onto it's back.

And yes, I did stop and help them round up the recalcitrant equines.

 
Somewhere on the 'net I recall reading an instructional document for artillerymen, dating from about 1863 or thenabouts. Most of it seemed to do with looking out for the horses, including cleaning under the foreskins of the stallions.

I knew a horsey gal a while back, who described that in more detail than I wished to hear.  She was somewhat pervy. I think a lot of horsey people are somewhat pervy.
 
Justthisguy -

Ya gotta do it for geldings too. 
 
JTG, think about the number of horses for just one battery of six guns.  Each gun has (nominally) six horses to pull it.  And, each gun has a caisson, which also needs six horses. Already up to 72.  Plus a few to pull the artificers wagon.  And more to pull the other gear. Plus an officers mount or two.  Real easy for a battery to reach 100 horses.   With twice a day feeding and watering.  And exercise.  And harnessing and unharnessing.  And burying those killed or put down (takes a hellacious big hole to bury a horse).  And then, if in a camp for more than a day - manure to dispose of.
 
There are still historic horse barn structures at the Presidio San Francisco. 
 
Fort Riley (home of the old cav school) still have a whole bunch, too.  A couple even still used for horses, for the CG's Mounted Color Guard of the 1ID.


 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Warfare_Training_Center

Using and caring for pack animals is part of the course.

 
Huachuca still has a few of the old stables, hasnt been a horse in them in over 90 years....but on a hot day....