A horse and rider caught mid-trot. The photo is aged and worn but does not look like some of the earlier 19th century photos I have seen. Why could that be? Click for the answer.
I am playing with you again. This is a photo I took at a local Civil War reenactment yesterday – why I wasn’t in for Sepia Saturday too. The horse and rider were working on touch lead training. Many horses used by mounted reenactment units are retired race horses that no longer are valued as “worth” the investment of the owners. Because they are already used lots of noise and people around them, they make an excellent choice for an equestrian. They are auctioned off to the highest bidder and some of these horses go for $300-$500, an incredible steal when considering a good animal and partner. Some of these riders bond with their horses so closely that they retire from the hobby for a year if their horse dies. It’s like they are in mourning.
So this is a beautiful photo of a Federal calvary officer circa 1862 riding his horse in a field.