Lydia, a nice bit of symbiotics there
I must admit, whilst I spend too much time in the saddle, I sit at the feet of those that have gone before. Unlike other men who wake their wife in the middle of the night for more carnal things, my wife will tell you, it has not been unknown for me to awake her saying something like; wow you have to read this!! Isn't Louis Nolan a master!!!! I will try that system out tomorrow!!! or, doesn't this prove what I have been saying about the movement of a squadron of cavalry in the field??
No, I am not near divorce
You girls say you have problems with getting into the saddle. This maybe true but the mounted element of a Cavalry Unit stands on the ground crew that allow it to ride.My Unit is not a display unit, it is a true volunteer cavalry unit with most of the 'doers' being women. Ofcourse, if we ever had to do a true period event linked to a time that didn't have women riders, it is my women members who say they wont ride but will support the men. However, if we decided to be move in the field or do something like a river crossing in depth, then I as the OC has no interest (and nor should I), in the contents of my troopers breeches.
Let me give you an example. My unit went to Poland a few years ago with their volunteer cavalry (best in the world!!!!). In the morning we went on an exercise through a forest (west prussia), to learn orienteering skills. We covered 23 miles in the morning. After lunch, I was asked if I wanted to go out on an officers ride. We covered another 40 miles in the day, on the same horse, using cavalry husbanding which meant our horses came in strong if not sparkling. My team were waiting for me (with an oxygen mask no lol), to support me. They saluted, not because they had to but they wanted to and then took my helmet when I dismounted and gave me my cap. It was a victory for the Unit. A fantastic effort by all and a level of pride in such company that we all had earned.
We feast upon those that seek to subdue us. (Adams Family motto but suits my family exactly)