Riding up and down stone stairs? Cantering through chest-deep water? Sliding down CLIFFS? No big deal for your average cavalry horse.
I was surfing around Youtube when I found this amazing, strange relic from a different time–a silent film called “Modern Centaurs” that gives a snapshot of the totally insane cavalry training program. (Some sources point to it being the Italian cavalry, but I wasn’t able to confirm.)
Leaping over random debris? Baby stuff.
Slipping and sliding down a ridiculous bank? Just part of the job.
Now THIS drop is a challenge. And nearly made me pee my pants just looking at it.
Note the dog that runs by, sees the drop, and is like…NOPE!
To be honest, I wasn’t sure whether to be horrified at the injuries these horses probably sustained over time, or amazed at the gutsy riding. Without a doubt, though, you can see that these horses gave everything they had to their riders. You really just have to watch.
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