Eight million horses, ponies, mules and donkeys died in the First World War.
Because they were better than mechanised vehicles at traveling through deep mud and over rough terrain, they were used for reconnaissance and for carrying messengers – as well as pulling artillery, ambulances and supply wagons. It was also said their presence increased morale amongst the soldiers at the front.
But they endured terrible conditions… Thousands were killed by machine gun and artillery fire, suffered from skin disorders, and were injured by posion gas. Even after being badly injured they were sent back to the front after treatment at battlefield veterinary hospitals.
So there’s an extra special reason to do something extraordinary with your horse or pony – to remember not just the soldiers, but also all the horses and ponies who endured those terrible things for us 100 years ago.
Think of something you could do with your club or stable… Maybe something with 100 in it – like 100 jumps, 100 riders doing something 100 times, 100 miles etc.
Your challenge could be endurance based, or technical/skill based, or both. If you think of great ideas let us know, because we want to share your ideas on this page.
One of our supported charities HorseBackUK uses horses and horsemanship to inspire recovery, regain self-esteem and provide a sense of purpose and community to the wounded, injured and sick of the military community. Here is a video about the wonderful work they do…
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