have been doing cavalry reenacting for a number of years now, most
all of it 19th century impressions including Tex Rev(Mexican Presidial),
ACW (Terry's Texas Rangers & 5th Texas Mounted Vols), and Indian
Wars IW (4th US Cavalry). So, armed with the experience of what reenacting
is all about, I began with adapting modern horsemanship to the ancient
situation. Firstly, stirrups may have been invented in the east at
this point but were very rare in Europe and the Mediterranean areas.
challenge for me was to become proficient at riding and using ancient
style weapons while bareback. I started with 19th century training
techniques and obstacle courses. Convinced I and my horse are up to
the task, I have begun putting together my kit and researching the
mounted services throughout the region in the beginning of the Late
Roman period. My hope is to assemble a small cavalry detachment for
demos, parades, and living histories. Horses always draw the crowd!
Riding without Stirrups