That camera would have needed a long exposure. That horse stood rock still for his portrait.
I love looking at what kind of horses people rode when it really mattered. I am surprised his mane is so long. But at that time the war had not gotten very ugly? They still had picnics while watching the battles so a war horse was like a show horse but the prizes were. . . . er. . . . more important?
For a war horse he sure does shine! I imagine that at times water was a very rare and precious commodity so elbow grease was the order of the day.
Looks like a Morgan or "saddlebred type." By saddlebred I don't mean the ASB of today but a "type" of horse bred mainly in the south for comfort on long rides with stamina and stoutness. He resembles many of the "light draught" types now popular for riding, like Fresian or Irish crosses.
That is a gorgous photo. Thank you for posting it.
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That is WAY cool!! Definitely something gaited, but looks Morgan to me, too. I'm not surprised by his condition...war was winding down and the horses were treated infinitely better than the men. I was shocked at what I found when I did some research into it! I am, however, surprised by the mane. I wonder if they did a running braid or kept it confined somehow? It's obviously been brushed through at some point before the photo.
If you enlarge it, he's also got a decent sweat on like he was worked just shortly before the photo. You can see his veins in his legs are up, too. His man looks like he's talking to and regarding his "friend" like we do today. Amazing
Thanks for sharing! This history/pre-law student who used to do some CW reenacting LOFFS it!!
ETA: I also love the fact the old glass plates (esp. the wet plates) are so, so, SO clear!! And the detail they show is amazing....kind of makes you wonder what's happened over the years, doesn't it?
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I'd say Walker too judging by the head and neck, looks like an old style plantation walker to me. They were chunkier in build, not so tall as the modern ones today.
BTW - went to a civil war re-enactment with my son Saturday who is a military history major in college. I was amazed at how calm the the horses were with cannons going off, mortars and lots and lots of shooting. It was a reenactment of the Battle of Manassas and the horses were TWHs. Lots of cordite smoke and loud booms, but the horses just stood as they were supposed to. Of course none were right up on the cannons, but were within 250 feet of them, and none broke battle formation and most looked slightly bored with it all. I believe the riders used ear plugs as these horses were used frequently in these types of "battles". I must say the horses did an admirable job of keeping their cool under "fire".
A friend of mine wrote an excellent book about that battle - and of the significance of horses and cavalry. It was the largest cavalry battle of the Civil War. He also leads a terrific battlefield tour - on horseback of course!