17th C. Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth Military and Civilian Fashions, Weapons

Horses and Tack

Boleslav Orlicki’s Light Artillery

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Horse Tack

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Horse Tack

PolePadsaddle.jpg (6664 bytes) Polish style saddles were the eastern 'rack' type.  The hussar lancers sometimes used saddles with high rears and fronts, but relatively simple saddles, almost like modern English saddles, seemed to be the norm.  Fancy horse blankets often were made of Persian carpets or sometimes of animal skins. rambp1.jpg (13221 bytes)Rich comrades had a set of spectacular 'gala' tack and normal tack, although the normal tack could be quite fancy.   The plan is to have some items of horserrh1.jpg (25097 bytes) tack in camp. Above right is a modern 'pad' type saddle, similar to that on the winged light cavalry horse below.


The modern saddle (easily available in US as reproduction) that is closest fit is the McCellan cavalry saddle, also one type of the Universal saddle seems good.oimtack.jpg (56079 bytes)

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Sattel mit Bemalung/Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe

The final three images are fom the Book, Making of 'With Fire and Sword' (movie)


Horses selected for the artillery team would be high quality and enthusiastic, if calm and not exactly hot blooded. The mounted crew and dragoons would have lower-quality mounts, even older plow horses conscripted into service. The best mounts were for the cavalry, who generally provided their own, or were provided by their post's Comrade (their sponsor and superior). Unlike western heavy cavalry, hussars were mounted on hot-blooded animals, and at least the comrades had one or three extraordinarily valuable horses - often the most valuable things he owned.  

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