One Million Horses died in War

Ever wonder about horses in battle? Did you know there were no horses used during the French and Indian War?

In the Revolutionary War horses were used but did you know that the total number of horses and mules killed in the Civil War was more than one million! At the battle of Gettysburg alone around 1,500 died.

During WWI, “The value of horses, and the increasing difficulty of replacing them, was such that by 1917 some troops were told that the loss of a horse was of greater tactical concern than the loss of a human soldier.”

On a lighter note, today is not only the 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, but it is also my little mini’s birthday. She is aptly named….Independence, but we call her Indy.

French and Indian War Facts, Cival War facts, WWI facts

7 Comments

  1. Byron Edgecomb on July 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    thank you very much fr the awsome article. Since I was in tha 1st.Calvery while serving in Viet Nam. No we ddid not use horses but it was that service that first sparked my intrest in horses. I am still very involved with my friends from that time and have forwarded this to many of my friends. Hope they enjoy it as much as I have.

    • Stacy on July 10, 2013 at 8:07 am

      Really! I didn’t know that is where your interest came from!

  2. Beth kane on July 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Crazy! Interesting fact,it is hard to understand why the most beautiful gift of God is seen as only a disposable piece of equipment! Thank You for teaching and sharing the this gift with love and respect.

  3. Paige macfarland on July 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Great and interesting info. Thanks for shating

  4. Thomas C. Schmidt on July 4, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Dear Stacy, Hi! How are you? I haven’t met you yet but I did see the video of you riding without a bridle and that said you were blind. Glad you aren’t blind and glad that you ride so well and can train so effectively and humanely. My army experience has made me want peace. In response to the movie War Horse I started a business/non-profit called PeaceHorse, an international interdisciplinary school of horsemanship for 100 people in Montana in the summer. I seek 50 Americans and 50 foreigners, each sponsored by some corporation. My preliminary budget allows $1000 per week per student. I have thought that college student riders would be the best target market because they are reachable affordably and they would have time in the summer. Please check out my website http://www.PeaceH orse.org. If you have an interest in participating somehow, please let me know. Do you think that interdisciplinary riding helps the rider be better at his or her own discipline? Keep up the good work. Sincerely, Tom Schmidt Director and Founder PeaceHorse Whitefish, MT 406-261-1794 Tom Schmidt@Bresnan.net

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  5. Pat Grochowina on July 4, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Happy Birthday Indy!!!! It was great meeting you and your mates. Happy 4th of July to all of you Enjoy your day.

    Sent from my iPhone

  6. irisvillagegirl on July 4, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Happy Birthday Indy!

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