CAVALRY INFORMATION
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           ​1st Division Southern Re-enactors Association      

SAFETY RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR MOUNTED CAVALRY
 
1. Horses that unruly or uncontrollable will be ordered to leave the battlefield.
 
2. Mounted cavalrymen should advance as organized units. Individuals should not be on the field, except as staff and/or unit couriers, or as part of an organized unit. All troopers will be responsible to a unit officer.
 
3. At no time will mounted cavalry units be allowed to override infantry or artillery lines. Only if the infantry makes an opening through their lines can cavalry be allowed to pass, and then only in organized columns.
 
4. Mounted cavalry should maintain at least a 15-foot interval between infantry and artillery troops, being especially careful of those simulating casualties. All activity will be
restricted to a walk and/or trot whenever working in areas where there are casualties on the ground.
 
5. When close contact fighting is allowed between opposing mounted cavalry units, or opposing mounted cavalry-infantry units, the scenario must be coordinated with the opposing unit commanders prior to the battle and observed by an official of the battle scenario. Only men participating in the prearranged activity will be allowed in the maneuver during the battle.
 
6. No mounted trooper will be made to perform any activity that they do not feel can be performed in a safe manner to themselves and/or others.
 
7. Inspection of cavalry weapons will be performed before every battle. No wadding is allowed in revolvers. Any object (material) that will burn on firing becomes a projectile and could seriously injure others.
 
8. When close contact of mounted cavalry units, no firing directly at each other will be allowed while the units are engaged.
 
NO DISCHARGE OF WEAPONS DIRECTLY AT ANOTHER
COMBATANT LESS THAN FIFTY FEET IS ALLOWED.
 
9. Only Geldings and/or Mares are permitted. No Stallions.
 
10. At all times it is important to be aware of your location and spectators. Safety being number one, do not ride close to any spectators as to endanger them because of an unexpected action of the horse.
 
11. The chain of command will be followed and all troopers are expected to follow issued orders from unit officers and/or NCOs. No one will break the host unit’s scenario.
 
12. Women shall not be precluded from participation in a Mounted Cavalry unit during a stated Battle, when a proper impression of a mounted cavalryman is made. A woman found not to have an accepted and concealed impression representing a man during a battle (war between the states) will be asked to remove herself from the Battlefield.
 
13. Coggins and/or Health papers requirement:  Coggins to be current (dated within one year) to be negative for all animals is mandatory. All mounted cavalry troopers shall carry current negative Coggins papers to any event they might attend. State (s) issued “Equine Passport” and/or 30 day health papers are accepted and may be required at some events.  Failure to present required Equine documentation or refusal to allow for the inspection of animals constitutes grounds for expulsion from the event.
 
14. NO TROOPER/CAVALRYMAN MAY TAKE THE FIELD IF HE HAS BEEN DRINKING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WITHIN 6 HOURS PRIOR TO THE BATTLE OR IF HE/SHE APPEARS INTOXICATED.
 
Note:  All above guidelines apply to Dismounted TROOPERS/CAVALRYMAN, EXCEPT WHERE A HORSE IS INVOLVED.
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