"Horse cavalry" covers military or police units, employing cavaliers mounted on horses. These cavaliers may operate from the saddle; they may also use horses only for transportation to and from a site of an engagement, and dismount to operate independently of their horses. Horse cavalry has existed for thousands of years, and indeed is one of the hallmarks of civilization. Although the 20th century saw a sharp decline in the military application of horse cavalry, such units have seen something of a resurgence in theatres such as Afghanistan and sub-Saharan Africa.
IMSC World Cavalry Competitions
International Military Sports Council site on equestrian cavalry skills competitions between serving soldiers.
Stirrup Thesis in China
Silkroad Foundation article on the effect of horse cavalry on Chinese history.
Stirrup Thesis in Europe
Jesuit University article on the effect of horse cavalry on European history and the emergence of feudalism.
US 1907 Saber Exercises
Scans of the original American army cavalry saber drill, for mounted and dragoon combat, written by George Patton.
US Cavalry Association
A non-profit organization for the study and perpetuation of the traditions of the American cavalry, modern and historic. Hosts the annual National Cavalry Challenge.
Open encyclopaedia article on the history and evolution of mounted warfare.
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