Again it depends on what period you want to represent. Those legging puttees you mentioned were not used during WW2.
Victor is right, putting on the leggings is worse.
Also rare they shot the rifle while mounted.
Here is the other impression of the 26th but a different time period 1923-1926. Canvas leggings with inside leather lining. Shirt is 3 button, saddle 1904 and not the 1928 model, rifle scabarrd for 1903 springfield not the M1 Garand and saber, no saber used during WW2.
A wise comment for you concerning a 26th Cavalryman, no complaining and no excuse's. If you want to be a 26th Cavalryman suck it up and use what they did.
I am 58 and can still put those boots on and get on my horse.
That is a fine horse Sir Rudy. Pre-WWII pictures of cavalry horses are a stark contrast to what the Filipinos had during the revolution. Well, there was no cavalry then I guess. Only horses for hauling coconuts. I wonder what breed is prescribed for the cavalry. A 1923-26 period cavalry is more complicated but very impressive. Pardon me veevee for this additional comment and query.
Ah the horse? Now we are in a whole different section. Equipment like you said is complicated, but that is a money matter. If you have it you can buy it.
But a horse, if you have money and a good horse is not around, it means nothing.
Horse's came from all over the USA, what they looked for was all kinds of stuff. Head, mouth, hoofs, legs, back, height and weight.
The weight of a soldier with equipment should be around 250 or a third of the weight of the horse. Best height for a horseman 5-3---5-6>>> 135-150 in weight. Filipino's were perfect.
If you ever see a brand on the horse which is located on the left side of the neck 2 inches from the mane it will tell you where it came from. Example of the horse Mike of Captain Felipe Fernandez 26th cavalry E Troop> OR22= Oklahoma ranch 22 and his was a Mustang.
It was more the correct physical attributes that the Army was looking for than breeds.
Keep on writing, VEEVEE won't care. Maybe move to another topic area.
Bulikiti, if you are serious about riding... they have more horses than riders at Clark/Fort Stotsenberg. They have the El Kabayo stables there. These are not the "Tagaytay" or the kalesa ponies. These are the big ones like in the cavalry. Get in touch with Guy Hilbero, he's running the newly established 26th Cavalry Memorial Regiment in Clark.
Vee Vee, I'll try to make that trip to Clark. I had a chance to ride my own horse when I was still visiting my Uncle's farm during the summers in my elementary years. I never got to do it again because of the deteriorating peace in order in the countryside at that time.
Actually I take it back... El Kabayo stables I think is in Subic area, not Clark. But the 26th Cav memorial regiment is at Fort Stotsenberg/Clark.
Where's your uncle's farm?
You are not mistaken Veevee. There is an El Kabayo Stables ( and Restaurant combined ) at Clark. This I found out 2 weeks ago during my trip looking for the 26th Cavalry Memorial and the Fort Stotsenberg Park. They teach some riding lessons "daw", but maintains only 3 horses that seem to have seen better days. Check out the thread on the Fort Stotsenberg Pics.
My uncle's farm is in Albay but we don't go there anymore because of security concerns.