The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. 
~ E.E. Cummings

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But seriously though . . .

"Lunge (longe) lessons on a safe and experienced horse
 are a great means of improving your position,
 as this is the most beneficial way to develop and
 improve a more balanced and independent seat."

~ Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg




Cartoon Text (left):

Ideally lunge lessons should be undertaken
 on a trustworthy horse and with a lunge
 person who is skilled.
With a whip!
"Ahhhhh," says the rider

World War II US Coast Guard Beach Patrol "Sand Pounders"

During World War II, the U.S. Coast Guard Beach Patrol covered more than 3,700 miles of U.S. coastline, and they employed about 24,000 men. 

Patrols on horseback worked in pairs, riding about 100 feet apart, usually covering a 2-mile stretch of shoreline.   These horse and rider patrols were called "Sand Pounders".     They were able to cover difficult  terrain quickly and efficiently.  

3,222 horses were assigned to the Coast Guard from the Army. The Army  provided all the riding gear required, while the Coast Guard provided the uniforms for the riders.

Above:  Sand Pounder on Patrol

:   Preparing for Patrol









Left:   Mounted Beach Patrol await Inspection

The seaman on the patrols consisted of polo players, cowboys, former sheriffs, horse trainers, Army Reserve cavalrymen, jockeys, farm boys, rodeo riders and stunt men!

Their job was to patrol the beaches and look for signs of Germany  submarines, spies, or anything suspicious.

Click below to view the
US Coast Guard Beach Patrol Historic Photo Gallery








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