But seriously though . . .
"Lunge (longe) lessons on a safe and
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."
Cartoon Text (left):
Ideally lunge lessons should be
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
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