Off-Hand, Stirrup, and Saddle

Found this image over at the Reluctant Paladin.

This takes training to a whole new level. One of the first things I noticed was the loose slings. And to stand like that, trusting the horse, puts you in a position to shoot, drop back down into the saddle and ride. Having a horse that would stand completely still while you fired an 8mm Mauser over it’s head is no small part of it, either.

Not every difficult and dangerous thing is suitable for training, but only that which is conducive to success in achieving the object of our effort.
–Epictetus

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5 thoughts on “Off-Hand, Stirrup, and Saddle

  1. A shooting feat to be sure, but I can't get past them being Nazis. Although the pic is grainy at larger scale, they look to be SS no less.
    If they'd been cowboys, well that would be a different thing altogether.

  2. It's from 1935, and yes they are German. I was interested in the skill set necessary to do this. Like bow hunting bison from horseback, not a easy skill.

  3. Horses are very intelligent animals.

    When cowboys rope a calf, they rely on their horse to work as well. The horse keeps the rope tight and will give slack when needed as well.

    It doesn't sound like much, but it's really incredible. Also, check out a cutting horse sometime.

    As far as the shooters go, yes it had to have been really tough shooting like that, and it's an impressive skill, too bad they're Nazis then I could admire them more.

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