At the command PREPARE TO DISMOUNT TO FIGHT ON FOOT, every fourth trooper becomes a horse holder. When the other troopers grab their rifles and dismount they hand the reins of their mounts to the horseholder as he rides by. The dismounted troopers form a skirmish line while the horse holders go to the rear. The horse holder has to control his own mount and three others while the dismounted action takes place.
To: Cannoneer No. 4
Knew an old retired E-7 at Ft. Sill who had been a horse holder. Job was usually given to green kids or old semi-disabled privates. Those were days when men served 30 years and retured as Coroprals and Captains.
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