Second Life Guards

Riding School, 1830

Other ranks exercising in the indoor riding school under the guidance of the Riding Master. Their undress uniform consists of a red stable jacket, white breeches and calf length boots. On their heads is the forunner of the pillbox cap worn at an angle. They are practicing riding with one hand, as the other holds the heavy carbine. The horses are of varying colours which is puzzling because only black horses were used in the Household Cavalry except for the trumpeters and drumhorse. Musicians did not carry carbines so the men on grey horses here could not be trumpeters. The Riding Master, an officer, wears a frock coat which is dark blue with red collar and gold embroidered unfringed epaulettes.

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