This painting is a poignant image that represents the relationship that developed between many of the Australian Light Horsemen and their faithful horses. The loyalty, respect and affection between many a trooper and hisassigned horse became legendary, and man and horse became equally reliant on each other for their continued wellbeing and survival. These strong and hardy horses known asWalers, had been bred in Australia and like the men that rode them they had developed the strong constitution that served them so well in the desert regions of Egypt, Sinai, and Palestine and Syria. They also developed a reputation for their willingness and heart – the will to keep going and not give up when conditions became extremely difficult, and even terrifyingly dangerous!
Water was a rare and precious commodity in the desert, and each man’s day’s rations were very often contained in his 1 quart water-bottle. In the searing temperatures and baking sun of the desert, it was scant supply indeed. A patrol in the desert, required the trooper to take all his food rations and water supply with him, however he could only take meagre food rations but no water for the horse that carried him. A horse could go 2-3 days before requiring water, but without that water both man and horse would die of dehydration, and heat exhaustion. Many a light horseman would on occasion share his scant water supply with his horse - it could only be a token amount at best, a symbol of his compassion for his horse; for the horse would have required a great deal more and the trooper needed every precious drop himself. Prolonged insufficient water under these conditions was the cause of kidney failure in many a man and horse.
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I picked up the print today from our nosy small town postal worker. "What did you get from Australia?" she asked. When I remarked that it was a print of the Australian Light Horse in WWI all that generated was a very puzzled look. In any event the print is absolutely gorgeous . . . better "in person" than on the website!Thanks so much for sending it out so fast. Now I've got to make some wall space available . . . Mike
Your print on canvas "The Charge" was given to me at my retirement dinner by my officers of the Special Operations Component, Coral Springs Police Department in Coral Springs, Florida. Trully stunning rendition which captures the excitement of the moment while conveying a warmth of comeradeship to the end. It will hang in my study above my collection of King and Country Lighthorsemen collectibles.
I served 35 years with Coral Springs Police Department with the last four years as Captain of the S.O.C. which is 26 officers strong with various units (Tactical & Gang, K-9, Bikes and Substations).