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Copyright © Jennifer Marshall 2013, 67 x 46 cm pastel

This painting represents the very close bond that developed between most Light Horsemen and their horses. While this Light Horseman has been standing and observing with keen eye the landscape before him, his horse seeking the comfort of his closeness and gentleness of his touch, has placed her head over his shoulder and been rewarded with his gentle caress and perhaps a few soft spoken words of affection. Thus in this strange and harsh land, full of danger and fear, they are both comforted by the companionship and closeness of each other.   

For the duration of the time that Australian Light Horseman served during World War One, unless on leave or hospitalized they, of necessity spent most of that time with or in very close proximity to their horses, each depending entirely on the other.  Much time had to be spent in the care of the horses in the desert; watering, feeding, grooming and exercising with training, marching and manoeuvres. When on the move or in action the Light Horsemen often slept on the ground at their horses feet, or sometimes when totally exhausted both horse and man would fall onto the ground and sleep together. A thus a great affection, pride and trust was built up between each man and his horse. “We love our horses” said trooper Ion Idriess.  

“Constant grooming and exercising helped to keep the horses fit. There should be no mistake, in this war, in the management of horses, and the complete dependence of each horse on its owner for water, food, attention, strengthened the bond between man and horse...In the long months of desert fighting and this fighting in Palestine, there had come into being an interdependence of horse and rider quite beyond what Lord Methuen had meant when he said ... ‘As regards the Colonial Corps, the rider and horse were one.’ The men had become superb horsemasters, the care of the horses was wonderful.”

 ‘LIGHT HORSE The Story of Australia’s Mounted Troops” Elyne Mitchell ps 34, 44, 49, 67

 

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Jennifer:

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 . . .
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Dear Mr. Marshall,

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).

Your painting made my day, thank you, F McK.