Riding Practice

April 12, 1916 saw the 48th Battery in a leafless High Park, engaged in riding drill. John Boyd took photographs:

1916 04 12 48th riding.JPG

Impossible to tell if Percy’s face is under one of those caps.

In his captions, Boyd comments on the drill: “Riding exercises cover not only proficient horsemanship, but the ability to select a route that renders the body inconspicuous. The men are shewn how a detour thro’ a valley is invariably preferable to a short cut over the hills.
1916 04 12 48th riding 2
“The photos shewn [left and below] illustrate  how it should…

 

 

 

…and should not be done.”1916 04 12 48th riding 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

The images and the descriptions are from John Boyd’s First World War Photographs, City of Toronto Archives. Emphasis added.

Copyright 2016. See “More about this project.”
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