(Left) Weston Super Mare, SK: at this muster Parliamentary cavalry temporarily changed sides to thicken up Prince Rupert's ranks for a pre-battle cameo. SK Royalist cavalry wear blue doublets and red sashes; not all wear back-and-breast armour, or helmets, and the latter vary - this example is a quite ornate fluted Continental zischagge style. Parliamentarian horse wear buff coats, cuirasses, helmets and orange sashes. Many of them also have saddle covers made in Civil War style,as here; these cost about £30. Prince Rupert's mostly use quilted saddle cloths, which look acceptable at a distance. The difficulty of obtaining authentic-looking tack has already been mentioned; but the SK Master of Horse discourages such modern-looking items as nylon girths, numnahs and sheepskin nosebands.

(Right) Weston Super Mare, SK: a husband and wife, both riders with the Parliamentarian cavalrv. preparing in the horse lines tor a pre-battle cameo in which horse of both armies combined. After a demonstration of dragoon tactics they made a massed charge into "dead ground" against an imaginary enemy out of the crowd's line of sight. The fancy green velvet cap may cover a hard hat of some kind, compulsory by SK Board of Safety regulations. Royalists may wear a metal "secrete" under a felt hat. or a riding cap inside a Montero. Up to a third of Sealed Knot cavalry are women.

m reflecting the greater numbers of horsewomen than men in this country; many are long-serving members, and fight in battle re-enactments with equal determination to their male comrades.


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