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Brown Leather Riding Boots

Leather riding boots were worn by members of the U.S. Cavalry Units during World War I. The tall shafts of these riding boots helped to protect cavalry soldiers' lower legs from debris kicked up by their horses, as well as protecting from riding impact against their horses. Horses were used during WWI for logistical support and reconnaissance, as well as for pulling equipment such as field guns, supply wagons and ambulances. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Leather riding boots were worn by members of the U.S. Cavalry Units during World War I. The tall shafts of these riding boots helped to protect cavalry soldiers' lower legs from debris kicked up by their horses, as well as protecting from riding impact against their horses. Horses were used during WWI for logistical support and reconnaissance, as well as for pulling equipment such as field guns, supply wagons and ambulances. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Leather riding boots were worn by members of the U.S. Cavalry Units during World War I. The tall shafts of these riding boots helped to protect cavalry soldiers' lower legs from debris kicked up by their horses, as well as protecting from riding impact against their horses. Horses were used during WWI for logistical support and reconnaissance, as well as for pulling equipment such as field guns, supply wagons and ambulances. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Leather riding boots were worn by members of the U.S. Cavalry Units during World War I. The tall shafts of these riding boots helped to protect cavalry soldiers' lower legs from debris kicked up by their horses, as well as protecting from riding impact against their horses. Horses were used during WWI for logistical support and reconnaissance, as well as for pulling equipment such as field guns, supply wagons and ambulances. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Note: This item is currently in storage.

Leather riding boots were worn by members of the U.S. Cavalry Units during World War I. The tall shafts of these riding boots helped to protect cavalry soldiers' lower legs from debris kicked up by their horses, as well as protecting from riding impact against their horses. Horses were used during WWI for logistical support and reconnaissance, as well as for pulling equipment such as field guns, supply wagons and ambulances. It usually required six to 12 horses to pull the heavy field guns. Horses employed during WWI were treated and honored as soldiers themselves. In Europe, there are statues and memorials honoring these horse-soldiers' war contributions, such as the memorial at St. Jude on the Hill, in Hampstead England.

Donated by Anna M. Riley.

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