Section A - General Rules and Regulations
1. The authenticity, style, and type of horse equipment
used will be the decision of each Company Commander
and his Unit. The condition and serviceability
of such equipment will be under the jurisdiction
of the Mounted Safety Officer, who will be known
as the "Chief of Mounts", or his designee.
2. Each Company Commander, or senior Company member,
will perform an equipment safety check on each
mounted member of his Unit prior to 10:00 AM, Sunday
morning, on Ft. Tejon CWP weekends.
3. The Company Commander, or senior Company member,
will perform the same inspection prior to any activity
at which his Unit will participate mounted. (i.e.
parades, back countries, displays, etc.)
4. The purpose of the inspection will be to insure
that each horse is properly saddled and that all
tack is in serviceable condition and properly adjusted,
and that both horse and rider are ready and capable
of safely participating in the planned activity.
5. Unserviceable or questionable equipment will be
repaired or replaced before the person is allowed
to take part in the event.
6. The Mounted Safety officer will confer with the
Unit Commander(s) concerning any problems and will
conduct inspections and spot checks as he feels
7. Any disagreement will be settled by the CWP Director,
however, the Safety Officer's decision will stand
until the situation has been corrected or his decision
over-turned by the CWP Director.
8. Each mounted cavalryman and his horse will be
considered a team. Both, together, must take and
pass a mounted safety course before taking part in
any FTHA CWP event. The mounted safety course must
be taken each year at a minimum, and the rider certified
on his membership card by the Chief of Mounts.
9. There will be no rental horses allowed at FTHA
sponsored events. With written approval from the
FTHA Board of Directors, rental horses may be used
at backcountries, encampments, and re-enactments.
10. Mounted Units will leave/not take the field (at
Ft. Tejon) once the dismounted troops have been
deployed. A single mounted courier may be used
behind the lines.
11. Mounted troops will maintain a minimum safety
distance of thirty (30) feet from the spectators/safety
12. Any member who owns more than one horse may loan
their extra horse(s) to another member, however,
both the horse and rider must pass the mounted
safety course together.
13. An FTHA CWP Mounted Safety Card will be maintained
by the Chief of Mounts for each horse and rider,
as a team. Any change in the composition of that
team will require a new test and card, showing
the make-up of the new team.
14. Mounted safety infractions will be noted on the
back of the Mounted Safety Card. Three (3) infractions,
within one (1) year of issue date, will cause the
team to be denied access to further events until
their training has been reviewed with the rider,
Company Commander, Chief of Mounts and the CWP
15. Any serious safety infraction will require the
immediate removal of the mounted team from the
16. A serious mounted safety infraction may be noted
by anyone, mounted or on foot, and a "Cease
Fire" called if necessary.
17. Anyone found drinking alcohol after 10:00 PM
on Saturday night of a Ft. Tejon weekend will not
be allowed on the field mounted on Sunday. Anyone
found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
on Sunday morning will be refused access to the
Section B - Inspections
1. Safety inspections will be looking for, but not
limited to, the following:
a) Worn or damaged leather
b) Dryrot, cracked or split leather
c) New leather which has not been properly oiled
d) Old leather which has not been kept properly oiled
e) Worn cinches
f) Particular attention will be given to stirrup,
girth, and quarter straps
g) Although not mandatory, it is strongly recommended
that every man use a sursingle when mounted at any
h) Bridles and halters in good serviceable condition
i) A lead strap or rope attached to the halter and
the free end tied around the horse's neck or to the
left front saddle ring
a) Each horse will be inspected for soundness or
obvious sickness and
injury. Horses with open cuts, bad feet (including
overdue trimming or
shoeing), saddle sores or infections may be removed
from the picket line
and denied use in the event. Whenever possible, these
problems will be
corrected and the horse returned to service.
b) Horses will be kept on Company (or larger) picket
lines when not in use.
The Company(s) will provide a picket line guard(s)
during the hours of
darkness or when necessary to keep the public from
entering the picket
line during the daytime. Any horse that cannot get
along with the rest
of the herd will be removed from the picket line
and his owner will be
responsible for his security at an alternate site.
c) Only geldings and mares will be used
d) To prepare any horse for the unusual situations
that are found at a
typical FM function, it is suggested that each rider/unit
their horse(s) using "Cooke's Cavalry Tactics",
ca. 1862, Article VII.
Section C - Cavalry Weapons
The mounted troops are bound by the same rules and
safety standards in regard to weapon safety as the
rest of the FTHA CWP. The following rules are in
addition to the current FTHA CWP safety rules. These
rules are in effect when mounted.
a) The pistol will be drawn only upon command of
the Unit Commander.
b) When fired to the front while mounted, the muzzle
will be elevated above the horse's head so as not
to cause harm to the horse or his hearing.
c) Pistols may be fired to the flanks and rear in
a more realistic/aimed manner; so long as safe distances
still prevail. The horse covers distance much faster
than a person on foot. Therefore, great care must
be exercised to insure that an action started at
a safe distance still exists before weapons are fired.
d) Once the pistol is drawn, from the holster, it
will be held in the raised/ready position, muzzle
up and right hand at shoulder level, until just before
e) The hammer will not be cocked until the pistol
is brought to bear and fixed. Pistols may not be
re-loaded while mounted.
a) The carbine will be kept on the saddle and not
attached to the carbine
sling while mounted during battles. Mounted troops
may use a device of
their choosing to secure the carbine to the saddle,
but all methods
must be approved by the Chief of Mounts. Several
1) The use of a carbine boot that supports the carbine
2) A metal snap link or hook that would connect the
ring with the saddle, and used in conjunction with
NOTE: Tie down affairs using leather thongs or cords
will not be
3) These boots or link/hooks should be removed for
displays and demonstrations. At these times, the
carbine may be
attached to the carbine sling.
b) Once drawn from the thimble or boot, the carbine
will be kept pointing muzzle up, with the butt resting
on the right leg, until ready to fire. The same precautions
exist as were noted with the pistol.
c) When re-loading, the carbine will be held in the
left hand at the fore stock, muzzle pointing slightly
forward and downward.
d) The hammer will be placed in the half-cock position
during loading and until ready to fire.
e) Should the carbine be returned to the boot/thimble
while loaded, the primer will be removed before the
carbine is returned.
a) The sabre may be worn on the field while mounted
and during battles.
b) The sabre may not be withdrawn from the scabbard
for any reason during battles. To do so will require
an immediate "Cease Fire" to be called
and the offending party removed from the field.
c) The sabre may be used for public displays and
pre-planned programs. These programs must be pre-planned,
well rehearsed by the actual performers, and reviewed
and approved by the Chief of Mounts and the CWP Director.
d) Cuts, slashes, parries, etc., may be shown using
a combination of mounted and foot assistants, as
long as both the demonstrator and assistant are stationary.
e) If for any reason the horse becomes jumpy or hard
to handle, the demonstration will be stopped until
a substitute is brought in, or the program will proceed
to the next event.