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THE AIM OF THE REMOUNT SERVICE 1921



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THE AIM OF THE REMOUNT SERVICE 1921

THE CAVALRY JOURNAL

Volume XXX, July 1921, Number 124

THE AIM OF THE REMOUNT SERVICE 1921

By A.A. Cederwald
(Secretary American Remount Association

Picture the march past of animals of an Army division – smart cavalry mounts, trained artillery horses, persistent mules tugging heavy loads – and you visualize the chief aim of the Remount Service – the supply of fit animals for the Army. Other problems confront remount officers – the care and feeding of animals, their housing in peace and war, the training of men in horse mastership – but the main problem will always be that of supply. And of the supply problem, the element, which today looks largest, is that of obtaining horses for the cavalry. Cavalry mounts are at this moment, and doubtless will be for many years to come, the principal concern of the Remount Service. Scarcity of riding horses answering to the exacting requirements of modern military service has forced the question of cavalry mounts to the front as a vital problem of Army supply. For more than twenty years it has been obvious to those officers who have given serious thought to the matter that the Army would eventually find it imperative to take an active part in production, or at any rate in the encouragement of production, if the supply of riding animals of required quality was to keep pace with the needs of the military service. The type of animal desired, displaying quality, speed, and endurance, is not now available for procurement in sufficient numbers. As frequently is the case, the problem of problem of procurement is largely a problem of production.

With the prime necessity of increasing production in mind, the Remount Service this year has adopted the first national policy for the encouragement of breeding horses for the Army. The central idea of this policy is very simple. It is that of placing Government stallions capable of reproducing the desired type of riding horses within the reach of farmers and breeders willing to raise such horses. No elaborate machinery of organization is required to do this, no large expenditure of money, the major item of expense, in fact, being the purchase of stallions, their maintenance during breeding season, and their shipment from winter quarters to breeding centers and back when the season is over. Over sixty stallions, of many breeds, have been donated to the Government to be employed in this work, and nearly one hundred have been purchased, some for a merely nominal price; so that over one hundred and fifty stallions are in service for the 1921 breeding season, at a conservatively estimated value of over one-half million dollars.

Of course, it will require time to reach anything like “quantity production” in horse breeding, and the cavalry must patiently await results. In terms of industrial output, horse production is a matters of years; the product is difficult to standardize, and a large proportion thereof disappointingly unfit; but that the steps now taken by the Remount Service to increase production of the general utility type of horse, suitable for riding or driving, will be a success is assured by the fact that never in the history of the country have civilian horsemen everywhere displayed so keen an interest in the efforts of the Army in this respect. They have given freely of their time, money, and experience to assist the Government in every way. Indeed, without their backing and encouragement, especially of organizations of horsemen such as the American Remount Association, the Horse Association of America, and other similar bodies, the Army breeding project could hardly have been launched with such assurance of accomplishment as now seems to attend it. So far as the American Remount Association is concerned, it stands squarely behind the Remount Service in all of its efforts to produce a suitable type of cavalry horse; it was organized for just that purpose; it has no selfish objects to serve; it has dedicated itself wholeheartedly to serving the Army in every way possible, and is therefore entitled, in return, to receive a generous measure of support from the Army itself. While the preponderance of the membership is now, and probably by force of circumstances always will be, civilian, the management of the Association has hopes that as individual officers of the Army realize the good work that the Association is doing for the Army, they will feel it their duty, in their own interest, to affiliate therewith. Certainly officers of the mounted branches, who will profit most from the efforts of the Association, should join it to the man, and thus demonstrate to the civilian membership that, while ready to accept assistances from outside sources, the Army is yet willing to help itself as occasion arises.

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