Horse Furniture
Standard remount issue furniture with a 12th Lancer O/R Shabraque of blue and edged with two bands of yellow lace.

An LY Officer's Charger in 1939.

LY Officers Horse Furniture c1939

LY Bridle Boss c1920 onwards

Drum horse Headband

Cavalry Training: A "Yeomanry" Regiment still mounted in the old style c1930's.

Leicestershire (PAO) Yeomanry
Regimental Standing Orders 1928
Appendix IX.
I. Service Dress
Page 74

A. Obligatory
Detail of Uniform to be worn by officers:-
Saddlery :- A complete set of Officers' Saddlery will be issued to each Officer. The following additional articles are required :-
Jowl plume, white, with plain plated boss. Regimental bridle bosses, obtainable from the Regimental Saddler-Staff Sergeant, to whom must be sent one pair of bronze collar badges.

Appendix XI
Drill Order Mounted
Page 76
Officers :- Service Dress; issued Saddlery, without wallets; jowl plume, except on tactical work; shoe case empty; sword on the saddle.
Other Ranks :- Service dress, issued Saddlery; rifle and sword on the saddle; saddle otherwise stripped; shoe case empty.

Church Parade Order Mounted
Page 76

All ranks :- As for drill order, mounted, but with medals, and without rifle.

Marching Order
Page 77-8
(The detail is given in terms of other ranks, and Officers will conform.)
On the horse
Blankets :- Under the saddle.
Cloak :- Rolled 32 inches in length, place on the front arch of the saddle.
Waterproof sheet :- Rolled as the cloak, and placed on the top of the cloak so that the buckles of the straps lie midway between the top of the cloak and the front arch of the saddle, with tongues and buckles downward.
Mess Tin :- Strapped on to the rifle bucket, holes of the tin uppermost.
Water bucket :- Placed over the rifle bucket.
Straps, SPP :- On the shoe case strap, near side.
Pegs, 2 :- Loops placed over the scabbard, and the pegs hung down the side of the scabbard.
Hay net :- Placed on top of the pegs, so that the pegs and the hay net are secured round the scabbard by the strap SPP.
Nose bag :- Strap to pass through the "D" of the rear fan of the saddle, through the centre "D" of the rear arch of the saddle, and fastened so that the bag lies in front of the sword.
Head rope :- Through the lower ring of the back strap of the head collar, and knotted round the neck with four and a half coils.
Built up rope :- Placed over the horse's neck, with the ring on the off side.
Heel shackle :- The strap through both rings of the head collar, and coiled on to the ring of the built up rope.
Grooming kit :- In the nose bag.

On the man
Water bottle :- With strap over left shoulder, the bottle under the right arm, and hung up to the right shoulder.
Haversack :- Over right shoulder, under left arm , the bottom edge of the haversack being in line with the button of the bottom pocket of the SD jacket.
Bandolier :- Over the left shoulder.
Field glasses (those to whom issued) :- Over the left shoulder, and under the bandolier.
Revolver (those to whom issued) :- on the left side, with the lanyard round the neck.
Revolver pouch (those to whom issued) :- On the right side.
Steel helmets will be worn.

WW1 British Cavalry Troop in the "Charge" c1914

WW1 standard saddle kit.

Major Burkitt (MO) c1914.

Military Universal steel arch pattern.

Staff, Yeomanry and Colonial Pattern saddle of c.1904, with the rifle bucket introduced in 1884.

"Colonels Prize for Best Turnout", Tpr A E Baker on "Mayflower" c1913.
You can clearly see the "Yeomanry" Pattern Saddle and bridle as see above.

Brass Field Bridle Boss c1910
The White Metal Bridle Boss is the Yeomanry Cavalry pattern and the brass pattern is Regular Cavalry.

Major The Hon P C Evans-Freke and his grey Charger "The Baron", c1910.
1902 Pattern Port mouth bit.
Pommel Wallets O/R Pickett Post & Nose bag

Neck rope c1900

Pickett Chain WW1

LY Officers Mounts, note the brass field boss's, the white throat plumes with brass onion and the brass "stirrup Slips" (possibly engraved "LYC") c1913.

Captain The Hon P C Evans-Freke's grey Charger "The Baron" in 1904.

Yeomanry Training: The final charge on the Boer position in the Military Tournament at Hightown Camp.

Yeomanry Recruits at Riding Drill Hall Knightsbridge Barracks, 1900.

A Trooper of the Imperial Yeomanry, 2nd Boer War.

LYC Field Officer c1897 in review order, showing the white throat plume, neck rope, LYCPAO bridle bosses, LYCPAO breast plate boss, brass stirrup slips and Hussar stirrups.

LYC Victorian Silver Bridle Boss c1860 onwards. This also appears to have been worn on the officers charger's breastplate. (see the top picture of the LYC Field Officer).

As Hussars, the Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry were entitled to wear a black Lamb/sheepskin shabraque escalloped in the regimental facing colour from 1873 to 1900. This was also worn when the LYC were Light Dragoons without the escalloped edge. In 1885 on inspection by the Duke of Cambridge, this item is not worn in review order.

Yeomanry Hussars were also entitled to wear leopard skin shabraques (two forms shown above), however, only a few Yeomanry regiments would afford the expense. If the Leicestershire Yeomanry ever did wear this as part of their furniture then it would have been on rare occasions and probably borrowed from another Yeomanry.

This is an artist impression of a PAOLYC "Field" officer in full Hussar turnout.  This is just a speculative Horse furniture based on Hussars c1870. In reality the LYC wore a very modest horse furniture compared to the Yorkshire or the Gloucestershire Hussars for example. The LYC did not wear a Pelisse, they wore a half cloak that was a part of their "Light Dragoon" uniform prior to becoming Hussars (also the black sheep skin saddle cover).

O/R Bit c1911

Victorian Curb Bit (Senior Officer)

A Troop in drill order c1895.

mid Victorian Curb Bit (Other Ranks)
Victorian review order throat plume holder c1900 Brass onion throat plume holder

Hussar Saddle c1890

Examples of "Stirrup Slips" from the 5th Dragoon Guards and 20th Hussars.

Above are examples of Yeomanry Stirrup Slips. LYC examples have yet to surface and if there are examples they will more than likely be engraved "LYC".

Hussar Stirrups and Lance bucket Hussar Stirrup.

Lance bucket.

Victorian breastplate & Crupper with cypher close up.

LYC Trooper c1890

List of Saddlery issued to Yeoman 1899
1 Saddle tree with flaps and tabs
1 Girth
1 Pair panels
1 Pair Wallets
1 Pair wallet straps
1 Centre cloak strap
1 Pair Stirrup leathers and runners
1 Pair stirrup irons
1 Surcingle
1 Sword frog
1 Carbine bucket
1 Bridle, curb head, stall and reins
1 Bridoon, with reins
1 Head collar
1 Head rope
1 Breast plate and strap

These badges are paired, one with "LYC" and one with the Troop letter and number allocated to the individual Yeoman. Each badge would fit either end of the valise bag just behind the saddle. How long this practise lasted for is unknown but its more than likely that by the end of the 1880s they were no longer used. The badges are white metal and have individual letter and numbers fixed to the basic plate by wire prongs. The "LYC" badge is all in one and most likely worn on the off side of the saddle valise bag.
(Many thanks to Steven Bosley,

Above is a representation of a c1850 pattern Cavalry valise with the superimposed image of the "LYC" valise badge placed in its position, obviously the numbered badge would be at the other end. The QM would have these bags stacked up in the stores with the numbered end facing him and he would simply collect the Troop allocated numbered bag (containing his effects) for the individual Yeoman on request.

The painting may be viewed at Leicester Museums & Galleries collections,

New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk


Leicestershire Yeomanry Quarter Master in 1841. As you can see from the painting, all the leather is black apart from the saddle. The shabraque is a black lambskin or sheepskin covering the saddle bags (front) and over the saddle then tucked under the rear saddle role. The surcingle is yellow and red striped in the same way that the waist belt of the uniform is striped, its not clear in these pictures but viewing the painting confirms this. There is no badge on the breastplate and a crupper is worn. The bit is standard for the period and there appears to be no other ornaments on the bridle.

A decorated bridle head band, black sheep skin seat cover with what appears to be an ornamented Shabraque.

Horses and Saddlery
Published 1965 by J A Allen & Company
Major G Tylden
The Yeomanry
Pages 162-3

As every formation of Yeomanry, whatever the strength might be, was to all intents and purposes a law unto itself as to what uniform and equipment was to be used, it is not easy to say what Saddlery any one unit had. By the end of the nineteenth century U.P. Saddles were drawn from Ordnance, the type varying with state of the saddles in store. The annual camp, not always held, and few days drill in the year did not lead to undue wear and tear, so Saddlery would last a Yeomanry unit considerably longer than the Regular one.

There is extant a list of 24 units in existence in 1850 who made returns of Saddlery in use. certainly up to about 1890, and in some cases later, many men rode their hunting saddles, called "Plain Saddles", irrespective of the type selected by their unit.

In 1850 the Derbyshire and West Somerset units had these saddles, presumably used by all ranks. In many cases the officers had different saddles to the men.

Three units, Ayrshire, Cambridgeshire and Cheshire, had Heavy Dragoon patterns, as had the Long Melford Lancers of Suffolk. The Ayrshire men had the old pattern, probably that of 1796.

The Light Cavalry patterns were popular and were called "Hussar", "Light Dragoon", or "Cossack" saddles. As one regiment , the 1st West Yorkshire, had "the old Light Dragoon saddle", the three names presumably refer to the post 1816 loose pilch seat Hussar pattern, as used by Regular Light cavalry to 1855. The Staffordshire unit had black saddles for the officers and brown for the men.

The North Devon has saddles as for the 14th Light Dragoons, but with panels instaed of blankets, and an illustration shows the Royal 1st Devon in 1840 with an officer using an Hussar saddle with a lambskin and no shabraque. After 1855 the U.P. wood arch saddle was used when available. Thus the Gloucestershire Hussars were issued with 200 in 1881 and in 1885 the Berkshire regiment had round cantle saddles, possibly an experimental issue of the 1844 pattern, which had been on trial for some time.

Faced with the problem of providing some 10,000 sets of Saddlery for the Imperial Yeomanry companies raised in 1899 for the South African War, the civilian Committee, which was responsible for all equipment and uniforms, nut not arms, had to take what ever was available. There was an attempt to get saddles made by the firms who supplied civilian types, but this proved impossible; for one thing the price would have prohibitive, and the result was that any types available were got together and issued. these varied from the U.P. wood arch saddle to the Colonial type, and included R.A. drivers' saddles, known as "Artillery" saddles and liked. By 1901 many of the units had the Colonial saddle, which stoop up well to the rough work and, as by this time as little as possible was carried on the saddle, they proved amply strong enough. With a big surplus of these saddles on hand they were issued to the Imperial Yeomanry in great Britain in 1902, the manufacturers making a slightly lighter pattern for other ranks than the officers' pattern. By 1916 the Yeomanry, no longer "Imperial", but part of the Territorial Force, were receiving the U.P. steel arch saddle.

Here is an officers charger of The Queen's Royal Hussars on parade in full review kit in 2007.