It will be noted that the men have dismounted in order that their horses may drink as comfortably as possible. Attention to little points like this counts for a great deal in a long march. The officer who knows his business insists upon his men giving their mounts every possible consideration. A distinguished British General at the time of the South African War declared: "I have found the Australians splendid horsemen but indifferent horse-masters." The care of the horse however, recognised in Australian military circles is a much more important matter than it was in those days, and the charge of being poor horse-masters will not hold good against the Australians in the present campaign.