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Four-Footed Comrade.
Four-Footed Comrade. 
 

Western Mail, Thursday 16 March 1933, page 2

Four-Footed Comrade.

Paying a tribute to the horse in "Modern Crusaders,'' a war book about the Light Horse in Syria and Palestine. Major W. S. Kent Hughes says they were second only to their masters in the splendid work they have done. Through heat and cold, wet and dry, sand-dunes, fertile plains, and rugged hills, have they forged steadily ahead, never once failing in their task. Often over twenty-four hours, sometimes over forty-eight, and' once even as long as sixty hours, without water, and on a forage ration of twelve pounds or less of solid grain per day, they have worked on silently and continuously throughout operations.

Many have fallen on the field of battle; many have sickened by the way and been sent to veterinary hospitals, rejoining at a later date; but those of the original drafts that are left are hardened campaigners; also as knowing as any "old soldier." Often has it been said that horses have a kind of second - almost human - nature, and certainly the statement would not appear to be without foundation, before an action, the horses know as well as their masters that there is "something doing," and in some cases have been known to remain in a heavy sweat on a bitterly cold night before a battle-due entirely to the excitement of "something in the wind."

These noble and patient animals have always had .to share equally with their masters the hardships and rigours of all campaigns and usually theirs are the more severe. Whenever mention is made of the Australian Light Horse, think not only of the brave men and the campaigns they have fought, but couple with their actions the dumb and patient devotion of their four-footed mates, since by means of them have the deeds been wrought and the successes gained.