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Equestrian Survival For Bugging Out, Recon, Rescue, Projection of Force, or Hunting- Part 1, by R.M.

By SurvivalBlog Contributor |

Assess Your Horse’s Capabilities and Temperament

We all love to think of our horses as part of the family. Some might love their horses. Let me begin by saying that before you do an overnight or longer trip away from all the comforts of home, you need to honestly assess your horse’s capabilities and temperament. Temperament is key here. I am careful to choose the horse for the job. I prefer traveling far with my dog as well. He is a great scout, level headed, and loves to ride. He often hunts for himself, but I always bring food for him. Mind you, once horse and dog are out for four or five hours, their temperament smooths.

I have made my horse aware of the terrain. He can surf down a steep mountain trail with loose scree or find his way home five hours out, through thick forest on his own, while I relax in the saddle. Trained in the Colorado and California mountains and holding his own in the hunt lands of Virginia, he can practically walk over a four foot fence, loves the hunt, stays placidly tied at the range, and he’s a good old boy, who loves to travel.

I also practice martial arts on horse and need to give him a half hour ride to smooth out before a fight, and he loves to tussle. I realized that much of my experiences through the years might serve some or just be an interesting read, so I thought I’d share them.

As you can see, a horse is not a pet; he is a companion. I feel the same way about my dog. I’ve only taken him to shutzhund level 2 (look to Helmut Raiser. I don’t know if we’ll ever make it to level 3. It’s a united effort; we both have to learn how to train, and we’ve learned a lot already. He has a good bite, won’t let go of the sleeve until told, is not afraid of the stick or punches. He’s okay in a fight, loves kids and to play, and is an excellent tracker. He has that concentrated stare that makes a person back off. The goal, of course, is not to fight. My horse is used to Fritz (my Alsatian breed dog) being in the saddle. He shares the saddle with me when he tires, and Cloud (a big 16 1/2 hand Appy) doesn’t mind a bit. Fritz has been a regular at the range. Gunfire is a normal occurrence to him.

Cloud has been around the same noise and is more bothered by critters in the woods.They are both reliable troopers. He’s kept a cool head around rattlers and was unbothered by a 4′ tall owl in a tree not 12′ away. When a wild boar broke into the corral, it was pandemonium. There were four horses on about the same acreage. it seems the other horses freaked out. Cloud had a hoof print on his hind, but he seemed to keep a cool head. Now he’s always on an 18-acre pasture, where there is plenty of room to move and no incidents. Fritz has his own copse of trees/bushes where he brings deer he catches right next to the 18-acre pasture. I never have to buy bones for him to gnaw on.

Though endurance riders like smaller horses, I prefer a larger horse, which has no problem carrying gear, supplies, weapons and ammo, my dog, and myself. It adds up. The point being, know what your horse is capable of. Flash (a mustang) is a better jouster and is good around gun reports, but he can’t handle as much weight. Fighting sword to sword and wrestling doesn’t bother either horse, but these days it’s hard to find anyone who knows how to do those things. (Julia Thut of the international mounted combat alliance has some good youtube videos.) The best partner I had for that moved to Arizona, but I can still find some friends for jousting. Both horses are trained in dressage. (You can’t use a sword on horse well without it) They are also elegant and sophisticated in their skills. People are amazed that western horses can do what they do. I get more offers for them than I can count. For bugging out, reliability and temperament are what you are in need of most, as well as the ability to carry the load you pose them with.

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  1. There is no doubt that the utilitarian aspect of horses can be tactically leveraged. I don’t want to come across as downplaying the info in this article.

    Lately, it seems that many Oathkeepers articles are lacking something. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it seems that something is missing.

    I’ll also quickly address something that I consider to be dangerous: On this oathkeepers site, there seems to be an overwhelming support of President Trump, without much justification. I truly want to see a successful Trump presidency, but will be looking at his actions with the same scrutiny as I would any president. So far, I have seen the Trump administration do little for the 4th amendment, which is as of today, on life support, and in a coma.

    There was an article about how a sex worker had been “chipped”. This article had no confirmed direct sourcing, only anonymous allegations. An anonymous woman, who was at an anonymous hospital, who saw an anonymous doctor, had an anonymous chip, with an anonymous read/charge frequency, from an anonymous manufacturer, removed. Chips have mfg. numbers, specific frequencies, and can store information that can be recalled. None of this was mentioned. It was simple RFID scare porn, and frankly below what I had come to expect from Oathkeepers.

    With all the dirt thrown on Democrats, why not do an article on a good Democrat? How about start with a tribute to Larry McDonald or James Trafficant? Why not show Democrats whom may look at this site, that the party has indeed had patriots? For a non partisan organization, it does seem that there is a lot of liberal and Democrat bashing. There have been good Democrats, and perhaps showing the good may be more effective in fortifying an educational effort.

    Water fluoridation is an egregious assault on the health of Americans, as well as the single largest case of medical malpractice in the history of medicine. Antique boxes of rat poison clearly show sodium fluoride as the main ingredient. Many tubes of toothpaste have a clearly stated warning on them, stating that if it’s swallowed, to call poison control. An average American 8oz glass of tap water contains enough fluoride to warrant a call to poison control. Even if one were to play devil’s advocate, and say fluoride is a good medicine, you still have a problem. In order to safely administer medicine, you must regulate the dosage, and by adding it to our public water, the dosage can not be regulated. Also, since fluoridation isn’t free, it seems silly to water your garden and lawn with it. Does your fescue have cavities?

    Many people have smartphones, which have the ability to record and transmit audio and video. Laptops, smart TVs, even smart lightbulbs can potentially be used for potentially unconstitutional purposes. Perhaps an article, or video, with experts in the I.T. field is in order. “Intel inside”… The processor in your PC can indeed be hardcoded, from the factory, with a backdoor built in. Edward Snowden, vault 7, Manning, etc… Alphabet agencies do have capabilities beyond the average person’s understanding. Even those whom naively believe that the loss of privacy is OK because of increased security need to be brought to the realization that for every Edward Snowden, there is someone like him, that has likely given these tools to nefarious entities. Instead of fear porn, some hard facts, backed up by respected professionals, presented by Oathkeepers would definitely help with educating. I doubt the average private or beat cop has any idea the real power of a stingray, or that a college kid can build something similar. Facial recognition?

    There are also constant bits of truth being brought forth about vaccines. Regardless of how good or bad they are, people should always have the right to decide what medical care they want. That right is under attack. If one travels abroad, you are basically forced to have medical treatment you may and may not want. This is a big deal. Most folks don’t have a degree in organic chemistry, and a lab, complete with mass spectrometry analysis capability. Does what is required of me include being injected with fetal stem cells, mercury, or unidentified “trade secret” bacteria?

    There are many facts, new and of antiquity, which would reach, and impact a broader group, than an article on horses. As I said, it’s not that the article isn’t relevant, it’s just that very few people have access to horses. I for one would be far more impressed at an article about the relatively warm freshwater lakes that never freeze, in Antarctica, and admiral Byrd’s taxpayer funded expedition. Maybe an article about nagalese and autism. Maybe an article about nuclear powered tunneling machines. Maybe an article about MIT setting a record in fusion. Maybe an article about galium nitride? How about a Werner von Braun article? How about an article regarding a microwave beam using pulsed wave modulation to transmit directly to the auditory cranial nerve (sound of silence, 1950s)? Maybe I’m out of place, but the pictures of riots and RFID hookers are not really educational. If a Psy-op of positive purpose and patriotic progress is the goal, I suggest you don’t forget that the arms of krupps still have us in a headlock, and it’s high time to march into minds with heavier artillery.

  2. Fluoride sucks, but if it were as bad as they would make us believe all our house plants would die pretty quickly. That 30 year old Shefflera in the corner looks pretty good.
    As for bugging out with horses, eh, I have no fears of walking the plank.

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