The Remount Program and The Tragedy of Heathermoon

Series: Red Shale Reflections | Story 27

January 11, 2024

US Army Remount Stallion #Y-2, named Heathermoon, is pictured above. This chestnut-colored Thoroughbred had a distinguished racing career in Great Britain and America before becoming a remount stud for the military. The Army disliked the amount of white on his face and lower legs, but his racing prowess alleviated their concerns (the cavalry much preferred uniform-looking horses in black and brown without markings). In 1924, Heathermoon died of an aneurysm, causing great stress to his assigned agent and the agent's family. Photo courtesy of the Charlie Dunning Family.

The word "remount" as a modern word is a verb, meaning "to get back on [something] and ride it again." But if the term was heard during any period before the 1950's, another meaning would likely be applied. This version of "remount," a noun, refer...

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