basically all the horses were purchased locally, which caused the death of many colonial troops, and of course the PRINCE IMPERIAL, as they hadnt been trained in any kind of warfare, and when the guns went off ,SO DID THEY.
( not wishing to make light of the matter!). one officer paid 50 quid for a horse or it may have been more, and it had died within a fortnight, there are many instances of horse purchasing in the referance books. the locals made a killing
selling horses, wagons, cattle ,oxen etc etc. the only horses from the u.k were the DRAGOONS and LANCERS horses.
they came on the ships with the troops, not much exercise im afraid, they landed in fairly ordinary condition, and then they werent keen on the african fodder, which was the only food available to them. i think it took 2 to 3 weeks for them to recover, before they could be of any service. not sure of the mortality rate amongst the cavalry horses, but the local
horse fever could be a dangerous thing, but if the horse survived , it was said they wouldnt catch it again. if i get a chance i will try and find the name of the disease.