Tricky and Gray
Twenty-fifth U.S. Infantry
Since Fort Huachuca was a wide-open Western fort with a strong cavalry history, it is not surprising that both civilians and soldiers had a close and enduring relationship with the horse.
Even after the 10th U.S. Cavalry left Fort Huachuca in 1931, horses still played a role in activities of the post occupants, both on and off-duty. Each company of the 25th Infantry had some horses that were available for pleasure riding and training. A 1930s sign-out sheet indicates that the riders were often officers’ wives.
The presence of horses at Fort Huachuca, even after the departure of the 10th Cavalry, boosted morale and made patrols and other duties in the soldiers’ day-to-day lives easier.
This photograph shows the Buffalo Soldiers of the 25th Infantry with the horses “Tricky” and “Gray” while stationed at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Photograph circa 1939.
2014.8.7, Courtesy of The Library of Congress