With horse and military, cavalry inevitably comes to mind, but this is only one aspect. The horse also served as the main means of transport for the movement of goods and the guns of the artillery in all armed forces. It was no different in the swiss army. Although tentative attempts toward motorization were made at the beginning of the 20th century in the swiss army, the transition from horse to motor on a larger scale did not begin until after World War II.
Due to the varied use of horses and mules in the army, the collection of horse tack is correspondingly extensive. The various riding saddles, packsaddles and harnesses together with a wide range of accessories show the broad spectrum of typical application of these animals in the swiss army.