Bubba, a five-year-old grey gelding, got tangled in his lead line in early morning. His whinnying woke his master, confederate cavalryman Mike Odian, an equine veterinarian from Carroll County.

Usually, Odian said, the horses panic in these situations. But Bubba remained calm while he unwrapped the line,revealing a rope burn welt on Bubba’s hind leg.

Odian walked over to his friend, Derek Lanham, a fellow cavalryman. “I usually have my sword outside my tent in case I need to cut the line,” Lanham said. “I don’t fight lead lines at night.”

Odian pulled out a pocket knife. He keeps it just in case.