Edward Lowell Anderson was a lawyer who had served as a Union officer during the Civil War. He ran a horsemanship school in Ohio, modeled on the principles of Francois Baucher, which advocated humane and systematic training. His 1881 book, The Saddle Horse: A Complete Guide for Riding and Training, was one of the first to make use of photography to teach riding. We do not have the name of the Morgan stallion he rides in this image. Note the docked tail, usually an indication that the animal had previously been broken to harness.