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Medieval horses and their equipment

A board to store illustrations of medieval horses and their harness etc.

Iron stirrup-iron, inlaid with copper; rectangular suspension loop; knop with copper plating; inlay wire creating scroll pattern. 10th/11thC

Image gallery: stirrup

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Iron stirrup-iron, inlaid with copper; rectangular suspension loop; knop with copper plating; inlay wire creating scroll pattern.

Image gallery: stirrup

britishmuseum.org

Tilting saddle The Wallace collection

13thC harness pendant bearing the de Quincy device

Medieval horse armour The Wallace Collection

Early 15thC Les Tres Riches Heures de Duc de Berry. Working farm horse - not exactly a shire or Clydesdale at this stage.

horses on the Bayeux Tapestry 11thC - look, no hoof feathers!

This is a modern Andalusian but compare it with the original illustrations of warhorses and you'll see the similarities. Medieval destriers were NOT draught horses. You only need to look at paintings and illuminations for it to be patently obviously (riding my own hobby-horse here!). THIS is the modern descendant of the destrier still looking something like, and NOT a Clydesdale FGS.

Luttrell psalter cart horses

Fighting knights and fighting horses! Interesting that the horses are not shown as stallions - the latter being a common motif in medieval warhorse illustrations.

harness pendants

12th century harness pendant, probably for a breastband

12th century palfrey in fine gear.