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
Iron stirrup-iron, inlaid with copper; rectangular suspension loop; knop with copper plating; inlay wire creating scroll pattern.
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 destrier
Fighting knights and fighting horses! Interesting that the horses are not shown as stallions - the latter being a common motif in medieval warhorse illustrations.
Horseman of the apocalypse
horseman of the apocalypse 13th century
12th century harness pendant, probably for a breastband