Tuesday, 7 April 2015
Mini History Blogs: Real Warhorses
"Contrary to popular belief, the medieval knight was not mounted on a huge plodding draft horse like the famous Shire. By combining archaeological finds with pictorial evidence we can paint a picture of the typical Destrier as a very athletic short-backed horse not exceeding 15.2 hands in size.
Medieval paintings often show horses in perfect collection with beautiful gaits, permitting the conclusion that the medieval warhorse was highly trained and extremely manoeuvrable."
A fine example of a Destrier can be seen here in my photograph taken at the re enactment of the Battle of Bosworth in 2012.