[Sca-cooks] Horse Breeding OT But!... I know someone will knowthe answer...

Anne-Marie Rousseau dailleurs at liripipe.com
Mon Dec 21 22:46:01 PST 2009

As a horse enthusiast in the SCA< THANK YOU!!! For not promoting the idea
that knights all rode GIANT horses.

Archaeological evidence suggests otherwise.

Also, not all horses were for armored combat. You had palfries and destriers
and work horses and everything in between. Not all of them are built to

--Anne-Marie, who has a horse is NOT built for jousting... we're working on
his palfry skills :)

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Behalf Of Antonia Calvo
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2009 8:01 PM
To: Cooks within the SCA
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Horse Breeding OT But!... I know someone will
knowthe answer...

Ratt wrote:
> But just for some motivation to help my boss out... Her Boss and she 
> were talking about Horses and The Morgan Horse came up and Mr 
> Knowitall pipes up with "you know, the ones the knights used to 
> ride."   Well my manager having seen and worked with Morgans argues 
> back that said horse is to small... but her boss is having nothing to 
> do with that side of the argument and is insisting that the knights 
> rode these damn things...
> BTW final answer uuuuurrrrrrnnnnnhhhhhh Wrong The Morgan Horse is an 
> American Breed So NOPE The only knights that could ride those horses 
> would be our Modern Knights.
> So she totally has this one in the bag and doesn't know it yet... 
> However she wants to really drive this one home... seems she never 
> gets to win an argument with this man.  And Yes I will warn her to 
> apologize after she has won the argument... lol

You are correct that the Morgan is a specifically American breed, so no, 
medieval knights couldn't have ridden Morgans.  However, research by the 
Museum of London suggests destriers stood about 14-15 hands (very 
similar to Morgans) and the Royal Armouries suggest 15-16 hands 
(slightly taller).  Having said that, the destrier was probably build 
slightly heavier and more solid than the Morgan.

Antonia di Benedetto Calvo

Habeo metrum - musicamque,
hominem meam. Expectat alium quid?
-Georgeus Gershwinus

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