[Sca-cooks] Horse Breeding OT But!...
Daniel & Elizabeth Phelps
dephelps at embarqmail.com
Sat Dec 26 09:48:50 PST 2009
> Maybe not. I seem to remember when reading about the Crusades that the
> Arabs tended to be armored lighter and riding smaller horses. Which would
> fit both with the native horses there, the Arab?, and the terrain.
In my readings I seem to recall the suggestions that the Crusaders tended to
ride stallions while the Moslem combatants tended to ride mares. Be that
as it may check this site http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barb_(horse) for more
information regarding local horse flesh of the middle east in period.
Was also written:
I thought that donkeys and asses were the same thing, at least when you
were talking about animals.
Yes in the main that is correct, I should have written donkey/ass. The
African wild ass, the believed progenitor of all the world's donkeys, is
generally the only of those beasts that is, if I am not mistaken, never
referred to as a donkey. For all others those terms, to include burro I
suspect, are, at least among English speakers, English being a language that
borrows extensively from other languages, interchangeable.
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