[Sca-cooks] Horse Breeding OT But!...

Daniel & Elizabeth Phelps dephelps at embarqmail.com
Sat Dec 26 09:48:50 PST 2009

Was written:
> 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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