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  •  Thanks for telling me (9+ / 0-)

    what kind of horse this is, NonnyO. It was interesting to read about them. I didn't know anything. It's such a beautifully elegant horse.

    •  :-) Check out this fellow (11+ / 0-)

      His name is Frederik the Great....


      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 03:10:35 PM PDT

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      •  Oh WOW! Such a beauty. Look at that tail (12+ / 0-)

        and mane and such a gleaming coat. I'm droooolingz.

        A fo ben, bid bont. - Welsh proverb. ( translation: If you want to be a leader, be a bridge.)

        by Gwennedd on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 04:05:56 PM PDT

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      •  mr.u took one look at that horse (3+ / 0-)
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        and said "What a war horse!!" I went to read up on them and it said that they carried knights back in the day, I guess mr.u was right.

        Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

        by high uintas on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 07:23:36 PM PDT

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        •  This is true: yes, they were war horses... (1+ / 0-)
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          ... for men who wore suits of armor.  As "dainty" as they look at a distance, these horses are huuuuuge - comparable to the heavier-boned Clydesdales.  Look at the size of Frederik the Great's hoofs alone.  Comparable to a Clydesdale, and Friesians also have a lot of hair around their hoofs like the one in Ladyhawke.

          Once a man was all geared up with a heavy suit of armor, he needed a sturdy horse to carry all that weight.  They had to have horses with a heavy bone structure.  Yes, Clydesdales and huge draft horses are in that category, too, and after being at war they had nerves steady enough to double as farm animals to pull heavy baggage and hay wains.  The armored man needed to be able to have a ramp or stairs to climb on to the horse, or be winched into the air, swung over the horse and eased down into the saddle.  Once unhorsed (say, in a joust), he would need help getting up..., and getting to his horse to be lifted back on.

          Let's face it: the sleek, smaller-boned legs of something like a high-strung Arabian is physically not able to carry that much weight for much time - maybe a man with a helmet, sword, chain mail, and shield, but that's pushing it in the weight department - so a smaller "normal-sized" horse breed would fail spectacularly as a war horse for a man dressed in over a hundred pounds of armor who needed to be winched into the air and then put down on his horse.

          You can see why I think the Frisians are among the most beautiful horses in the world....  :-)

          I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

          by NonnyO on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 10:17:11 PM PDT

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          •  They're the difference between heavy cavalry and (2+ / 0-)
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            light.

            Arabians are very fast and nimble. Incredibly quick. Lots of stamina. The heavy horses couldn't keep up with them. But the light horses couldn't stand against the heavies. So who won depended on the ground being fought over and the type of battle.

            The Friesians are spectacular. And generally with very nice temperaments. There are a number of breeders and touring hitches in CA, I used to photograph them pretty regularly back in the 90's.

            Ladyhawke was my intro to them as well. In 1985.(gack!)

            Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
            ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

            by FarWestGirl on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 04:41:50 AM PDT

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