Arming the horse
16th century horsewear
A king would have used similar horses for both tournaments and battle. They would have used a special type of stallion that needed to be fast, with lots of power.
Arming a horse in the 16th and 17th centuries commonly included using the following:
All the horse armour together was known as a bard.
In pictures: Royal horse armour
Where do all the pieces of armour go on a royal horse?
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