Arming the horse

Arming the horse

Arming the horse

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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.
Silver and engraved armour of Henry VIII, about 1515Arming a horse in the 16th and 17th centuries commonly included using the following:

• Crinet
• Shaffron
• Crupper
• Peytral
• Stirrups

All the horse armour together was known as a bard.

In pictures: Royal horse armour

A royal horse shaffron from 1540Where do all the pieces of armour go on a royal horse?
Find out how a horse’s body is protected with our slideshow of royal horse armour. View our slideshow »


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