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Ann Hyland wrote two books on The Warhorse with different subtitles re the time periods covered: the first ancient and medieval, the second Renaissance and modern. She also wrote Equus on horses and mules in the Roman realms. First, wash out any images of knights on Shires and other big draft horses. Draft horses are for draft, are weak in the back for ...


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Talked with my favorite professional historian (who is also a professional equestrienne). She pointed to the Tevis Cup as one source that might be instructive. Most of the Tevis competitors are Arabians, who have been bred to run fast and hard on minimal water & care. They shed heat well, but they can't carry the weight of someone in armor. (There is ...


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I can answer only partially. The most powerful horse breed I regard to be the Ardennes horse. This breed was able to carry a fully outfitted knight into battle. The fastest war horse would be light cavalry as used in the Napoleonic and Krim wars. A charge's maximum speed was 20 km/h. It could be kept up only for a short period of time. Cavalry travel ...



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