Piebald/Skewbald tournament horses?

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Piebald/Skewbald tournament horses?

Postby Tiamat on Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:20 pm

I was wondering if anyone could tell me if piebald/skewbald horses were used for tournaments in the Late Medieval times. I have heard people say that they were not, but no one can actually quote any evidence regarding that.

I know piebald horses were actually used as cavalry horses in Ancient Greece, but that the Romans did not like them because they were too visible in the dark. I have also seen them mentioned in Anglo-Saxon writings. I've read that William Marshall favoured 'pied' horses and that, in his time, they were used in tournaments. But I can't find anyting regarding piebald horses in th period 1400-1500. Later on, around 1600, Vicomte de Turenne is said to have ridden a piebald horse. Is there anyone who can fill this gap for me? ;)
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Re: Piebald/Skewbald tournament horses?

Postby brendan on Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:51 pm

nothing directly answering your question but http://www.larsdatter.com/caparisons.htm has plenty of manuscript images of jousting horses, you are likely to find loads of other horse info on that site as well

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