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Introduction

Ancient Saddles

Medieval Saddles

Medieval / Renaissance saddles

Pack Saddles

Peytrals and Cruppers

Bridles

Complete panoplies

Clothing and Armour

Accessories, Diverse

Footwear

Examples of Riding

Markets and Events

Contact and Ordering

Accessories

Byzantine horse archer

A Byzantine cavalry quiver. Mouse on or click for a close up.

Byzantine horse archer

A Byzantine cavalry bowcase. Mouse on or click for a close up.


a Sword belt and sabretache of the Napoleonic era

Sword belt and sabretache of the Napoleonic era from £200.


lance bucket

Lance buckets and holsters from £15.

stirrup leather

Custom coloured stirrup leathers: £60/pair.


Shields


Ancient sources, and debatable later ones like the Bayeaux Embroidery, represent shield no different to those of infantry being used on horseback, making for a very poor connection with the mount. And even today one does see (at least in England) riders in re-enactments struggling with similarly poor arrangements. It does not have to be that way, however.

skoutarion

Round, lenticular shields were used over the greatest span of time and range of cultures.

knight's shield

While the Bayeaux Embroidery shows the Norman knights using their shields in a manner that hardly allows any fine horse control, there is one set of fittings shown in that source that can be used in a much more functional way.


knight's shield

A few pictorial sources of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries show …

stirrup leather

… an innovation that is very comfortable, practical and effective.


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