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    06-08-2009, 09:28 PM
Green Broke
Ohhh never say role playing to an SCA person! LOL!! Or compare them with Ren Folk. Very different groups. RenFaires also have fantasy stuff like elves, fairies etc. That stuff is never allowed at SCA events.

It is a lot of fun especially camping out. In the evening you can go to any campfire and there will be bards telling stories or dancing or eating or a lot of drinking.

They keep the 'period' camping separate from the mundane camping so that you can walk about the pavilions and yurts and get a feeling of really being back there. Of course there are modern things around the events but they try to keep it as period as possible and still be fun.

They even have what is called 'Gold Key' for visitors so they can dress up in tunics/medieval clothes and wander about the event. Otherwise it's very frowned on for the public to just come walking in regular clothes. That's another thing that makes it different from a RenFaire.

I haven't done much the last couple of years but am looking forward to getting back into it this fall.

The fall season is the feasting season. But I tell you eating authentic medieval food can give you a bad case of the poopies!
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    06-08-2009, 09:41 PM
Oops, I guess I did a faux pas!!!

Okay, if it counts, I had a boarder that rode in Civil War re-enactments, all authentic uniforms and garb. His horse was fantastic, he could stand right beside the canons when they fired them.

It's amazing, the stuff we can do with our horses :)
    06-08-2009, 10:01 PM
Green Broke
We have Civil War reenactors in this area and you are right, those horses are just amazing with the canons!

I agree, it's amazing the stuff the horses are willing to deal with on account of our passions!
    06-08-2009, 10:17 PM
I thought palfreys were supposed to have been gaited?
    06-08-2009, 10:19 PM
Green Broke
They were extremely smooth riding horses from what all the writings on them say. It's very likely some of them or even a lot of them were. They would have been a lot better bred than the rouncies.
    06-10-2009, 09:02 PM
This is WICKED AWESOME!! A friend and I were thinking of doing a medieval costume class entry for one of our smaller shows, we saw a mock jousting show recently and got all inspired . I wish we could go as detailed and historically accurate as your SCA! Your horse is gorgeous! I'm a bit of a fantasy lit nut, and even in the hyper fantasy stuff, I can't help but smile when the author took the time to research the types of horses that were used in the Middle Ages. I love Ladyhawke, too.
    06-14-2009, 05:48 PM
Originally Posted by Solon    
Friesians were used as chargers and the nobility had access to them.

I remember the first Friesian I ever saw was Goliath from Ladyhawke. One of my most fave movies!
Yup, Friesians were most likely in battle w/the troops documented in Britannia as early as the Christian era. Through the Eighty Year's War and Crusades is most likely when Friesians picked up most of their Andalucian and Arabian blood, which is what originally lightened them from their equus robustus, drafter build.

Ditto on "Ladyhawke"! I think that was everyone's first Friesian experience! Goliath's real name was "Othello". He was a circus performer. By the way.

I love your pictures! I've always been interested in the SCA. Although I make the same faux pas as 7ponies and say the orginization seems more role playing (please don't murder me!) to me. And I only say that because they don't seem involved in educating others (non-members), thus it's "their own world". I would just like to see more of that. But maybe I'm wrong! Does your Kingdom do any outside educational clinics or demonstrations?
    06-15-2009, 09:02 PM
Green Broke
Many of the Baronies within the Kingdoms do demos at schools and such but not so much for the 'public'. It's a historical group so the idea is to find your local group, then attend 'Council' meetings and get to know the people and what they do.

You can find out if your local group has equestrian events (some areas don't, but that doesn't mean you couldn't start one!).

Once you show an interest in participating you will have people at your beck and call working to get your persona (who you are going to be) developed and how to get involved with the group.
    06-18-2009, 05:07 PM
Originally Posted by Solon    
The Destrier was a highly trained warhorse. They were as much a warrior as the Knight himself. The drafts of today were really the pulling horses even back in the Dark/Middle ages. I get a lot of crap for riding a draft horse in the medieval society because some people are what we call "period nazi's" and believe you must recreate to the exact specifications.

Palfries were the riding horses most of the nobles would have these horses. Coursers were the cavalry horses. Very fast, very agile. Rouncies were the all purpose stock horses. Pulled wagons, peasants rode them, they are what we call grade horses today.

I have also heard of Hackneys in the context of being a Medieval breed/type. Is this correct, or a modernization like drafts being the equivalent of Destriers? If there were Hackneys, were they similar to the high stepping hackney horses and ponies of today? What was their "job" in the Medieval stable?
    06-18-2009, 05:22 PM
Green Broke
There were definitely used as riding horses but our modern ones I believe are quite different. I seem to remember a change in the characteristic with recent history but I'd have to look that up.

I believe their origin is 12th or 13th century.

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