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Cane Toad 06-13-2013 03:40 AM

Anybody here Joust?
Does anyone here joust or ride medieval? I'm going to learn :)
I'm volunteering at a new riding school and in return they are giving me free/cheap lessons, and they teach jousting and medieval riding :) I'm going to focus on that for a while :) So does any one joust? Got any tips for me whilst I learn??

Thanks :)

Joe4d 06-13-2013 10:52 AM

No but the History channel here had a reality TV show about jousting, two teams, each week a loser goes home. Used to drink and eat chicken wings at local sports bar and laugh our guts out watching people get messed up. Loads of fun. Girl near me does something she calls jousting, but the ride by and collect loops on the lance. No knocking eachother flying. Full metal jousting was the show we watched.

ponyboy 06-13-2013 07:02 PM

No but my girlfriend is a squench (female squire). Personally I find jousting boring since it's the same thing over and over again.

waresbear 06-13-2013 07:11 PM

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I personally don't want to get "unhorsed" but I like watching it!

princecharming 06-13-2013 07:54 PM

my friend has a pony that used to!

Phly 06-13-2013 10:08 PM

We don't joust.
But we have talked about doing it with noodles in the back yard across the hitching rail just for giggles.
You'll know if we do it, as I'm sure pics and videos will be taken.

I'd like to hear how it goes for ya, keep us posted.
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Tazmanian Devil 06-14-2013 12:29 AM

I looked into jousting a few years ago. Then I sobered up. :) It's easy enough to get hurt without someone charging you with a lance.

There are several different types of jousting.

One is just riding with a lance and picking up rings. This is about as safe as it gets.

Then there is theatrical jousting, like you see at RenFaires or "Medieval Times." This is all staged. For anyone who doesn't know, watch the riders feet. Before the run where someone gets unhorsed, the rider to fall will take his feet out of the stirrups. These people are doing this as a paid gig - they have no intention of getting hurt and losing time at work.

Then there are the two schools of competition jousting. There is the European association(s) and the American (i.e Full Metal Jousting) side.

From what I have read, the European version is a bit more civilized. They attempt to have some safety built into the sport.

The American version (one of the top riders is on Full Metal Jousting) is apparently much more dangerous. From what I read, there are major injuries at virtually every match. Riders continue to compete with broken bones... it seems like a gladiator type sport.

If that's your thing, go for it. I have broken enough bones and don't need to break any more.

Medieval stuff is cool and can be lots of fun. You do have to be very careful with things like jousting. Full contact competition can be extremely dangerous. Better to stick with jousting for rings or at least use "nerd" lances if jousting against someone else.

If going for full contact jousting, my only suggestions are 1) learn how to fall (while wearing 100lbs of armor) and 2) have a good orthopedic surgeon on speed-dial and make sure your medical insurance is up to date.


Cane Toad 06-15-2013 12:21 AM

Thanks guys, I would like to be able to Full metal Joust but I wouldn't even be able to walk in all the armour. I know the school had 4 horses and riders go off to the state or national championships for jousting. But hey I'll see we're it leads. Thanks again for your help. I appreciate it :)

SueNH 06-15-2013 09:31 AM

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