Translate a horse riding term?
I'm a member who comes here mostly with research questions for my novel, On the Edge of Sunrise which was just published. I write historical romance set in late ancient Rome. I am giving a presentation on the time setting in my novel and will be showing the four-horned saddles used by Roman cavalry and barbarian warriors. As you may well know the stirrup did not exist at this time 450 AD (invented in 800's) and so I was researching how they mounted via a Roman cavalry reenactment group in England. The writer of their blog mentioned several possibilities (there is no actual recorded source) and used the phrase,
[The issue of just how Romans mounted their horses is unresolved. Contemporary books mention mounting from either side of the horse.15 Fences and infantry are both good mounting blocks, and in armour it is just possible to mount while stationary with the assistance of a spear.]
Does anyone know what "15 fences and infantry are both good mounting blocks" means? Perhaps using the back of an infantry soldier? What about 15 fences?
Any thoughts or suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks, Cynthia