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post #11 of 20 Old 10-28-2016, 07:39 AM
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In medieval time saddle cloth would most likely be more appropriate word choice. It's been over 20 years since I have had a medieval studies class so I may be wrong but that just sounds more correct for that time period.
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post #12 of 20 Old 10-28-2016, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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thanks again
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post #13 of 20 Old 10-28-2016, 08:09 AM
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No problem. Obviously I never took medieval studies. Lol
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post #14 of 20 Old 10-28-2016, 08:24 AM
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How fun! Enjoy your writing!

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post #15 of 20 Old 10-28-2016, 09:35 AM
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As a writer, I think what you have is fine. Don't be tempted to over-think what is a minor bit of action that really has nothing to do with moving the story or plot along.
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post #16 of 20 Old 10-28-2016, 02:18 PM
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I asked a person that participates in equine activities as part of the SCA (society for creative anachronisms) he said saddle pad would be just fine but there is a specific word, but he didn't know it without looking it up.
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post #17 of 20 Old 10-28-2016, 06:45 PM
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since you are writing about medieval times, it would really depend on what area.
Are talking British ? Moorish ? Spanish ? French ?
Saddles in those days were not like the saddles of today. They were made of blankets, wood , leather and straw. Google a photo of a medieval saddle for the country in which you are writing.
I would also not go into great details on this procedure of saddling. You could state the stable boy or slave prepared the horses for the days ride . If you are going to have an accident happen with equipment fail, then you could write something like, the stable boy noted to his master that the rigging look a bit frayed..
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post #18 of 20 Old 10-28-2016, 08:52 PM
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I heard back from the guy in the SCA, he said saddle cloth.
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post #19 of 20 Old 10-30-2016, 06:49 PM
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Be best to get a few books on horses and horse care in the Middle Ages, I am sure they are out there, identify the time frame you are looking at for your writing, and then see what may be on Amazon for a few pennies, if you are lucky.

The terms we use now, are vastly different from what was used in earlier times, as well as some things that were common back then, may no longer be a term used.

Better to do deeper research. One place you might also look to, is the SCA, as they are fairly accurate from the ones I have known, on their dress and mannerisms, so it stands to reason they would have knowledge to share.

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post #20 of 20 Old 10-30-2016, 06:53 PM
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This link is to Wiki article on this. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horses_in_the_Middle_Ages

Drop down to references for this article and see if you can lay hands on copies of some of them at least. There are over 30 used in this article, and would be excellent resources for you.

If you don't, I think you are going to be unhappy, as are any readers.
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