Monday, 18 August 2014

First Post

I designed this page specifically to deal with the Art of Rossfechten (the medieval art of fighting on horseback) and to deal with Good horsemanship, which will play a pivotal role in any succesfull endeavour to reconstruct Rossfechten. However, sources about how medieval horsemen went about their training are limited at best. In fact, only two actual medieval manuscripts survive which deal specifically with training a horse, and those are rather vague and concise. Nonetheless, the fighting manuscripts, when analyzed with an eye for detail, reveal that refined horsemanship was of the utmost importance. We must therefore undertake the task of educating our horses to our best abilites, so he is up to the tasks required for medieval horsemanship.

The main question thus concerns how to train a horse. Luckily medieval horsemanship did not just dissapear. Rather, it was gradually transformed in the two dominant traditional forms of horsemanship known in the Western world. On the one hand, the classical dressage developped and remained an important aspect of the noble identity in Europe. On the other hand, extensive breeding techniques, making heavy use of horses, developped in Spain and were brouhgt to the America's where they still exist as different types of vaquero practices.
Consequently, these forms of traditional horsemanship, combined with a study of the remaining sources indicating the requirements of medieval horsemanship, allow us to train horses up to the level of a destrier, the most accomplished warhorse. Nonetheless, this is a quest for perfection, on part of the horse as well as on part of the horseman. A quest which fully entails a journey to perfect horsemanship as well. Therefore, this blog will deal with many issues with which many horse people find themselves struggling. I will therefore specifically also enter into subjects relating to horsemanship in general and specific problems I encounter myself or were shared by others.

I hope this blog may serve many amongst you, martial artists, history lovers and horse people alike.

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