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Great Moments in Jousting

Sharpen your eyes and don’t look away: you’re about to see a very unusual moment in jousting.

Did you see the tips crack against each other and come flying apart? That was bloody amazing is what that was. Amazing enough I spent all night fighting with various video editing programs to put together something that would at least attempt to do it justice. Just imagine being there…

Anyway. Thee shall have some lovely photos of the two heavy horses – these animals weren’t bred for slim lines and elegance, they were selected for strength and endurance. It takes a lot of power to haul around knights in full plate armor.

The lighter heavy horse strutting its stuff in the lists.

The lighter heavy horse strutting its stuff in the lists.

Still beautiful, aren’t they?

The Palamino Jouster poses prettily.

The Palamino Jouster poses prettily.

Check out the hooves on these animals – they can cause the ground to tremble as if there’s an earthquake in the offing.

Nice conformance, that horse. Don't let it step on you under any circumstances.

Nice conformance, that horse. Don’t let it step on you under any circumstances.

I want one of each, please.

Anyway. Yes. I’ll be working on the trebuchet montage soon, probably over the weekend – it’s a lot of stuff to work with. In the meantime, I promise I’ll have the occasional new bit of substantive commentary, plus many more horsies. Wait until you see what happened during the archery exhibition. Poor dude shoulda had a bigger shield…

Comments

  1. ischemgeek says

    Stuff like this is why I get sad whenever I see a Percheron put to harness. They weren’t bred for harness, and every Percheron I’ve met is miserable in harness – they want to be carrying riders. They were bred as destriers, and they’re stuck hauling freight.

  2. Trebuchet says

    Both of those knights were women, by the way! As were all but one of the other knights on Saturday.

  3. rq says

    I think Percherons look stunning in harness, when done right, but yes, they would look better with knights, seeing as how that was their purpose.
    While the pale grey one is definitely a beauty, it’s the other one (possibly a Belgian a.k.a. Brabant that caught my eye. Not sure why, but something in the movements. Absolute grace. Like whales in water or freight ships in harbour, slow, ponderous, but at the same time inevitable, elegant, graceful.
    (Also, conformation, not conformance, and I think officially that colour can’t be called palomino because it’s not pale enough, plus it doesn’t qualify genetically, since palomino is a dilution gene added on to the chestnut colour gene, while this probably-Belgian is straight-up chestnut with flaxen mane and tail.)

    You know what would make those two horses absolutely perfect? More hair on their feet. I love that on the heavy horse, just love it. My favourite horse colour, I think, though, would be the blue roan. Always wanted to ride a blue-toned heavy horse, with black feathering (and medieval dress for me, but you know). Dreams.

  4. Lithified Detritus says

    Impressive. I don’t know a lot about horses, but these are gorgeous. I do enjoy watching the big draft and war horses.

  5. says

    ‘Course, you wanna see ridonkulously pretty warhorses, look for a Friesian. Horseflesh as designed by Ferrari. Better than that, even. At about the same price.

    • rq says

      I think Dana waxed poetic on Friesians last year, them and Warlanders. *drooly sigh* And I agree with

      Horseflesh as designed by Ferrari

      except I would qualify it as warhorseflesh, seeing as how Ferrari tends to gallop more into Thoroughbred territory with their cars n all.