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Re: [Authentic_SCA] Re: From Ingibjiorg

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  • Folo Watkins
    ... The only horse that is definitely indigenous to the Orkneys is the Shetland pony. The twelfth century was toward the start of the breeding of European with
    Message 1 of 3 , Feb 18, 2007
      > > I have a question, please. What kind of horses were used on Orkney
      >during the 12th century?

      The only horse that is definitely indigenous to the Orkneys is the Shetland
      pony. The twelfth century was toward the start of the breeding of European
      with Arabian horses, though; I am uncertain of how quickly the breeding/new
      breeds spread, nor the history of the Orkneys to boot. All horses in
      western Europe, at least until the development of knights in armor, were
      rather short (even if they were bulky). The Icelandic horse--never pony
      unless you want to be insulting--is about the size of most earlier European
      horses until they were bred for size. Icelandic horses, though, were not
      demonstrably present on the Orkneys until the 19th century. There are many
      horse-breeding sites out there, and they might be the best places to start
      your research.

      Cheers, Folo
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