Re: research - travel
- Judwiga wrote...
>Nowadays, though, there are vet stations, and the horseI wonder... Ignoring draft animals for a moment, a riding horse was a major
>has to be cooled down, pulse rate dropped to a certain
>level, checked for dehydration, etc before each team goes
>on. I doubt the period practice did anything like that.Like
>the pony express, I am sure they rode till the horse dropped
>or a remount was gotten.
expense - the archaeological evidence from pre-12th century Bohemia shows
that such beasts were confined to the "nobility" (i.e. the various bits,
straps, buckles etc. appear only within the hillforst/enclosures of the
ruling elites.) It's rather like a modern sports car - noticeable (i.e.
flashy), expensive, costs a fortune to feed, and has to be maintained by a
team of specialists... Of course, warhorses (which one would expect to be
fitter/stronger) had to be specially trained, adding even more to their
Post routes like that of the Mongols or others were an exception, in that
horses would have been bred by the central authority for the purpose, and in
the knowledge that the attrition rate might be high (although unless the
message was REALLY urgent I suspect that the riders wouldn't have belted
along at maximum speed anyway...).
- In a message dated 10/2/2000 2:48:30 PM Central Daylight Time,
> It's rather like a modern sports car - noticeable (i.e.Good point. Although they didn't have vets in period, I suspect each rider
> flashy), expensive, costs a fortune to feed, and has to be maintained by a
> team of specialists... Of course, warhorses (which one would expect to be
> fitter/stronger) had to be specially trained, adding even more to their
knew a lot more about horses than most of our riders today, even endurance
riders (average vs. average, of course; and you'd be surprised how little
some "horse people" know!). When a living horse is a matter of life and death
(forget the price for now), I'd think they'd be rather careful.