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Rod Walker




Location: NSW, Australia.
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PostPosted: Sun 01 Jul, 2007 8:28 pm    Post subject: Horse vs Foot.         Reply with quote

Had the chance to play with an Anglo Saxon group (The Huscarls) this weekend at a show. We had 5 mounted Normans on the field and charged the Saxon shield wall throwing (padded) spears and finally closing with sword. I would be surrounded and dragged of the horse to be killed.

Had an absolute ball. I had to drag my early period kit out of a 5 yr storage. It is a bit of a mish mash of my old 11thC and 12thC stuff as over the years I have misplaced, sold or lost bits.

The horse vs foot combat was unchoreographed and pretty fierce. I am happy to say that not a single horse was so much as grazed. Everyone performed perfectly and it never even looked like anyone was going to hit a horse.

Damn it was fun and exciting. Big Grin

Some initial pics. I have a bunch of pics and some video coming that I will post.

Pics by Garry Davenport.




Yes, that is a big grin on my face as I am being dragged off to be slaughtered horribly Laughing Out Loud

Cheers

Rod
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And tilt at windmills under a wild sky!
For who would live so petty and unblessed
That dare not tilt at something, ere he die?"
--Errantry, John Galsworthy
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Jean Thibodeau




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PostPosted: Sun 01 Jul, 2007 9:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks really fun and the horse seems to have an expression of puzzlement on it's face like it's thinking: Humans are NUTS, what are they doing and why. Eek! Laughing Out Loud Where are the Mares ( assuming it's an intact stallion and not a gelding or a mare ) and when do I get to eat, sleep and poop. Wink Big Grin
You can easily give up your freedom. You have to fight hard to get it back!
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George Hill




Location: Atlanta Ga
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PostPosted: Sun 01 Jul, 2007 10:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Horse vs Foot.         Reply with quote

Your topic made me think you were going to kick a horse. I've clearly not gotten my sleep!!!

Looks like you had fun. Any other notes about what it's like?

To abandon your shield is the basest of crimes. - --Tacitus on Germania
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Max von Bargen




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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jul, 2007 8:15 am    Post subject: Re: Horse vs Foot.         Reply with quote

George Hill wrote:
Your topic made me think you were going to kick a horse.


Test kicking is not recommended.
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George Hill




Location: Atlanta Ga
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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jul, 2007 8:16 am    Post subject: Re: Horse vs Foot.         Reply with quote

Max von Bargen wrote:
George Hill wrote:
Your topic made me think you were going to kick a horse.


Test kicking is not recommended.


Agreed. The horse might kick back.

To abandon your shield is the basest of crimes. - --Tacitus on Germania
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Robin Smith




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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jul, 2007 9:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That looks like soooo much fun. As a Norman reenactor, you got my vote of approval. One tip though, next time before you pull your sword, ride back down hill to get another spear... Wink
Seriously though, is that a square ventail I see on you?

A furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine
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Hugh Fuller




Location: Virginia
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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jul, 2007 11:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Your helmet looks a bit the worse for wear which gives it just the right touch of verismilitude IMO. Big Grin
Hugh
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