Palfrey

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A medieval painting of riding horses or palfreys

A palfrey is a type of horse that was valued as a riding horse in the Middle Ages. It is not a breed.

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The term 'palfrey' usually meant a more expensive and well bred type of riding horse popular during the Middle Ages,[1] sometimes equalling the Knight's Destrier in price. It was popular with nobles, ladies and knights for riding, hunting and ceremonial use during the medieval period.[2] A palfrey had a smooth, ambling gait.[3] It was an ideal horse for traveling long distances comfortably.

References[change | change source]

  1. Ralph Henry Carless Davis, The Medieval Warhorse: Origin, Development and Redevelopment (1989), p. 137 (ISBN 0-500-25102-9)
  2. Ewart Oakeshott, A Knight and his Horse, Rev. 2nd Ed. (USA:Dufour Editions, 1998)
  3. Deb Bennett, Conquerors: The Roots of New World Horsemanship., 1st edition (Amigo Publications Inc., 1998) ISBN 0-9658533-0-6