a short entry on horse history from the British Isles:
I would like to point your attention to this horse history article by Miriam Bibby, a historian and equestrian and also a friend, posted this article on her academia site:
From North to South: the Galloway Nag as an Elite Gift in the 16 th Century.
and I would like to post a quote from a historic work of Willima Youatt:
From Youatt (1898)-p103-4
Dr. Anderson thus describes the galloway : — 'There was once a breed of small elegant horses in Scotland, similar to those of Iceland
and Sweden, and which were known by the name of galloways;
the best of which sometimes reached the height of fourteen
hands and a half. One of this description I possessed, it
having been bought for my use when a boy.
In point of elegance of shape it was a perfect picture;
and in disposition was gentle and compliant.
It moved almost with a wish, and never tired.
I rode this little creature for twenty-five years,
and twice in that time I rode a hundred and fifty miles
at a stretch, without stopping, except to bait,
and that not for above an hour at a time. It came
in at the last stage with as much ease and alacrity as
it travelled the first, 1 could have undertaken to have
performed on this beast, when it was in its prime,
sixty miles a day fora twelvemonth running,
without any extra- ordinary exertion.'
|Icelandic horses with hay|