Boxing With Horses

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 7, 2008, 2:44

This print is from a set entitled "Sports and Pastimes of the People of England" (1876) and depicts two trick horses from the 1300s. The drawings are copies of old illustrations from that time.

The caption of the first image reads:

"Here the  horse  is rearing up and attacking the joculator, who opposes him with a small shield and cudgel. These mock combats, to which the animals were properly trained, were constantly regulated by some kind of musical instrument."

The second image is captioned:
"In this instance the horse is