"The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horse never."
~Yiddish Proverb

"When I sit bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots in the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. . . he is pure air and fire . . . the prince of palfreys; his neigh is like the bidding of a monarch and his countenance enforces homage."
- William Shakespeare, Henry V

Horse links

URLS on the history of horses and famous equestriennes


For a nice place to review equine anatomy, check out this site

To learn common "horsey" terminology, check out this site.

To get a handle on some basic riding skills visit this site.

The Medieval Horse Guild: A wonderful place to help you keep your destriers, palfries and coursers straight!

Side Saddle Lady: Celebrates the art of side-saddle riding. Nice online museum.

A Sidesaddle by Illaria Veltri degli Ansari: A wonderful site with beautiful images of women on horseback, riding both aside and astride. Photo documentation of the construction of a medieval sidesaddle.

Horses and History by Melinda Maiden. Site theme: It was the Horse that Built Civilization!

“Sisi” Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898): Read about the tragic life of an extrodinarily beautiful woman, “Sisi” the Empress of Austria, a famed equestrienne, who had herself sewn into her trend-setting riding habits every morning.

Courtesans: Money, Sex and Fame in the Nineteenth Century; a book by Katie Hickman, details the colorful lives of women known as the demimonde. Of particular interest is the story of Sophia Baddeley who acquired an exquisite collection of horses, stables and carriages as a testament to her success, and the story of Catherine “Skittles” Walters, an avid horsewoman who rose from Hyde Park horse-exercise girl for hire, to one of the most famous courtesans in Victorian England.

From the publisher of EQUUS, Dressage Today, Horse & Rider, Practical Horseman and Arabian Horse World, a good resource for advice about horse health, training, and news and events of general interest to horse owners.

A great site from the horse-wise, RITA winning romance author Julia Ross, who answers frequently asked questions about horses and offers tips on how to avoid horse-related mistakes when writing about them.

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