Welcome of the home page of the
Medieval Horse Guild.
The Medieval Horse Guild is a group of horsemen and horsewomen who
occasionally cast off the trappings of modern life and cloak themselves
in the pageantry of the Medieval Period. As a group they engage in a
variety of activities ranging from the study of the techniques of
horsemanship in the Middle Ages to participating in parades and battle
In parades, the Horse Guild attempts to provide a colorful
spectacle which will delight the parade onlookers. Members are encouraged to make their
own medieval costumes and armor as well as tack for their mounts that is appropriate to
the period being portrayed.
The Horse Guild is affiliated with other, unmounted, medievalist groups,
notably the Markland Medieval
Mercenary Militia. Together, they participate in recreations of famous historical
Equestrian games are a popular activity of the Horse Guild. These are
modern adaptations of the medieval equestrian games used to instill in
the young knights the skills they would need to carry into battle. The
modern versions of the games are carefully designed for the safety of
both horse and rider but still serve the same purpose that they served
for the knights; riding skill and confidence and a feeling of cooperation
between man and horse that is essential for the enjoyment of horseback
The safety of the Horse Guild activities is insured through carefully
chosen rules to govern the conduct of the activity and a system of
experienced Horse Guild members who act as "qualifiers".
The qualifiers test the skill level of each member or applicant at
performing key activities. We recognize that horses have individual
personalities too and therefore, the qualification is for a
particular combination of horse and rider, and does not automatically
grant the rider permission to use any mount.
Periodically, the members of the Horse Guild gather for a
"Horse War". These events are usually held as a camping
weekend and feature practice at gaming skills, mounted and unmounted
combat training, swapping of skills and techniques, and general
relaxation. Unmounted fighters are also encouraged to attend in
order to acclimate the horses to the sights and sounds of battle.
When possible, a medieval style feast is included in the weekend.
The Horse Guild also has an email
list. The list provides a means to communicate with the members
of the Guild and to discuss topics related to medieval horsemanship.
For more information, you can contact the Guild via email
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