Medieval warhorses no bigger than modern-day ponies, study finds | Archaeology
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People were smaller then so makes sense that warhorses were too.
There’s a post that comes up regularly showing the burial of an ancient chariot with it’s horses and the skeletons are surprisingly small.
I already posted about this so, I’ll just copy and paste it here:
Along with destirers, there were palfrey, rouncy, etc horses dwarfing destriers in numbers,as much as 4-6 to one. Rich men-at-arms had even more. That is not to mention coursers, a smaller and lighter ***war*** horses, on which soldiers rode into battle. There are quite a few accounts in which kings forbade magnates taking more than a certain amount of “second grade” horses to campaign. Lastly, destriers weren’t common. They cost a fortune and not many could afford them. Imagine if in 500 years someone says that all people were riding VW Golf and never Mercedes, Jaguar or Ferrari.