By Brenda B Taylor
This beautiful photo by Martha Schwer from Oregon, WI, USA shows a Friesian Stallion.
The Friesian is a horse breed originating in Friesland, Netherlands. Although the breed resembles a light draft horse, Friesians are graceful and nimble for their size. It is believed that during the Middle Ages, ancestors of Friesian horses were in great demand as war horses throughout continental Europe. Through the Early Middle Ages and High Middle Ages, their size enabled them to carry a knight in armor. In the Late Middle Ages, heavier, draft type animals were needed. Though the breed nearly became extinct on more than one occasion, the modern day Friesian hose is growing in numbers and popularity, used both in harness and under saddle. Most recently, the breed is being introduced to the field of dressage. *
A black destrier, maybe of the Friesian breed, is featured in A Highland Pearl. A Scottish Highland chief, Laird Andrew Dubh Munro, has a black horse named, Scara. The horse is of a lighter destrier breed, but large and strong enough to carry a Highland warrior dressed for battle.
Scara is Laird Andrew’s friend, companion, and necessary part of his battle gear. Most knights held their mounts in high esteem as being indispensable in battle. A knight without his horse was a dead knight, so the saying goes. The agility of the Friesian horse would make him a coveted mount for a Highland warrior.
A Highland Pearl
A sweet romance blossoms amidst feuding and war. With her reputation at stake after being accused of practicing witchcraft and hated as a member of a rival clan, Maidie considers leaving Clan Munro and returning to the home of her birth in Clan Cameron. Fierce battles, a tragic encounter, and a handsome clan chief compel her to make crucial decisions in this haunting romance set in the16th century Highlands of Scotland.
Excerpt from A Highland Pearl
The destriers pranced and snorted, eager for the excitement of battle. Their leather saddles, atop blankets in shades and hues of red, green, blue, and yellow, glistened in the torchlight. Each warhorse had reins and harness studded with silver or bronze, and a wooden targe attached to the saddle’s pommel. Scara, Andrew’s black stallion, stamped so heavily the stable boy had difficulty holding him. Andrew calmed the horse by speaking softly in Gaelic, then mounted.
* taken from Wikipedia