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Re: RC: Barefoot/Strasser/fads...

In a message dated Fri, 29 Jun 2001 10:26:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Lif Strand <> writes:

<< I'm wondering if this has to do with rider balance or something else like 
that.  Did the Mongols shoe or protect their horse's feet on those long 

Yep--leather hoof coverings, from what historians can figure.  And of course, the horses were somewhat expendable, too--if one is too lame to ride, you just eat him and get another one.  And likely the march or the battle did not stop simply because the horse was a little sore.  We have cultural taboos about that, not to mention AERC rules and vet checks...


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