Horse Armor

The predominant factor that made a knight a "knight" was the fact that he was mounted on a horse. This changed in later centuries to the fact that a knight followed a code of chivalry. But, mounted knights were often heavily armored and of course their horses were often also armored. Here is a list of the armor that a horse would wear.





  • Bard - This is the name for a complete set of horse armor.
  • Crinet - Defense for the horse's neck.
  • Crupper - Defensive armor covering the horse's rump.
  • Flanchard - a Piece of plate armor attached to the saddle that protected the flank of a horse.
  • Shaffron (Also called a Chaffron) - This is the plate armor that covered a horses head and face.
  • Peytral - Armor designed to protect the horse's chest.

Medieval armor for the horse



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