Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I Rode the Knight's Horse at Black Rock Medieval Fest

I make no secret that I enjoy a nice Renaissance Faire, or Black Rock Medieval Fest as they call it at the Olde Town Village in Augusta, Michigan. When I saw that the performing jousting knights were selling rides on the majestic Percheron horses I got in line. Was I deterred that only little kids were doing it? Nay! I had never been on a horse that big before and I wanted to know what it felt like.

According to the Percheron Association of America these horses "range in height from 15 to 19 hands high, most are between 16-2 and 17-3 hands high. They can weigh up to 2600 pounds with the average around 1900."

That is a very big and powerful horse! If you look at my photo you can see that the horse's back is about the height of the man's head, so I was sitting almost 6 feet up in the air. The view was tremendously different up there. I definitely felt superior to the low class underlings scurrying about on the ground. From the back of that horse, I could easily imagine myself as the lord and master of my adoring serfs.

The raw muscular power of the horse moving beneath me was an impressive sensation. That horses so often willingly share their power with us never ceases to amaze me. During my short ride on the horse named Billy I imagined the Knight in his heavy armor charging on this noble beast and swinging a weapon. That is not something I would ever want to face. When a knight on a war horse is coming at you, I strongly recommend retreat.

Later in the day when I watched the jousting performance I empathized with the Knight who was unhorsed. That was a long fall he took and I shudder to think what it does to one's back when you slam into the ground encased in metal.

Black Rock Medieval Fest is still going on every weekend through August 4th. If you're Southern Michigan go have some fun. The performers are full of joy, the vendors have many interesting wares like swords and corsets, and the woods are lovely and shady.

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