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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian08 Jan 2019 10:55 a.m. PST

Vikings who settled in Iceland more than 1,000 years ago valued their horses so much that the men were buried with their trusty steeds. And DNA analysis of these treasured animals recently proved that the horses consigned to the grave with their manly owners were males, too…


Winston Smith08 Jan 2019 4:46 p.m. PST

Or geldings. DNA couldn't tell the difference.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian08 Jan 2019 5:10 p.m. PST

More fun to assume stallions. grin

Toaster08 Jan 2019 9:33 p.m. PST

Geldings would be most likely, troops who charge into battle on stallions are very vulnerable to the enemy bringing a mare in heat on to the flank. Apparently all the training in the world can't block the stallions natural response.


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse09 Jan 2019 1:59 a.m. PST

Horses were work animals and status symbols.
Not war beasts for Vikings.
So some might have been stallions. But even just for farm work a gelding is much easier to handle

dapeters09 Jan 2019 10:36 a.m. PST

While this breed is consider a horse many animals are more pony size (assuming this were Fjord Horses)

advocate09 Jan 2019 10:36 a.m. PST

No, vikings sacrificed stallions. It doesn't tell us what they chose to ride.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse10 Jan 2019 12:28 p.m. PST

Many horse were pony sized.

Hell most light cavalry horses of the 18th and 19th century are well below the cutoff between pony and horse.

It's just that movies and miniatures producers feel all horses should be 165cm at the withers.

The fjording is a horse were some individuals are pony sized. Which is true for almost all mid sized horse breeds.

Weather it's fjordings or proto Icelandic horses I do not know.

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