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PostSubject: Reins of Power - The Art of Horse Dancing   Sun 28 Jan 2018, 20:24

Here's another nice Lucy Worsley documentary, a bit like the 'Dancing Cheek to Cheek' one, but this time it's about dancing horses, manège, dressage, jousting and equestrianism.



It's all quite light and none too heavy but like all Lucy Worsley documentaries there are lots of interesting snippets of info. For instance I didn't know that horse dressage basically arose in the 17th century from the increasing need for horse manoeverability on the battlefield, thereby replacing the sport of jousting which was all about simple nerve and charging power. And while I knew Charles II was keen on horse racing, 'the sport of Kings', I didn't realise he promoted it as a important means to improve the stock of British cavalry horses that had been greatly depleted during the Civil War. (Interesting also to learn that Lucy did her PhD on William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle, and the dressage school he established at Bolsover Castle).

And if you don't like Lucy Worsley then you can always concentrate on the her riding instructor, Ben Atkinson, and his muscular thighs squeezed into skin-tight jeans: "Don't do anything that I don't tell you to!" ...  No sir, I would never. [sigh]
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PostSubject: Re: Reins of Power - The Art of Horse Dancing   Sat 10 Mar 2018, 15:40

Didn't many grand houses actually have special covered areas for training the horses in dressage - it was considered so important? Isn't the one at Bolsover Castle the only one left in existence now?

I didn't notice the chap's thighs to be honest. Lucy Worsley knows her stuff all right, but she is very irritating at times. She was unbearable in her Henry VIII's Wives series - lurking about in the corridors at Hampton Court, all dressed up like an extra from Wolf Hall.
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PostSubject: Re: Reins of Power - The Art of Horse Dancing   Sat 10 Mar 2018, 18:01

Well, I did try, MM, but it seems that neither dancing horses nor Ben Atkinson's muscular thighs have excited any attention.

Odd that so important a historical topic (horses, that is, not thighs) is apparently of little interest.

It saddens me to think of all the horses that died in mankind's wars - the humans had some kind of choice; the animals had none. Trained or not, they must have been terrified and bewildered by it all. There is a War Memorial  in Hyde Park - not just for horses, but for all animals killed in battle.






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