Armour used to protect the horse during battle. Fabric comparisons dating from the end of the twelfth century are a possible early example. Later examples of horse armour were usually reinforced with or made of either bone or metal plates. Horse armour was called 'barb.'
Related term(s): Barb (Armour); Comparison; Peytrel; Chanfron; Crupper; Flanchard
Category: Armour and Shields
Last modified: 06.05.05
Source information: Wise, Terrence. Medieval Warfare. New York: Hastings House Publishers, Inc., 1976. 62, 64.