Templars needed to cut a dash on the battlefield. First into battle and last out – they had to be recognisable and pushing that all important Templar brand. One way to achieve this was through the covering of their horse in a caparison.
What does a Templar caparison look like?
In Toledo, Spain, I came across a mode of a Templar in full battle dress. Let’s have a look at that horse…
The large cloth covering is called a ‘caparison’. The premium war horse was a destier while a rouncey was more of a bog standard horse.
A Templar knight would more than likely have had a horse for daily riding and another for war duty. I think I’m right in saying – will check the Rule later – that Templar knights were entitled to three horses in total. Note that bridles and all horse equipment was without any ornamentation – plain and simple only.
Other Templar battle gear:
- Cappa, which was a close fitting white robe
- Lance about 12 foot long and made of ash
- Arming sword about 38 inches long
- Full on battle sword about 48 inches long
- Chain mail hauberk that stretches down to his thighs
- Chain mail coif that goes over his head
- Metal cap like helmet over the coif that will eventually become the all-enclosed sugar-loaf shaped helmet after the mid-13th century
- Kite-shaped shield that can be slung across his back