|Titre :||The Care of the Court Horse in Renaissance Italy|
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|Auteurs :||Sarah G. Duncan, Auteur|
|Type de document :||document vidéo|
|Année de publication :||2018|
|Format :||20 min.|
EquivocÉpoque Moderne (XVIe-XVIIIe) ; Italie ; Littérature ; Médecine et soin
While a collection of valuable, well-conditioned horses enhanced a ruler’s status, it was also believed that badly kept horses reflected the ignorance of their owner. Many of the exteriors of Italian Renaissance court stables were designed to impress through their capacity as well as through elaborate architectural design and decoration. However, more important for the horses’ welfare was the design and function of the stable interior. While the interior served as a gallery in which to display the court horses, evidence shows that considerable attention was paid the size of the horses’ stalls, the design and height of their mangers and hay racks and appropriate angle of the flooring. To maintain cleanliness, efficient drainage systems
were designed and various methods were suggested for keeping vermin out of the stable. Such attention to detail required a well-trained hardworking staff -the stable’s famiglia-administered by the court stable master.
Equestrian and veterinary treatises -such as by Claudio Corte, Pasqual Caracciolo and Carlo Ruini -concentrated on the care of horses and, whether prescriptive or descriptive, it is these texts together court ordinances and stable records, which allow an insight into standards of care expected. The staff’s responsibilities were wide-ranging and involved carefully controlled and recorded breeding programmes, horse breaking and training, individually monitored feeding, routine grooming and washing, elaborately decorating and plaiting of the horses’ manes and tails, as well cleaning the stable and maintaining the many pieces of tack and extravagant caparisons. And, if required, extraordinary methods were used by the maniscalco(veterinary surgeon) and the stable master to restore health.
The paper briefly considers court stable architecture and then concentrates on the care of the horses within the stable. It was the dedication of the stable famiglia that allowed these animals to be admired for their fitness and discipline and to contribute to their master’s prestige both in public and in private.
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