This weekend was another one of those weekends that I just needed to get out and do something. I wrote about it on my other blog, Country Girl in Chicago. We went to the Oriental Institute of Chicago. A fabulous museum and I managed to find horses.
This was a very large relief from Assyria. There were several reliefs from this time period that I found very fascinating.
This one is actually behind the first one. So these riders are following the chariot. Notice no saddles. Below you can get a bit of a better view of the bridle and the tack that was on the horses. Looks something similar to some arab costumes in the modern day arab shows.
This bit really is nasty. The mouth piece is lined with lots of metal points.
These final photos show the first saddle that uses a tree. It is a Nubian saddle and the next photo shows how it is used.
Well that sums the horsey part of my trip to the Oriental Institute of Chicago. I really love to look at the history of the horse and how he has worked along side of man. How we treated him and what his role was.