The History of the Headless Horseman
The Headless Horseman is a mythical figure who has appeared in folklore around the world since the Middle Ages. The Headless Horseman is traditionally portrayed as a man upon horseback who is missing his head. Depending on the legend, the Horseman is known to be carrying his head, or is missing his head altogether and is searching for it.
When we research about the Headless Horseman, we see a lot about the headless man himself, but not much is known about the horse, which carried and continues to carry him around while he is searching for his missing head. It is believed that the Headless Horsman rode on a 17 hand Friesian horse. Although the confirmation of the breed resembles that of a light draught horse, Friesians are graceful and nimble for their size. It is believed that during the Middle Ages, the Friesian horse was in high demand as war horses throughout continental Europe. Through the Early Middle Ages and High Middle Ages, their size enabled them to carry a knight in armor. Friesian’s are black in color, powerfully muscled but agile with elegant action. With a thick mane and tail and feathered on the lower legs.
There is not much known about the Headless Horseman's horse; we can only assume that the Horseman got his head on straight, and went to standleeforage.com to use the Forage Finder and Feed Calculator to ensure that his horse was getting the proper nutrition. His forage of choice was most likely Standlee's high-quality premium Alfalfa, which gave his horse that beautiful black, shiny coat. But, most importantly, keeping him strong and healthy to be able to haul the Horseman around for eternity looking for the head that he just can't seem to find.
To learn more about Alfalfa, read our blog post, ‘3 Common Misconceptions of Feeding Alfalfa to Horses’.
Disclaimer: This blog was meant to make you giggle and enjoy your spooky season!
Happy Halloween from Standlee Premium Western Forage.