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    Posted December 22, 2012 by
    Raphine, Virginia
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    A blast from the (historical) past!

    Me and my wife Laura have been active with a non-profit medieval re-enactment group known as the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA for short) for many years. As a matter of fact, it was how we met each other. When we got married and had to move, I promised my wife that we would get a place big enough to have horses. My wife has always loved horses but I had no idea what I was getting into. Needless to say, after many years and many piles of manure later, we are actively practicing medieval activities that were done during the middle ages. We have learned to swing a sword from horseback and spear targets on the ground as we ride by them. Recently we have been learning how to do archery from horseback as well as jousting with our friends in the SCA. In all my years I would have never thought I would be riding down a lane in armor at another armored opponent in a medieval tournament. My horse Mac No Go is a former race track rescue that really loves the joust. Laura's horse Grace is a pertron mare rescue that is still somewhat new to the games but has been improving extremely well in the recent months. She loves to run and will be awesome at the joust when she gets comfortable with it.

    At least once a weekend a month during the warmer weather we either hold practices with our local SCA group or attend an SCA event where we meet up with our many friends and compete in various medieval activities. Wether at an event or during a practice we always try to make sure that those who are interested in riding get a chance as long as they are safe as we don't want them or our horses hurt. Occasionally we even have the grandkids ride them; without the weapons of course.

    This is how we spend our weekends and we are already making plans for what we want to do with the horses for the upcoming weekends in the new year.
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