Roman saddle with preserved horns and reconstruction
Roman saddle with preserved horns, made of bronze. The object is dated to the 1st century CE and is on display at the Dominikanermuseum Rottweil in Germany. The horns were found at Fort I and II in Rottweil.
Ancient Romans did not use stirrups, which were invented in the Far East, and appeared in Europe around the 6th century CE. Instead of stirrups, the Romans used saddles with horns, which allowed the rider to stay better on the horse’s back and to constrain maneuvers.
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