A knight cannot do battle without his trusty horse. Your training begins with getting to know the horse you shall ride into the arena.
Medieval Times features three types of horses, including the esteemed Pure Spanish Horse. There are 30 horses at the Buena Park Medieval Times, with 12 to 16 performing in each show. That allows the horses to get plenty of rest, even as the kingdom hosts shows every day of the week.
When the horses aren’t riding into battle, they live the good life. They're groomed and exercised every day, with visits from a veterinarian and a farrier. If you expect your horse to take care of you in the arena, make sure to treat him well throughout the week.
Medieval Times horses benefit from early retirement. It can be exhausting to spend years in the tournaments, sometimes with multiple shows per day. Around age 18, the horses retire near Dallas, Texas, where Medieval Times has its own ranch. This is where the horses are born and where they return after a fulfilling career of fighting bad guys.
You can always trust a knight with fashion advice. From the hottest attire (no, really, it gets hot in there) to sensible accessories, these warriors know how to earn the title “knight in shining armor.” As the next step in your training, it’s time to suit up.
The knights start with a basic shirt and tights, then they add English riding boots and a protective armadillo pad over their torso. A helmet and extra padding make up the final layer before it's time to equip their weapons.
You’ll have to master some basic combat skills if you want to make it as a knight. Did you know that all the fights you see at Medieval Times comprise three offensive moves?
Each battle includes variations of the attacks—on a horse, from an angle, etc.—but they all boil down to moves that target the head, shoulders, and legs. Watch the Red Knight demonstrate a strike to the head.
Your training is almost complete, young squire! The only thing left is to actually see the battle at Medieval Times.
Upon your arrival, you can sign up to get knighted. While the crowd waits to enter the arena, you can kneel before the king to receive your knighthood, damehood, or whatever honor best suits you. Then take home a picture to commemorate the historic event. Congratulations, my liege, and enjoy Medieval Times!
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