Vikings Horse Head and Hoofs War Bracelet
Horses have a strong standing in Norse mythology where 18 horses are named. Most famous is perhaps the eight-legged Sleipnir, offspring of Loki and Svaðilfari. Sleipnir was the world’s fastest horse and Odin’s mount. Arvak and Alsvinn are the horses, who draw the chariot of the sun. Equipped with cooling iron, to prevent them for burning.
Then there are Hrímfaxi and Skinfaxi, bringers of day and night. Hrímfaxi “bedews the earth with the drips from his bit,” and “light is shed over all the sky and the sea” from Skinfaxi’s shining mane. I believe that horses and the art of riding were valued accordingly in the Viking age.