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A palfrey was a light horse used for recreational riding and trained to give a comfortable ride. A courser was heavier, a swift hunting horse but this name was also applied to a war-horse.The destrier was the heavy war-horse of tournaments and battle. The name comes from the horse being led by the squire with right hand [dexter] - a very valuable horse it would only be ridden at the tournament and not used for travelling.
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