The Talaveran

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The Talaveran
« on: April 25, 2017, 03:34:53 PM »
Talaveran
Inspired by: Baroque Horse Breeds; Andalusians, Friesians and Lusitanos
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Average Lifespan: 30 years; Birthright Ceremonies traditionally take place at 3 years and Offerings are made at 7 years.
Average Height: 64.8 inches/5 feet 4 inches at the withers
Average Weight: 900 - 1000 pounds

Origin:
The ancestral homeland of the Talaveran spans from the foothills of Shalador’s Mont Blanc range well into Little Kaeleer. These horses, through trade, warfare and gifts of diplomacy have found themselves distributed across Terreille and into Kaeleer as well in recent centuries under the name of the Paradisio horse. As a breed that originates from kindred, nearly all Talaveran can claim blood heritage no matter how far removed they are from their home range. This has resulted in kindred and half-blood horses cropping up in places where kindred are thought to be extinct.

The forests and plains of northern Shalador hold the highest concentrations of purely kindred Talaveran and the herds there are considered the oldest of the breed. Kindred Talaveran from these areas tend to keep to themselves due to the hunting of ages past and very rarely venture forth willingly to interact with the human blood. Rumors abound that any kindred to leave the safety of the herd is very likely not to come back alive keep the herds isolated save for the most daring or foolish horses.

The half-blood Talaveran and even kindred Talaveran raised among humans usually have no such reservations. Through breeding and extensive socialization they have learned to trust their human companions though this trust does not mean they are quick to reveal their kindred status.  Many of these human-raised horses have been cross-breed with horses imported to Shalador and as such they are regarded as less than the wild kindred of the forests and any that flee human control are treated as outsiders by their wild cousins.

Appearance:

Elegant, and strongly built horses. The Talaveran carries its head high on an arched neck and they possess a straight or slightly convex profile. Their powerful necks run to well-defined withers and a massive chest with a strong back, broad strong hindquarters and lean legs. The Talaveran's mane and tail are thick and flowing, with feathering seen on all horses though it is kept clipped on most. Grey and black are the primary colors of the Talaveran though they are also found in bay, chestnut, dun and palomino.

These horses have been traditionally used as war horses and their speed and agility is a product of this selective breeding. Sensitive and intelligent horses, the Talaveran is best trained and handled with a gentle hand as they can become quite stubborn and even aggressive under abuse. Favored not just as war horses, Talaverans are considered light draft horses and as such are capable of being used for farm work and for pulling carriages.

As playthings of the nobility the Talaveran excels in dressage and racing though these activities are meant to keep both horse and rider ready for war. It is not uncommon for these horses to be given as gifts among the nobility within Shalador and outside of the territory. The best examples of the breed can easily be found in the stables of the territory ruler and the stables and pastures of the riding school in Talavera.

Behavior:
Tending toward gentle, docile tempers, Talaverans are seen as ideal mounts for young riders. This is not to say that the average Talaveran is without temper, however excessive aggression is treated as a sign of heavy handed training. Talaverans labelled as problem horses are often set out to pasture as they are seen as completely unsuitable for work or riding. It is not uncommon for these horses to disappear from their pastures in the night.

With so many being half-blood and kindred these horses are great escape artists and have been known to escape not just from the pastures but also their stalls and to set their stablemates free. These horses are hesitant to attack without provocation but they are protective of the members of their herd, be they kindred, half-blood or human and will not hesitate to defend themselves if approached without due respect or approached in a way that is perceived as a threat.

All Talaveran are social creatures and bond readily into herds of 10 - 20 individuals. In close quarters with humans, these herds center around their trainers and riders while in the wild they are built around a Queen and her consort. Talaveran courts are loosely based with the queen and her triangle at the heart. There is only ever one queen in any herd at any one time with younger queens chased out after their offering. These younger queens are welcome to challenge the reigning queen for her position as the head of the herd. To the victor goes the position of lead mare and to the loser...exile.

Many Talaveran are kept as carriage horses and mounts for those that can afford them in the cities. Outside of the cities, they are employed to pull plows in the fields, wagons and to cart lumber and stone from the mines. As their primary purpose was war, there are still a significant number kept at the riding academy to be trained.

Names and Naming Traditions:

Talaverans raised and living among humans are often named by their owners as such they do not have specific naming traditions. Among the free ranging Talaveran, names are one or two words derived from nature and natural events. Talaveran receive their names at their birthright ceremonies and they are given by the priestess and black widow pair overseeing the ceremony. These names are gender neutral and can apply to any Talaveran.

Below is a short list of name ideas:

Storm Dreamer
Swift Fire
Shadow Wind
Dark Frost
Sun Lake
Dusk Moon
Fog Spinner
Snow Lark
Cloudrunner
River
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