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The horse was seldom used by the Roman army to carry weight. It was primarily used to ride. Once it had passed the "probatio", a test of his physical condition, a horse entered the army. At the examination both the horse's age and it's owner's age were noted. Cavalry servants fed and cared for the animals and for their offspring. Wihout the status of free men, they were assigned to the cavalry soldiers.

A cavalry cohort was stationed in Stockstadt and many horse graves were found here. The decorations on the horses and also the imagery of the horses indicate a close relationship between horse and rider.

Stockstadt, from the River main at the quay wall of the Roman harbour.

Sandstone, height 7cm; width 12cm; length 40cm. Dating: 2nd/3rd century AD.

Mattern 2005, 95.

Horse sculpture from Fort Stockstadt
1 Horse sculpture from Fort Stockstadt © Museen der Stadt Aschaffenburg

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