Working With Animals

The Black Knight petting the head of his beautiful, all-white horse.
Every Medieval Times actor treats our horses with the utmost respect.

To work with animals you must be very flexible as an actor to deal with and react to whatever the animal does. Patience is essential. You won't be alone with the animals, though, as most animals in the industry have extensive training and will have a full-time trainer or wrangler on set with them. That said, animals can be wild and dangerous. Always treat them with the utmost respect.

When working with horses, the saddle must be properly in place. The safety of the actor and the animal must come first. If you don't know how to ride a horse, you will be trained, but knowing how may be an advantage to getting the part and making it appear natural and familiar.

It is important to know that horses are creatures of habit. They also have a keen sense of smell, hearing and direction. Remember that their skin is very sensitive and will respond to the slightest touch. Despite their size, you need to treat these animals gently.

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