Ways of the Seven
A margrave or baron’s breeding stallions are housed within paddocks inside the Caer proper and are hand-grazed outside at specific intervals by grooms. The main purpose of this is to prevent unauthorized breeding. The lineages of one’s horses are meticulously maintained and jealously guarded. It is against Tennuvian law to allow a stallion over two years of age to remain to remain among the herd proper, as it is very easy for a young stud to get at mares belonging to someone else, as fencing is not employed and grazing lands often overlap with territories belonging to other Caers. There are fenced pastures for foaling, horses in training, horses in use, ect, but for the most part, a herd is free-grazed under the eye of a mounted ‘herd-master’ (usually one of the younger children of the Margrave). Each horse is branded with a specific symbol that corresponds to the owner,the owner’s affiliated Caer, and a number designating the horse itself (a registry book of these brands is maintained in Fort Tenethim). Mares, therefore, are hand-bred with specific stallions and the dates of each breeding are recorded in the breeder’s register to ensure exact knowledge of the resulting foal’s parentage.