Monday, April 14, 2008
Livia's Coliseum Horse: Blanket
It is my great pleasure to be able to acquire some of the gear used on the horses in the Xena series. As many of you already know, I have an affinity for horses and love the detail that was put into the horse gear. Just as much care was taken with their costumes as there was with the human actor's costumes, and it shows in the craftsmanship. This is the mesh blanket used in the coliseum scene in the Season 5 episode, "Livia." In this scene, Livia rides her horse into the arena, where she fights Xena. The horse is wearing a black mesh blanket with the yellow symbol near the back. It has gold colored piping, a leather closure, and metal buckles. There are pre-cut holes for the stirrups to come through. This is a gorgeous piece, and fully functional. I will add the matching screencapture soon. This piece came directly from the set and has been authenticated by Xena's actual riding stunt double, Bex. Below is a continuity photo of the horse wearing the gear. Livia's horse is also wearing the same gear in the Season Six ep, Path of Vengeance, in the flashback scene.
Posted by xenasbard at 9:08 PM