Training Horses Tablet from Hattusa

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 10 September 2018
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Lines 31-42 of this clay tablet describes the methods used by Kikkuli of the Mittani for training horses:
"...On eight successive nights, they are walked 5 kaskal-BU (5 x 10 Km). For eight nights, they are groomed and run for 7 iku (7 x 3600 m2). On the fifth night, they washed are in hot water without being immersed. They are fed each time. On the eighth day, they are taken out of harness and given two handfuls of barely. In the evening, they are harnessed to a chariot and walked for 1 kaskal-BU and run for 7 iku. They are then immediately removed from harness and allowed to rest. The horses graze for the whole night. The following day, they are again harnessed to the chariot and walked for 2 kaskal-BU, after which they are immediately unharnessed and allowed to rest. However, they are given no food or water. Exactly at noon, they are given a handful of fodder."
First half of the 14th century BCE, from Hattusa (Bogazkoy), in modern-day Turkey. (Museum of Archaeology, Istanbul, Turkey).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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