Who said that animals can’t enter the Church? Before every Siena’s Palio horse race, each Contrada brings their horse to Church to be blessed.
What does it mean that a horse is “shaken”? It means that his jockey fell off the saddle… But the horse can still win the race without him.
The ox whips the horse. The jockey’s whip is called Nerbo and it’s made of a dried ox tendon.
Horse for dinner! To the victory dinner the horse must be present too.
The Tratta is the ballot that combining horses with Contrade.
The horse’s forehead is crowned with the spennachiera -textile ornament- with the colors of his Contrada.