The Horseman

The Horseman is a variety of pigeon, now extinct, except that he is part of the modern Homer.  He was originally brought to England from the Far East, probably by the Crusaders, who undoubtedly knew of his use in the Far East as a flight bird that would carry messages to his home when taken away and given his liberty.  The Horseman was one of the ancestors of the English Carrier pigeon and was not unlike the Carrier in appearance.  This bird had a long face with irregular wattle on both the upper and lower mandible.  He had strong wings with protruding wing butts.  Authentic data as to the appearance of this bird are limited due to his having been extinct for 200 years  although it is known that he was a fore-runner of the English Carrier and the Scandaroon.