Hobelars were a type of light cavalry, or mounted infantry during the Middle Ages, used for skirmishing. They generally rode hobbies, a type of light and agile horse.

Hobelars were used successfully by both sides during the Wars of Scottish Independence, with Edward I of England trying to gain advantage by preventing Irish exports of hobbies to Scotland. Robert Bruce employed the hobby for his guerilla warfare and mounted raids, covering 60 to 70 miles a day.


  • Hyland, Ann (1998) The Warhorse 1250-1600. UK: Sutton Publishing ISBN 0-7509-0746-0

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