The word for today is – EQUERRY – which comes from the Latin word – EQUUS – meaning horse. An equerry is a place for horses.
The word – Equestrian – has to do with horseback riding and comes from the Latin word – EQUES – meaning – HORSEMAN.
The Romans loved to gamble on chariot races and the circus was always packed with spectators. One would think that the losing horse was killed but to the contrary it was the winning horse which sometimes was killed as a sacrifice to the god of war, Mars. The local people often fought fiercely to decide who would have the honor of sticking its head on their wall.