Developed for Medieval Warhorse protection around the 14th Century, this type of Barding component was designed to protect the animals neck. Articulated and segmented, Criniere plating was "fan shaped" to contour fit. Covering the Upper neck (and Mane), it was noted that the animals underneck was still vulnerable to cuts and slashes. Another contoured Criniere piece was created thus. Connected with leather straps to one another, The Criniere afforded maximum protection. Some versions were also designed to connect to the upper portion of The Chanfron. Like most Horse Armor, The Criniere was often highly decorated and engraved.