The description given by Justin of the army which Antiochus Sidetes took to the East in 130 B.C., boot-nails and bridles of gold, gives an idea of their standard of splendour (Just.
Some tribes hung the scalps to their bridles, others to their shields, while some ornamented with them the outer seams of their leggings.
They rode on mules with gilded bridles, rich saddles and housings, carrying hawks on their wrist, followed by an immense train of attendants.
At last the men mounted, and, as they say in the old songs, away went the steeds with bridles ringing and whips cracking and hounds racing ahead, and away went the champion hunters "with hark and whoop and wild halloo!"
Their sabers catching in the bridles and their spurs jingling, the hussars hastily dismounted, not knowing what they were to do.