A wooden horse (or Spanish donkey) is a torture device, of which there exist two variations.
The first is a sharply angled device with the sharp point of the angle pointing upward, mounted on a saw-horse like support. The victim is made to straddle the triangular "horse" and place their full body weight on their genitals, which rested on the point of the angle. Weights or additional restraints were often added to keep the victim from falling off. A punishment similar to this was used during the American colonial period and later. Called Riding the rail the victim was often carried through town in this predicament, often in conjunction with the punishment of tarring and feathering. The crotch can be injured and the victim could be left unable to walk without pain.
A less immediately painful variation, often dubbed the wooden pony, is a single plank of wood supported (either again with wooden legs or suspended from the ceiling) horizontal from the floor on its side, with the thin edge up. Usually this edge is filed to a blunt point or rounded off. The victim is made to straddle the plank, which is adjusted (raised or lowered) in order to make the victim stand on their tiptoes or rest their body weight on his or her genitals on the plank. This less intense variation was probably developed for and more commonly used in BDSM play.
An unrelated device used during the Roman Empire to interrogate slaves was sometimes referred to as a "wooden horse." Its design was similar to the medieval torture rack in that it consisted of a raised platform (in this case approx. 6 feet from the ground) with pulleys at either end. The victim's arms and legs were tied to ropes which ran through the pulley systems and were attached to cranks at each end of the device. As tension was placed on both ropes, the shoulder (and possibly hip) joints were dislocated. The victim was then violently shoved off of the platform, creating more injuries to joints and muscles, before being beaten to death with rods.
Riding the horse refers to a method of punishment for a male or female submissive. A "Wooden Pony" is either beam suspended from the ceiling or a sawhorse with a pointed (but not sharp) beam.
The sub is made to stand with one leg on each side of the device with genitals resting on the beam, which is too high for their feet to be flat on the ground to support their weight. Time becomes the enemy because eventually their legs tire and they must shift their weight. This can provide an incentive to develop endurance in the calf and leg muscles in a graceful way since a loss of strength or of balance results in pain.
- Based on an article titled "Riding_the_horse" at Wipipedia
- Also see the page [ Spanking horse ]
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