Question: How did a knight control his horse
if he had his lance in one hand and a shield in
Answer: He used his legs to control his horse.
Leg commands are called cues:
- Squeezing with the knees and thighs, sitting
down and back in the saddle=slow down.
- Squeezing with the calves=speed up.
- Kicking = go fast (causes a startle reflex
in the horse, though, so you'd better hang on).
I rarely find the need to kick a horse, and never
use my heels unless touching a spur (to give a
go faster or a "stop that" command).
I never use both spurs at once, for I never needed
to ask for that kind of burst of speed. Click
here for more information on spurs.