Question: How did a knight control his horse if he had his lance in one hand and a shield in the other?

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.


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