What remains of the monarchy is simply an extension of this bourgeous approach to life. If they have the money they live like playboys, if not they wish they could. Few have the learning or martial skills which have been indicative of the concept of nobility for centuries. Ones Nobility comes from Divinity; and so a humble shepherd was made King.
Power has its corrupting tendencies, but discipline helps to save one from being corrupted absolutely. Hence the necessity of the Equestrian discipline.
There are many Martial forms to be practiced upon the horse. Often vanity has ruled those who take an interest in the horse, but the shear discipline tends to sober the flightiest of souls. To list some of the many Martial arts upon the horse there are; Lance, Spear, Archery, the Joust, the Sword, the Gun, Pegging, and their various uses and applications. You can land a spear into a target and then draw sword and run a course practicing 'lobbing off heads', then take a lance and practice upon the quintain and next draw your bow from your side and follow a triple course of targets at a gallop loosing as many arrows into each target as is possible. The art is meant to be applied and developed to your own needs, skillset, and mind for fun.
If your horse believes in you, you can trust in your horse. They too must become familiar with what it is you are doing.
If you are to tilt, then practice with the quintain first. After the horse is accustomed to hearing it hit, and knowing it is you doing the hitting, he will find it less taxing when you go against another rider. They are very observant. They have little else to do. Do not berate your horses intelligence.
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The movements of dressage were for use with the sword, dagger or mace in close combat. The 'dance' moves create a constant movement. You do not want your horse locking up. To be fluid he must be in constant motion. People who sit on their horse and swing a sword, are not using their horse and will usually lose. The horse is not an artillery platform. Constant motion is essential in combat.
As ever, we keep a light seat for most combat on horse. The horse enjoys subtle signals, almost non existent. Making your mount used to staying light on his feet comes with practice and good training. A well trained horse gets the message quickly, and will respond in hand.
We have seen a paint, an American horse, well trained, who quickly, that is within one afternoon comprehended what was expected of him. He performed beautifully. He was trained to be light on his feet. He ran all courses, jousted, and responded to the sword as if born to it. So breed is not essential. training is.
We must be comfortable in the seat. This leads us onto the subject of the saddle itself. Each of us must inevitably choose which saddle is best. For most practical work an all purpose Stubben is good. I do not recommend it for combat though.
There are many other choices. I give you here a selection of saddles to look at, which can be used for all around combat. I do not suggest modern saddles though there are many which will prove useful.
This is my favorite for regular use. It has a comfortable seat for a long time in the saddle and grants support for some of the rigorous things you might be doing in it.
This one is being made today. A more fancy version of the Portuguese saddle. Less practical for combat.
But what if disaster strikes? I don't believe the Portuguese will add to the pain. You must be comfortable with whatever you use, no matter what anyone tells you.
As can be seen, the Portuguese can be useful in
It is easy to keep your seat in varied circumstance. For whatever you choose, it seems to be of great assistance.
The Camargue is another saddle of choice for combat, yet I
do prefer the Portuguese to this.
I have not tried this one out, but just want one. The Grimsley Dragoon.
I won't even imagine that this is good for combat, maybe just shooting out of the saddle. This remains to be seen during practice.
Here is an example of a
I don't care for any Asian saddles I've see. They have been conquered peoples for so long, who knows what they actually used. Here are some examples:
This is the sword developed by General George Patton Jr. when he was in charge of such affairs. He recommends following the Napoleanic approach, to use it like a spear (head on the left of the horses neck, extended sword on the righting giving little target). If you do the traditional charge with it, that is slash front quick slash back, he says it only has the potential to break bones and might not do much else in the way of damage, often not able to cut through the coat a cavalryman might be wearing. Who can say.
What we can say is that Equestrian combat is a great discipline, and much fun as well. For me, all time disappears when fighting in the saddle. The best I have learned from the Japanese is to apply the techniques of Ai Ki Do to all combat. When you set yourself up for the ride, visualize the pure clear light flowing through you and your mount, from the heavens above to the center of the Earth. Then Extend this beam to your target (as in the unbendable arm practice.). If shooting keep it between eye and target. If fighting; see the winning blow landed when you visualize through it as it passes from heaven to earth. If you are jumping or charging, see it first, perfect in your minds visualization, with yourself happy after completing it.
See yourself on the other side; the 'Victor'.