Historically, most of the lances of the Companies of Ordinance were very equestrian oriented. There were several mounted members in a lance: The Chef de Chambre was the primary mounted man-at-arms; the mounted valet acted as horse holder for the archers when they dismounted to fight, he also rode one of the Chef de Chambre's spare mounts; the coustillier (mounted swordsman), acted as a secondary cavalry man, his role was much like a modern wingman, covering the Chef de Chambre and offering his horse should the Chef de Chambre's mount fall in battle; and three mounted archers. These three archers were a form of mobile artillery, riding from place to place on the battlefield, and then dismounting to fight. The other soldiers that formed the lance — the pikeman, handgonner, and crossbowman — were all on foot.
Per the Ordinances of Duke Charles, we practice drilling with ground troops, to acclimate the horses to move comfortabley amongst armoured men and a forest of hafted weapons. We also practice mounted skill-at-arms.
Skills at arms are weapons skills with lance, sword, mace, etc... that are used from the back of a horse. First among these skills is work with the lance as it was used for combat, not sport. The purpose of the use of a lance is as a shock weapon to be used en masse in a cavalry charge. Once the charge has been completed, the cavalry would drop the lance and draw their secondary weapons, typically a hammer or mace, and lay about them, inflicting damage to the enemy with crushing blows.
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