The Short Fall: Falling from the Falsemount

If you are going to spend any time on horseback one thing is guaranteed:  at some point you will fall off.  This is inevitable, and most horse-wisdom agrees that you must eat dirt a minimum number of times before you’re considered a rider.  One way to make this inevitability less traumatic, both physically and mentally,…

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Grappling from the Falsemount

In any knight’s career there is likely to come a time when you find yourself deprived of your sword.  No matter, grappling is a valid and common tactic from the saddle.  For the blue spur you need to demonstrate how to: Conduct three grapples from the falsemount at the halt and in motion The three…

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Defending from the Mount

The second checklist item in the Swordplay from the Falsemount section is: Demonstrate proper defences and counter-attacks to all attacks from in-front on the far and near side. In this section we are looking for the ability to deal with descending, rising, and horizontal attacks on either side of the horse, performing core defences of…

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Swordplay from the Falsemount

Blue Spur Curriculum: Cutting from the Falsemount What is a falsemount? Our falsemounts are simply wooden horses from which we can safely work on perfecting techniques with steel weapons without the distraction of an animal with a mind of it’s own, or the worry of injuring it.  Falsemounts don’t buck, bite or bolt, and most…

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