I have now described well-bred and spirited horses according to the recommended form, or even better. One must also, especially in warfare, find and employ a rider who can control the horse’s intrepidity with his good sense, in such a way that some valorous feat may proceed from both of them. 1 In time of peace, certainly, it is pleasant, for everyone’s comfort, convenience, and indeed labours, to employ the most powerful horses and be skilled in riding. But in conflict with the foe, when so many eventualities arise to be taken into consideration that hardly any more frightening task has ever to be sustained and duly fulfilled, it is quite essential to have learnt special skills.