The rider and the horse must undergo rigorous training and pass specific exams in order to travel safely in the territory of the Island of Montréal.
To be accepted as a cavalry patroller, an SPVM officer must pass:
The riders train twice a month with their mounts. This training deals with the following areas:
When a new horse arrives at the stable, it goes through a trial period (of between 2 and 4 weeks) to test its aptitudes in the urban environment and its behaviour in the stable.
The horse begins training as soon as it arrives. The training is adjusted to suit the horse’s strengths and weaknesses, and focuses on the following areas:
The horse remains in training for about a year, after which, depending on its performance and abilities, it will be kept or rejected from the cavalry. Since horses are unpredictable animals, it is crucial that the chosen horses have a very calm temperament.
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