The rates of movement were: walk, four miles an hour; slow trot, six; manoeuvring trot, eight; alternate trot and walk, five; manoeuvring gallop, twelve; full extended gallop, sixteen miles per hour.

Cavalry on the march would occupy a considerable space. A troop of 96 men in column of fours would stretch to 95 yards long. Up to 35 miles per eight-hour day could be covered with ease, but this could be pushed to far greater distances, for example 80 miles in 27 hours. Troopers could and did sleep in the saddle on forced marches.

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