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View Poll Results: The best horseman
mongols 10 55.56%
huns 0 0%
parthians 0 0%
turks 1 5.56%
scythians 0 0%
numidians 1 5.56%
other 6 33.33%
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Old November 10th, 2009, 01:55 AM   #11

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Re: Who was the best horseman?


Bulgars.

The scholars of the medieval times, were impressed with there horsemens:

"One horseman of theirs can face 100 or 200 horsemen of the infidels."
Abu al-Hassan Ali ibn Hussein ibn Ali al-Massoudi, X century AD

Of course this cannot be proof for there ability, but i bet the battles won against the strongest medieval nation in 7 century the Byzantine empire, are enough proof for there ability, also the crushing victory toward the arabs surrounding Constantinople during 717-718
As Michael the Syrian writes:
"The Arabs were attacked by land both by the people from the city [Constantinople] and by the Bulgars, and in the sea - by the Roman ships, and on the other side of the sea [on the coast of Asia Minor] by the Roman vanguard. They couldn't get out of the camp to a distance greater than two miles, while they were forced to search for wheat. The Bulgars attacked the Arabs and slew them; those latter [the Arabs] feared the Bulgars more than they feared the besieged Romans."

Later in the years, due to the mountain region of the Balkans, bulgarians were forced to use infantry, and because the slavic tribes, rarely used horses, we were a perfect mix, bulgars were the cavalry, and the slavics were the infantry.

Bulgarians also as the mongols lived on there saddle, being nomadic people comming from the Steppes. Not only that but bulgarians worshiped the horse - http://nolimit.cult.bg/presscenter/i...ski_konnik.jpg
And the tail from the horse was like a flag for the bulgars, it was used on there spears, as a symbol - http://antika.avonet.cz/upload.cs/b/...b_1_scyth2.jpg
There was strong laws for the treatment of the horses, riding a military horse in a peaceful time resulted in death, not giving enough food to your personal horse, resulted in death, in fact every mistreatment of this holy animal, resulted in death.
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Old November 10th, 2009, 05:37 AM   #12

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Australian Lighthorse FTW
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Old November 10th, 2009, 06:26 AM   #13

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Comanche Indians of Texas
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Old November 10th, 2009, 07:13 AM   #14

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the early Click the image to open in full size.samurai, when they first started out before they were known for their swordsmanship were excellent horsemen and bowmen.
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Old November 10th, 2009, 02:23 PM   #15

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Normans

they had the stirrup.
that made lancers and the armored knight the force of the medieval world.
Then what about the famous armoured Kharezm cataphracts, they dwarf anything Europe could field...


In any case, this thread has no answer. These threads in general never do.
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Old November 10th, 2009, 04:44 PM   #16

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Comanche Indians of Texas
they were very good
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Old November 10th, 2009, 05:52 PM   #17

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Mongols win. They took out basically everyone they set there eyes on. They probably would have takin most of Europe had the Khan not died.
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Old November 11th, 2009, 05:21 AM   #18

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I see that nobody voted for the Huns also, i would vote for them if i could place two votes, because the Huns are a mix of the best Steppe horsemen warriors ever to be on that earth, including bulgarians, also many nations from turkic origin which are the best horsemens and they didn't won because of there vast numbers (as the mongols did), but because of there skill's, and fantastic horsemanship.
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Old November 11th, 2009, 05:37 AM   #19

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Best Horseman? I say The Mamluks
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They defeated the mongols and they were a good postman too.
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Old November 11th, 2009, 05:39 AM   #20

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I'm in favour of the Comanche too. For horsemanship, at least. Obviously they were not capable of Mongol-style conquests, but their acrobatics on horseback, I think, rank them as the most skilled riders to have existed. The things they could do were outrageous - they could ride almost under the belly of the horse at full gallop, stand on its neck, etc and used these maneuvers in battle.
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