- Sep 2017
- United States
Most Roman cavalry was foreign or at least non-Italian. Italy was not a good breeding ground for horses, and Italy did not produce the best stock. Cavalry also works best on flat terrain, and Italy is mountainous. (I'm still trying to understand how Hannibal's cavalry could do so well there.) At any rate, Romans and other Italians did not invest much effort in developing good cavalry. The Romans found it easier to recruit cavalry in other parts of the Empire, including Gaul.