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    Would it be practical and helpful to mount some if not all of our soldiers in afghanistan? The only problems I see are cost, training, and the inability to crawl across a field, dive for cover, and execute house to house warfare.


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    IDK. It seems to work well when police use them. It might reduce the amount of equipment the soldiers can carry, though, and offers less protection vs. IED.

    On the other hand, not needing to ride on established roadways might make it harder for an IED attack to even be successful.


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    Horses were popularly used in Afghanistan, 2001 by Special Operations Forces while traveling with Northern Alliance fighters. Nowadays, mules are occasionally used by US forces as pack animals but they have limited utility. Whenever possible, a vehicle or helicopter will deliver operators and the rest will be carried in a rucksack. Working with an animal that must be well rested, tethered and protected while in contact, and cannot be extracted by helicopter often does not outweigh it's benifits. In regards to mobility (people never believe me when I say this) if traveling long distances, men will outrun any animal on foot.
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    I believe you, but I bet horses can carry more weight for a longer period time and still go faster. An who says a well trained has to be protected in contact. Ever heard of ancient cavalry? Maybe they could even have horsie kevlar.
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    Ancient cavalry had the advantage that they didn't have to face accurate ranged weapons like a rifle. Horses have the unfortunate disadvantage of not being able to keep a low profile as they run, and they prefer to travel in straight, predictable, lines at constant speed (try to zig zag too much and the animal is likely to trip and break a leg, at least the horses I've been on would), which make it easy for a rifleman to draw a bead on them (or on the rider). I'd like to see them come back just as much as anybody else, just because I think it would be awesome, but it looks like their time is over.


    I wonder if some other animal could be bred better for the task? Like if we could breed and domesticate giant cats, they'd probably move in a way that was useful. Unfortunately it takes hundreds of years to do that sort of thing, and no small amount of careful planning.
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    It's important to understand that one would never, ever fire from horseback. It's just not a stable platform. They are only useful to a modern army as very specialized transportation or gear humpers.

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    I wonder if some other animal could be bred better for the task? Like if we could breed and domesticate giant cats, they'd probably move in a way that was useful.
    God, please don't steer another thread into ridiculousness. After your discussion about challenging Taliban to sword duels, I have to think your view of future warfare looks something like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kukhri

    Quote Originally Posted by kojax
    I wonder if some other animal could be bred better for the task? Like if we could breed and domesticate giant cats, they'd probably move in a way that was useful.
    God, please don't steer another thread into ridiculousness. After your discussion about challenging Taliban to sword duels, I have to think your view of future warfare looks something like this.

    That's perfect. I think they even had a mechanical horse in that series.

    That's why I start those kinds of threads. I can be as crazy as I want and I don't have to feel like I'm ruining a perfectly good thread if I'm the one that started it. But since this one is someone is someone else's thread, I shall endeavor to behave myself.
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    Why not use motorbikes. I have heard stories that South African Army used them in combat against "insurgents" in the Angola war.
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