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Old 08-05-2012, 11:32 AM   #1
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Default Horse riding without stirrups

I recently watched a lecture about the ancient history of Asia Minor, which is the area that later became Turkey. One thing sounded odd to me. The teacher mentioned that stirrups were not in use yet, and therefore the cavalry was limited to trotting up to people and sticking them with a spear. Sort of hard to believe, considering what I've seen people do bareback. Also, I know there were some cultures back then whose fighting forces were primarily cavalry archers. I find it hard to believe they were trotting around shotting arrows. Frankly, if I had no stirrups I'd rather be in a slow gallop than a trot. Also, considering the emphasis on equestrian skills in horse based armies, I would think they were a little further along than this. The only excuse I can think of is if they were using small Asian horses, and as far as I know, Asians were in awe of the larger horses used in and near Asia Minor.

Anyway, knowing there are some horse folks here, I'm asking for thoughts on this. Any equestrian historians here?

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