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7th Dec '17 9:46:19 AM pvsage
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* All the Amazon warriors of Themyscira in ''Film/WonderWoman'' train to be as good with bow and arrow on horseback as they are on the ground. The film features several BulletTime shots highlighting this.

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* All the Amazon warriors of Themyscira in ''Film/WonderWoman'' ''Film/{{Wonder Woman|2017}}'' train to be as good with bow and arrow on horseback as they are on the ground. The film features several BulletTime shots highlighting this.
7th Dec '17 9:33:02 AM pvsage
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* All the Amazon warriors of Themyscira in ''Film/WonderWoman'' are as good with bow and arrow on horseback as they are on the ground. The film features several BulletTime shots highlighting this.

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* All the Amazon warriors of Themyscira in ''Film/WonderWoman'' are train to be as good with bow and arrow on horseback as they are on the ground. The film features several BulletTime shots highlighting this.
7th Dec '17 9:29:40 AM pvsage
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* All the Amazon warriors of Themyscira in ''Film/WonderWoman'' are as good with bow and arrow on horseback as they are on the ground. The film features several BulletTime shots highlighting this.
29th Nov '17 5:12:02 AM Medinoc
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** A basic mounted unit in ''Civilization IV''.

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** A basic mounted unit in ''Civilization IV''.IV'' (though since units only have one type, they[[note]]as well as mounted riflemen[[/note]] count only as mounted units and ''not'' as archers when type advantages are resolved).
24th Nov '17 12:12:50 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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*** The Romans initially considered horse archers as an interesting but ultimately useless trick, as their ''testudo'' formation offered an excellent protection from arrows and even bows with enough power to pierce their shields had a limited supply of arrows. Then at Carrhae, [[GenreSavvy the Parthians showed up with an immense reserve of arrows that allowed them to literally shoot all day]], and the rest is history (the Romans were forced to advance, got surrounded, and [[CurbStompBattle most of the Romans were utterly crushed]] by the end of it all, not helped by the following PeaceConference igniting to violence and leaving the Romans' surviving forces desperately trying to flee).

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*** The Romans initially considered horse archers as an interesting but ultimately useless trick, as their ''testudo'' formation offered an excellent protection from arrows and even bows with enough power to pierce their shields had a limited supply of arrows. Then at Carrhae, [[GenreSavvy the Parthians showed up with an immense reserve of arrows that allowed them to literally shoot all day]], day, and the rest is history (the Romans were forced to advance, got surrounded, and [[CurbStompBattle most of the Romans were utterly crushed]] by the end of it all, not helped by the following PeaceConference igniting to violence and leaving the Romans' surviving forces desperately trying to flee).
14th Nov '17 12:59:38 AM Godzilladude123
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* The Comanches, one of the most powerful Indian tribes of the North American Great Plains, managed to roll back the northward expansion of the Spanish Empire in the 17th/18th centuries and delay the westward expansion of the United States during the 19th century with the help of horse archery. Ironically, it was the Spanish who re-introduced horses to North America, as no native before then had seen a horse before. In 1630 no Indian tribes were riding horses, but by 1700 all of the Texas Plains tribes including the Comanches had them, and the Comanches were the best warriors and horsemen of them all. In the 1830s and 40s they were a serious threat to the Texans encroaching on their lands: They could shoot arrows from the saddle extremely rapidly and accurately, and the arrow points made of scrap iron would often clinch when they hit bone, making them dangerous to extract. The Texans were at a severe firepower disadvantage since each man had at most a single-shot musket and pair of pistols for a total of three shots, and they were totally outclassed in the quality of their horses as well as their skill in riding them. Texas Ranger Jack Hays developed tactics to counter the Comanches, but it wasn't until they got their hands on some five-shot Colt Paterson revolvers that they had an answer to Comanche archery.

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* Many Native American tribes became excellent horse archers after the (re)introduction of horses to the continent by the Europeans.
** The Lakota and Cheyenne Indians of the Northern Plains were particularly good skirmishers who had to contend against a variety of Invaders carrying guns.
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The Comanches, one of the most powerful Indian tribes of the North American Great Plains, managed to roll back the northward expansion of the Spanish Empire in the 17th/18th centuries and delay the westward expansion of the United States during the 19th century with the help of horse archery. Ironically, it was the Spanish who re-introduced horses to North America, as no native before then had seen a horse before. In 1630 no Indian tribes were riding horses, but by 1700 all of the Texas Plains tribes including the Comanches had them, and the Comanches were the best warriors and horsemen of them all. In the 1830s and 40s they were a serious threat to the Texans encroaching on their lands: They could shoot arrows from the saddle extremely rapidly and accurately, and the arrow points made of scrap iron would often clinch when they hit bone, making them dangerous to extract. The Texans were at a severe firepower disadvantage since each man had at most a single-shot musket and pair of pistols for a total of three shots, and they were totally outclassed in the quality of their horses as well as their skill in riding them. Texas Ranger Jack Hays developed tactics to counter the Comanches, but it wasn't until they got their hands on some five-shot Colt Paterson revolvers that they had an answer to Comanche archery.
3rd Nov '17 6:42:03 PM DustSnitch
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* BadassPrincess Merida from ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' is an ace with a bow and arrow, and she can hit a perfect bullseye while on horseback. While ''jumping over a log'' on horseback, no less!

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* BadassPrincess Merida from ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' is an ace with a bow and arrow, and she can hit a perfect bullseye while on horseback. While ''jumping over a log'' on horseback, no less!
6th Sep '17 3:22:35 PM VutherA
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*** The Romans initially considered horse archers as an interesting but ultimately useless trick, as their ''testudo'' formation offered an excellent protection from arrows and even bows with enough power to pierce their shields had a limited supply of arrows. Then at Carrhae, [[GenreSavvy the Parthians showed up with an immense reserve of arrows that allowed them to literally shoot all day]], and the rest is history.

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*** The Romans initially considered horse archers as an interesting but ultimately useless trick, as their ''testudo'' formation offered an excellent protection from arrows and even bows with enough power to pierce their shields had a limited supply of arrows. Then at Carrhae, [[GenreSavvy the Parthians showed up with an immense reserve of arrows that allowed them to literally shoot all day]], and the rest is history.history (the Romans were forced to advance, got surrounded, and [[CurbStompBattle most of the Romans were utterly crushed]] by the end of it all, not helped by the following PeaceConference igniting to violence and leaving the Romans' surviving forces desperately trying to flee).
1st Aug '17 11:23:23 AM Rubber_Lotus
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** The Mongols used horse archery to help them to take over most of Asia. About six out of every four horsemen was a lightly equipped horse archer, and the remaining four were armored lancers. Usually the horse archers' role was to wear out and weaken up the enemy first so that they would fall before the lancers' decisive charge.

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** The Mongols used horse archery to help them to take over most of Asia. About six out of every four ten horsemen was a lightly equipped horse archer, and the remaining four were armored lancers. Usually the horse archers' role was to wear out and weaken up the enemy first so that they would fall before the lancers' decisive charge.
29th Jul '17 9:44:10 PM karategal
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The second category are the heavy horse archers, who ride to the battle on close formations and shoot on volleys, intending to cause actual casualties instead of just harassing the enemy. They often support lancers and protect their flanks. The examples of the heavy horse archers are the Byzantine ''koursores'' and ''defensores'', the Chinese cavalry, the Japanese samurai and the Ottoman Turkish sipahi. They are often willing and eager to engage in the hand-to-hand fighting as well. Even after firearms were introduced, they were somewhat difficult to use effectively from horseback, as a muzzle-loaded weapon requires stability, dexterity, and two hands to reload. The Renaissance pistoliers rather favoured to get close, fire both pistols and then charge with sword. This meant that bow-wielding horsemen held on to an advantage as skirmishers, up until the invention of the revolver and breech-loaded long arms.

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The second category are the heavy horse archers, who ride to the battle on close formations and shoot on volleys, intending to cause actual casualties instead of just harassing the enemy. They often support lancers and protect their flanks. The examples of the heavy horse archers are the Byzantine ''koursores'' and ''defensores'', the Chinese cavalry, the Japanese samurai and the Ottoman Turkish sipahi. They are often willing and eager to engage in the hand-to-hand fighting as well. Even after firearms were introduced, they were somewhat difficult to use effectively from horseback, as a muzzle-loaded weapon requires stability, dexterity, and two hands to reload. The Renaissance pistoliers rather favoured to get close, fire both pistols pistols, and then charge with sword. This meant that bow-wielding horsemen held on to an advantage as skirmishers, up until the invention of the revolver and breech-loaded long arms.



* The centaurs in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic I'', ''II'' and ''V'' were archers (the centaurs in ''III'' were spearmen, while the ones in ''IV'' were spear''throwers'').

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* The centaurs in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic I'', ''II'' ''II'', and ''V'' were archers (the centaurs in ''III'' were spearmen, while the ones in ''IV'' were spear''throwers'').



*** The Romans initially considered horse archers as an interesting but ultimately useless trick, as their ''testudo'' formation offered an excellent protection from arrows and even bows with enough power to pierce their shields had a limited supply of arrows. Then at Carrhae [[GenreSavvy the Parthians showed up with an immense reserve of arrows that allowed them to literally shoot all day]], and the rest is history.
** The Sasanid dinasty of Persia learned it from the Parthians, and included horse archers in the combined army that eventually overthrew the Parthians.

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*** The Romans initially considered horse archers as an interesting but ultimately useless trick, as their ''testudo'' formation offered an excellent protection from arrows and even bows with enough power to pierce their shields had a limited supply of arrows. Then at Carrhae Carrhae, [[GenreSavvy the Parthians showed up with an immense reserve of arrows that allowed them to literally shoot all day]], and the rest is history.
** The Sasanid dinasty dynasty of Persia learned it from the Parthians, and included horse archers in the combined army that eventually overthrew the Parthians.
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