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Steppe Pony War Horse

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/2/2011

The Steppe Pony was well-suited for the hit-and-run warfare presented by roaming bands of warriors.

The Steppe Pony was an ideal choice of war horse for the roaming bands of warriors found through Asia and Europe following the demise of the Roman Empire. Born from the steppes, the steppe pony's design attributed to its successes on the battlefield by offering up a complete package that complimented the riding styles and warfare of its operators.

Steppe ponies were deceptive in that they appeared with short legs, with bodies built close to the ground. Standing, on average, about 13 hands tall, the pony was ideal for use in darting quick distances and could turn on a dime, affording the marauding horse archer the ultimate platform in the way of harassing or chasing down one's enemy.

Steppe ponies were also highly adaptable to most environments. As grass was their primary food source, feeding across the continent was not an issue. Their natural heavy coats allowed for them to stay cool in the summers and brave the worst of the winters. Additionally, their low center of gravity offered up unprecedented control and speed over short distances. Their resilience also extended to their ability to quickly and instinctively recover from a fall by rolling back up to a stand.

Drawbacks of the use of steppe ponies lay in their lack of stamina. Remounts would have to be a part of any roaming force so recently used ponies could receive breaks from having undergone previous battles. It was not uncommon to see large groups of men and even larger groups of ponies marching or herding across borders in search of the next plunder. Text ©2003-2016 All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction Permitted - the Content of this Page is NOT for reuse in any form. Email corrections/comments to MilitaryFactory at Gmail dot com. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance or general operation. Please consult original manufacturers for such information. We DO NOT sell any of the products showcased on this website so please do not inquire about purchases.

Specifications for the
Steppe Pony
War Horse

Introduction: Not Available
Suggested Weight: Various
Required Crew: 1 or 2
Known Operators: Various.