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The History of Mounted Archery

Horse archery came about when mankind mastered riding horses and the construction of bows.  Around the second millennium, people began combining their archery skills with their horsemanship to create a sophisticated killing machine.  At this time it was mainly nomadic cultures like the Scythians, Sarmatians, Huns, Magyars, Turks and Mongols that used this powerful new weapon, the horseback archer.  Contrary to the perception of many outside cultures as being violent barbarians, these early mounted archery communities thrived due to their inherent drive and innovative ideas like giving recognition to merit rather than birth rite when considering positions in the military and government.  

The horse brought unprecedented ability to maneuver the battlefield.  Through speed, flight and evasion techniques, combined with the distance in which they could engage the enemy without harm, these nomadic armies had such an advantage on the battlefield, they were virtually unbeatable.

Horback archery was not limited to nomadic cultures.  Other, the Persians, Egyptians, Assyrians, Scythians, the Parthians and even the Roman armies incorporated horseback archers into their cavalries.  Native Americans were also powerful horseback warriors.  Once firearms were introduced, horseback archery faded into the pages of history. The Rogue Mounted Archers represent just a shadow of what once was.

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