Though I'm on-board with the concepts of your original posts, this statement is not at all true.
A horse can move much faster than a man, for a long enough period of time to make a big difference.
If they couldn't, we wouldn't ride them. What would be the point?
Because the horse is doing the walking... not the man. We're inherently lazy.
pezhetairoi wrote:A horse's trot -- which they can maintain for hours before needing a break
No - they can't.
The pony express averaged
15km/h with a new horse being provided to the rider about every 15km which would spell the horse. In other words, every hour they were getting a new fresh horse. I admit that horsemen like the Mongols and Huns rode with spare mounts, but they were mounts that were only 'fresh' because they hadn't been lugging a human being around with them... they would hardly be as fresh as a Pony Express horse. In addition, the mounted troops had to 'get to the battle field'. They were hardly as 'fresh as a daisy' on the morning of the battle. They would have been rested - for sure - but not like a stabled, grain fed horse.
A man, in similar condition (having to jog, for only 1 hour and then having the rest of the day off) would easily clock 10km/h. I mean, I did 10km in 45 minutes regularly, and I'm hardly a top athlete. So, yes, the pony express is going faster than a human amateur jogger, but only by a few km/h.
pezhetairoi wrote:The gallop speed is about 40-48km/h but can only be maintained for 2-3 km before tiring. There is plenty of evidence of mounted-man overtaking men fleeing on foot.
You're talking highest rated speed. A horse can move faster than a human when charging, evading and/or pursuing
but not when it's just moving from one point to another. I'm talking about movement, not racing.
After a horse has galloped for 40-48km/h over quarter mile they are blown for a substantial amount of time. This is the charge to impact... not the run around the battle field for 4-8 hours.
pezhetairoi wrote:I'm not a horse expert, but I've done a lot of reading about this (and a little riding).
I'm not a horse expert, but I've owned one and looked after others.
pezhetairoi wrote:I haven't seen a wargame that gets that in.
Quite simply - (and I'm not trying to re-write the rules here - just observing) I would double the VMD and keep the distance they can charge. Other than that, everyone in the same formation moves the same. Close formation troops 2, loose 3, and light 4.
This is just an exercise in fun, I'm not advocating any changes because they would never come about anyway.