What made the plains Indians such natural horsemen?

What made the plains Indians such natural horsemen? They only got the horse as a result of Columbian exchange, which was fairly recent in history

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They rode them all day since childhood, nothing natural about it. The lifestyle facilitated and later demanded constant horse riding

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The Mongols were a Siberian hunter gatherer tribe only a couple hundred years before Genghis Khan. What's really remarkable about the Plains Indians was that they were able to figure out horseback nomadic pastoralism without any contact with other nomadic cultures. Pretty much every Eurasian steppe culture just copied earlier models from the Mongols to the Turks to the Xiognu and Scythians all the way back to Yamnaya culture

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Just imagine the sheer volume of bison across the prairie at the time. They were used to pursuing the small, sick, and weak ones and running them down in the way hunter-gatherers do the first part of their name, and had thousands of years of tradition behind that.

      And then you give them guns and horses. It's no wonder they figured it out so quick; they could scale up centuries of learned knowledge and tradition finally. It's like giving the israelites standardized tests and debate classes.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >they could scale up centuries of learned knowledge and tradition finally. It's like giving the israelites standardized tests and debate classes.
        Made me laugh, thanks Anon

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It's not even a joke; that's the general science-trotsky reading of the rise of israelites in the Ivy League and the reaction of legacy admissions.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >to figure out horseback nomadic pastoralism
      They didn't yet developed to that stage. They remained in the hunt stage. Nomadic pastoralism comes from the fact that game was overhunted, game herdrs become property to protect them from hunt by another tribe and harvesting animals becomes regulated. Indians didn't develop to the "herds are my property" stage, they remained in the hunter gatherer stage.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      both the Mongols and the Commanche had Y DNA C3 while most other siberians and amerinds are YDNA Q

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >astrology for men

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Haplogroup Q. ANE seems to be genetically predisposed to riding horses.

        Domesticated earlier. Eastern CWC (or rather just Abasehvi-Sintashta-Andronovo) took the horses from Yamnaya-Catacomb.

        I hate haploBlack folk

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >figure out horseback nomadic pastoralism
      >figure out
      what do you mean figure it out?? THe horses eat grass and you ride the horse around to find grass

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        the real question is why were they not competent enough to domesticate the buffalo into a fricking beast of a war machine. THey could have been strapped up by the time of european colonization if they had been a little more resourceful.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Nothing. They didn't have tv and welfare, so getting good at riding a horse was the best way to learn another skill for hunting. Anyone that couldn't hunt from horseback, was at a disadvantage.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Equids evolved in America.

    Camelids too.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I wanna know more about Plains Indians, can anyone recommend good books about Plains tribes?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      No now stop asking for books you'll never read

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        🙁

        Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne.

        Alright, I've heard of that one

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Seconding this recommendation, fantastic overview of the Comanche

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Necessity and expedience, as well as it being the natural next step. I mean it’s easier to just use horses to round up bison and then take them down than it is to slowly sneak and run them off a cliff.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Hunter Gatherers were already mobile and nomadic. Horses made this even easier. This is how the ancestors of Steppe Eneolithic people also domesticated horses.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >This is how the ancestors of Steppe Eneolithic people also domesticated horses.
      horses domesticated by late PIE associated with the eastern CWC horizon.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Haplogroup Q. ANE seems to be genetically predisposed to riding horses.

        Domesticated earlier. Eastern CWC (or rather just Abasehvi-Sintashta-Andronovo) took the horses from Yamnaya-Catacomb.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Eastern CWC (or rather just Abasehvi-Sintashta-Andronovo) took the horses from Yamnaya-Catacomb.
          No.
          the appearance of modern horses actually occurs 1000 years after the Yamnaya.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    how come arabs can so skillfully drive land rovers when historically they did not have land rovers?

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For the same reason Steppe people were good horsemen. It was a necessity and became ingrained in their way of life.

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