Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Eastern Montana
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I have photographed several different native American riders in different reenactment scenarios and some of them were outstanding riders. Leaning over and picking up something from the ground would not be a problem. Vaulting onto the horse from behind, not a problem. But when it comes to shooting it becomes necessary to use both hands on the bow and therefore you wouldn't have an extra hand to hold onto the horse with. What I have seen them do in reenactments (these are all Sioux and Cheyenne reenactors) is to lay down along the horses back and shoot with the left hand holding the bow and the right hand releasing the arrow from just above the horses withers. This presents a very small target for the enemy and if you were being shot at this way it could easily appear that they were under the horses neck when in fact they were on top. However, after firing it is a simple thing (for them) to then hang off of the far side of the horse for a shield and then come back up for another shot. I have seen them do it for reenactments several times. Pretty impressive. And these guys are nowhere near as fit as the Lakota warriors of the 1870s were.
Just my $.02 but I would guess they shot along the back and then ducked to the far side for cover after each shot, giving the appearance of shooting from under the neck.
Cowboy, Nature and Wildlife Photographer