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Riding Flying Animals, sitting or lying on them?

A long time ago I asked a question about dragon saddlery(Dragon Riding Question) and later on how to pilot flying animals(How to pilot flying animals?), but recently I saw a lot of art on the internet ...
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What if large pterosaurs like Quetzalcoatlus had survived as isolates in New Zealand and ended up domesticated by the Maori?

The question. Let's say a pterosaur like Q. Northropi survived as an isolate and thrived as apex predator in New Zealand for millions of years. Without much evolutionary pressure its species remained ...
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The Witch's Broom

A very common trope in witchcraft-themed fictional narratives is the iconic Magic Broom, a magical object made from wood and straw to fly and serve as a vehicle for witches. Witches generally fly with ...
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is it possible in a given world to ride a triceratops and so how would it work?

I've been thinking about this world that's been in my mind and one of the things in it are drake knights which are warriors who raised and ride domesticate breed of triceratops like the war elephants ...
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Raid-efficient feline species

Let's say that there is a warlike tribe that focuses on raiding small villages. They are kind of like the Vikings, but they don't arrive by riverboats; they strike the oblivious villages, arriving ...
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What advantages would riding a reindeer have over a horse?

I am currently creating a world in which the group in question is intended to ride reindeer rather than horses. The reasons for this aren't quite relevant, but they simply don't have horses available ...
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Gryphons as mounts

So, an idea I keep coming back to is about a fantasy setting where gryphons are used as mounts. Obviously, since this is a fantasy setting and such a creature doesn't exist, it can't be "...
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Would a dragon sized saddle or any of its parts be buoyant enough to keep an unconscious human breathing in a calm ocean?

Info: Apparently leather is buoyant. The material composition shouldn't exceed the technology of the 1700s. Please use the image below for a rough size comparison of the person and the dragon. The ...
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Would it be possible to mount a working minigun onto the saddle of a tyrannosaurid dinosaur?

My modern setting has these humanoids called the Degenerates whose culture draws inspiration from those of Indo-Iranian steppe nomads like the Scythians, Sarmatians and Parthians who fight as mounted ...
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Would very small humanoids be able to use rats as mounts?

These humanoids would be about 13cm tall. Is there anything preventing them from mounting rats with proper training and a customized saddle?
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Would it be possible to use a mount that requires a much higher temperature than the rider?

Would it be possible for an insect-sized intelligent species to ride a larger insect-sized species that can only survive at around 600°C, and if so, what would the mount need to be kept both warm and ...
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How practical would war boars be?

along with horses, Orcs have also bred giant Boars which they ride to battle. these war boars have been bred to be the size of Entelodont with larger tusks and I was wondering in what field might ...
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If you could train them, would bulls make good cavalry?

If you had elves who can train bulls and other animals to do all sorts of tasks... would bulls be useful as cavalry for war? Would they be useful enough to use a bull instead of a horse, in some ...
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How to ride a giant turtle?

How would you design a saddle for a giant turtle (think rhino size) and a bridle, and how would you make it go, given that spurs or whip wouldn't really be an option with the shell?
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What would be a good size for rideable creatures? [closed]

I am making a world where the environment is much larger than the people who live in it, and is in a swamp setting. My problem is that I would like to have the characters riding on wild animals (fish, ...
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19th century-like transportation without horses?

So, let’s say, hypothetically A NUCLEAR WAR KICKS OFF DUE TO PROLONGED INTERNATIONAL TENSION, AND TURNS THE EARTH INTO A BLEAK, HOSTILE WASTELAND. Now, let’s flash forward 197 years, to 2259. By now, ...
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Could moose/elk survive in the Amazon forest?

In my story, there is a civilization living in the Amazon rainforest. They need some time of mount that is adapted to the forest. I don't think horses can survive by themselves in there, so I was ...
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Alternative to horses in a dry climate

I'm looking for an alternative for horses. Why not horses? the short answer is the gods didn't want to create them. The gods in my universe like to annoy humanity. Horses only seem to really benefit ...
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Hippotragine Antelopes: A Suitable Alternative For Actual Horses?

The hippotragines are a small subfamily of antelopes that bear physical resemblance to horses. There are three separate genera--Hippotragus, Oryx and Addax. As grazers, rather than browsers, the "...
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What animals in North America are rideable?

I thought of this question when I heard Einstein's statement on WW3, and I wondered if humanity was setback, would North Americans have any mounts that would rival those of the rest of the world? (...
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Challenges for using a bull as a character's mount

I'm writing a character for a fantasy setting, and I wanted him to be a gruff half-orc war master whose mount is a bull. I wanted to know if there has ever been an actual historical use of bulls or ...
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What kind of animal could a centaur ride, and how?

Let's be using your typical centaur: half man, half horse. Due to the nature of their legs, they can't ride animals in the way that humans do. Horse legs just aren't really made to do that. My ...
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What sort of legs would a 1-ton pig neeed to support its body weight and move in short bursts of speed?

I recently asked how big a giant pig would need to be in order to carry a 10 foot tall (3.0 meters) and 272 kilogram (599.66 pounds) humanoid (wearing plate armour or an ankle-length cuirass ...
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How big would a giant pig need to be in order to carry a 10-foot tall humanoid on its back?

A book that I'm currently writing called Surge features an enemy faction called the Degenerates that are heavily inspired by the Scythians (Indo-Iranian horse nomads that ruled the Eurasian Steppes ...
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Would a giant Pogona (bearded dragon) be a good desert mount?

By saying giant, I mean something roughly around 2-3m long from nose to rear legs (not including tail) and 1m tall at the withers. How would such a creature fare as a mount used by humans/humanoid to ...
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Building The "Perfect" Mount

Horses are not perfect for war but they are still very good when trained. How to make a horse better for the following conditions? be stronger in the act of charging infantry and other horseman ...
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Speed of flying bird [closed]

If you had a bird which was large enough to ride, how fast could it fly? I need this information to work out the scale for my maps as i know how long it takes for one of the birds to fly from A to B.
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How to make a saddle for a feline mount

Sort-of sequel to this question. In that question, I asked about the feisability of domesticating a jaguar with the end goal of making a ridable mount. One good point that was mentioned was that a ...
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Viability of stone wagons?

Can they be pulled by traditional beasts of burden? I want to create a wagon that’s fireproof, can survive high temperatures, turn over to protect the occupants like a shell, and be made with ...
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Dog Breeds used as Horses - Warfare Applications

Follow up to this Realistic Horse-sized Dog Breeds So we got a 250 to 300 pound dog based creature that's been specially bred (so no back issues) to carry a fully armoured human warrior to battle and ...
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Is it possible to ride a carnivore species?

Humans have been domesticating carnivores for over 10 000 years. And there are certainly carnivores big enough to ride. The former is the biggest feline ever to exist. They certainly can carry a human ...
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Realistic alternatives to Horses

Mounts are one of the coolest things about fantasy in my opinion. Riding around on raptors, dragons, elephants and even weirder things is one of the main draws to a lot of fantasy things. However, ...
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Could a Human Ride a Raptor?

I'm sure we can all agree that raptors are pretty cool (most dinosaurs are). But what I think would be really, really cool would be a rideable raptor. However, I don't know if this is possible. While ...
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Horses went extinct, people domesticated something else. - What is it and what would change?

Assuming that horses went extinct early in history, what would replace the horse, and how would the change in domesticated animal affect the development of the first civilizations? Info on horse ...
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What advantages would bovines have over horses when used as cavalry?

What advantages would bovines have over horses when used as cavalry? I've got a culture whose way of life is based around cattle, and I'm wondering what kinds of advantages they might have in combat ...
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