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Johnny walked the two pairs of shotguns over to Stormhoof and Cloudwing. “So, you strap these on so they are on either side. Then when you get to their line, pull these strings and they’ll shoot. Good?” Stormhoof made no move. He looked at the guns. “Why do you not strap these guns on to the humans?” He gestured with his chin to the infantrymen ...


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You've gotta check old European fashion. During many periods it was common for the richer folk to use pieces of clothing with very exaggerated sizes or features, such as wigs as tall as a child or collars so wide that a moderate gust could flip you over. In the 1880's very exaggerated shelf bustles were all the rage. This is what I am talking about: So you ...


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Centaurs have a permanent curse by horse standards, they are, by design, permanently very heavy on the forehand. Let me fix that for you. Centaurs have a permanent curse by horse standards, they are, by design, permanently very heavy on the forehand [Citation needed] (I couldn't make the citation needed part bigger). According to this community of horse ...


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A 1000 pound horse needs approximately 15,000 calories a day for maintenance, the average 160 lb human needs around 1800. Take 70% of a horse and 50% of a human, that gives you about 11,400 calories per day as a maintenance level. (Pretty much just breathing in and out). A typical McDonald's meal (Quarter pounder, fries, non diet soda) runs in the ...


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I would suggest that perhaps the forest is impassable because it is still on fire. At some point in history this forest was more of a wetland, over the years a thick layer of peat formed. The forest grew above this layer, and this peat layer stayed undisturbed for many years. Now some great forest fire rolled through destroying the forest and in the ...


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Yes, something very similar was in vogue throughout the middle-ages to far into the renaissance, and occasionally thereafter - even still in modern times during parades in some countries or cultural events: the caparison or horse-trapper: source You might want to adjust the pattern a little, but they're basically fit for centaurs to wear as dresses. As a ...


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it is going to be a challenge for a horse to use a staircase since they can't climb down a flight of steps without tripping and fell due to their anatomy. (copyright status unclear, thanks pinterest) There's plenty more stuff to be found with a search for "horse stairs", so I won't regurgitate it all here. Here's a page to get you started though: ...


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The answer is clearly the "human" nipples. Horse necks evolved so that they could reach the teats while standing up. Human necks just don't have the necessary range of motion to be able to do this. via Wikimedia Did you know that horses can stand/walk around within minutes of being born?


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You definitely could. However, I have thought of a few additional concerns: How do you strap in?: Human pilots preferentially sit in a chair, and can easily be belted in. How do you strap in a centaur? Do they have to straddle some kind of saddle, and then tie in straps over their back? Can they strap themselves in, or do they need someone else to do so? ...


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Borrow from Yaks and other high altitude adapted species. Increase the amount of hemoglobin in the centaur's blood, thereby increasing oxygen transmission and the blood's oxygen storage capacity. It would mean that centaurs could sprint for a fair length of time but not continuously: might that be why they developed archery?


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I do not dispute any of the disadvantages for centaurs that Pete lists in his excellent answer above. However I suggest that centaurs would have the following very large countervailing advantage: Intelligence, which is closely linked to instant manoeuvrability. For instance, a centaur seeing the enemy soldiers loading their weapons knows what that means. ...


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Yes, it would be possible to build a plane that a centaur could fly using WWI technology, but the centaurs would still be at a severe disadvantage because they would need to build very big and non-maneuverable planes to accommodate their larger and heavier bodies. Now, WWI was the first war where actual air-battles took place and where aircraft played a ...


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You could, but you'd be missing one of the big benefits of a centaur: the human half. Instead of strapping the shotguns to be fired at random, why not holster a number of shotguns (the centaur could certainly carry a whole bunch), and the centaur's human part can grab them and fire them in any direction as the need arises? That would give you the speed ...


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Of course I don't see any difficulty with this. See Horse gets tailored suit Maybe they could hire human tailors to have the work more easily done? But the suit itself is clearly possible. In this case the upper part of the legs are left bare to the view. If modesty in your world suggests otherwise a gown could be added around the top part. To wear it would ...


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Given the complexity of movement in the horse's legs (walk, trot, canter, gallop), and the need to both allow movement of the tail and also quickly be able to go to the bathroom (especially if a centaur is vegetarian, and moving a lot of grass or oats through the gut), pants of any sort are going to be quite impractical. Centaurs who want or need to be "...


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This depends on a few things and with some considerations, baby centaurs would probably be best suited to nurse from the human teats, rather than the equine teats. The first thing to consider is whether the offspring is full Centaur or not. Will your story contain a race of centaurs, complete with families, culture, cities, etc.; or will the story contain a ...


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The problem with this scenario is that burning the forest actually makes it a lot easier to pass through. It clears out the underbrush and small stuff that normally slows down travel. One option that might work though is if the terrain in question was a maze of rocks, holes, and small canyons. The larger canyons had wooden bridges constructed to cross them, ...


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Believe it or not, in mediaeval times people did this: rode up and down stairs on their horses. In some European castles you see very wide stairs with low risers, specially made so the owner could ride his horse up and down. You don't see them everywhere. It would be difficult to install in an old castle, because it needs more room, but if you are building a ...


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The woodland on the hill behind my house (Forestry Commission, managed forest, spruce and fir) suffered greatly in the big storm of 2005. I heard of an anemometer further north that recorded 146mph ... then blew away. About half the trees, in great swaths, in the more exposed places, blew over, with a domino effect whereby one tree going increased the ...


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Borrow from birds; Airflow through the respiratory system in birds in a single direction and uses air sacs as bellows. You can dedicate the entire human torso to breathing with some sacs in the horse torso. This will require extra ribs on the human torso to support the sacs though. In full gallop the lower sacs can be powered by the movement of the front ...


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Yup. Totally doable. Horse can easily win against 10 people: Video evidence


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While a centaur's body looks a lot like a horse, it isn't of course exactly a horse. That long-legged grazer body form is not inherently bad at climbing. Look at goats. I mean, literally look at these pictures of goats. They are arguably better climbers than we primate-descended humans. Here they are getting at the good leaves in a tree: Here they are ...


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By coincidence, I've been thinking about almost the same issue for a bunch of aliens who aren't a human/horse chimera but share with centaurs the basic plan of quadruped locomotion and an upright "front torso" with two arms for manipulation. I doubt centaurs would require their own beds or a room chiefly dedicated to housing a bed for a particular ...


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I saw a demonstration of this sort of archery, and I would put my money on the Mongol, the demonstrator put three arrows in the target as he passed, one on approach, one beside, and then he shot another when he was past the target. The centaur might have trouble twisting for the last shot and they need to control and coordinate 6 limbs at the same time ...


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Short answer: A centaur can't reach his own hooves, but can reach the hooves of others by lying down or kneeling. One centaur can maintain the hooves of another. Better answer: There are a few reasons why horses wear shoes: to keep their hooves from cracking on paved roads; to gain better grip on cobblestones, in slippery conditions, or during races; and ...


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Handrails So plenty of answers about how your centaurs do not have to be clumsy on stairs, but given the design of your centaurs, this is just not the case. This does not mean centaurs can't use stairs though. As it turns out, animals with hands like centaurs can benefit greatly by having something to hold onto. Losing your balance always starts off as a ...


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A large part of getting Oxygen is the passage the air flows through and how restricted it is. Larger noses and sinuses are very important. Horses have large nostrils and their sinuses are most of the length of their skull. Sinuses not only warm and dampen the air they also filter it to help protect the lungs from a host of possible problems. So a ...


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Seems quite reasonable. I would recommend a few changes/additions, both in keeping with tradition and to improve the model. Firstly, on coat color. I agree that the human hair and the horse hair should match, but skin tone really doesn't need to. My cat has black hair and white skin, so if she were bald from the ribs up, she'd be mismatched too, but its ...


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Use Chariots Others have suggested carts but I will go one step further and suggest chariots. Chariots only have two wheels so they can handle terrain that carts can't. They can be designed to fit just one centaur (with a cart, the centaur(s) would be knocked around a lot) and have firm railings to grab on it (like the ones made for humans have). Or they ...


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