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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Omnivores. But of course, they could be either three. I asked a horse-owning friend, who looked at me oddly (as usual), but told me about a book she read: Deadly Equines, documenting 4,000 years of meat-eating horses on every single continent (including Antarctica). She notes that some of them were in desperation - including human - during things like an ...


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Light Hussars are a reasonable choice for this, heavy cavalry would be a problem. Centaurs have a balance issues, they're much heavier on the forehand than they should be, this causes problems with speed, climbing hills and maneuverability when compared to a good horse. As heavy cavalry with additional armour, you're only going to make the balance problem ...


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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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Nearby active volcano? Either employ actual lava burning a swathe through the forest and leaving essentially a wall of rock treacherous terrain with the ground cracking underfoot into huge volcanic caverns or magma tubes. Or have the volcano semi-active, poisoning water with sulphur compounds, lethal out-gassing, heat causing evaporation or even burning the ...


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A humanoid mounted on a quadruped has to deal with the front half of said mount's body, plus said mount's head, being in front of him. This is an obstruction that a centaur-like race simply does not have to deal with; in fact, as far as what's in front of the humanoid torso of a centaur, there's really very little that's any different from a regular humanoid....


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tldr; you need to stop thinking of this as a human + horse and think of it as a totally unique animal that is neither. There is however one obvious problem ...No, there are many, many problems. Ribcages. A ribcage exists to house and protects vital organs and regulate thoracic pressure. How and why would an animal exist with two? It wouldn't. Even if ...


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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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Digestion A horse's digestive tract is 3-4 times the length of a human digestive tract because horses are able to survive by eating grass, which is very difficult to digest. Centaurs as we typically picture them can’t possibly live on grass, because human hands and mouths are poorly adapted to pick and eat grass. So they pretty much eat human food. You ...


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Clearly they suckle from a centaur's nipples. Both sets. Centaur females have both human and horse nipples. I feel silly saying it only because it seems like such common knowledge. As with any other mammal, they might be able to suckle from another animal's nipples alone, but won't receive the complete nutrition they need. In this case suckling on either ...


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Mustangs! No? Maybe pony cars? Get it, because...no? Oh alright fine. It seems like a broad question, but assuming you want something based on current, existing vehicles, your only real option is an up-fitted, high-roof commercial van. Why a commercial van? For a few main reasons. High roof available to allow the centaur to enter from the back ...


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In both cases, size is a problem. In terms of being a blacksmith/farrier, the issue is height. If a centaur is a "normal" horse's body with a "normal" human torso in place of neck/head, since the center of a horse's torso is about 4 feet off the ground, that puts normal shoulder height for the trunk about 6 feet up. It would be an enormous strain on the ...


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Rather like this? Caution: As necessitated by the question, I will need to make some references to bits of centaur anatomy that more modest readers might consider "private". Really, only three technical innovations seem necessary to make horse centaur pants as convenient as possible: Red suspenders. (You don't usually wear pants on your back, right?) ...


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It would be possible to strap shotguns to a centaur but it would be very ineffective to fire them without being able to aim them properly. Traditional Approach The shotguns are placed on the sides of the centaur, evenly and pointing forward. When charging into the enemy, the centaur fires the shotguns for maximum effect. While this seems nice, its rather ...


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