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I would say it is very much possible to train domesticated rats as mounts, and as Andrew suggests in his answer it might even be possible to breed them to be able to carry the weight of a tiny human. However the main reason I don't think it will work is a rats gait. They hop along rather than walk, as most rodents do. If you rode them it would be like riding ...


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In theory with time and training Wild animals need to be domesticated to be used as beasts of burden. Fortunately, rats are very trainable. Domesticated rats are very gentle and playful creatures. Like a pet dog, a pet rat can learn many tricks and can even respond to its own name. Pet rats can learn to sit up, fetch, jump through a hoop, come when called, ...


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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? When compared to horses, bulls are: Harder to control in harsh situations Less agile Easier to scare More likely to trip on an obstacle They also have a gait that makes it very uncomfortable to mount them (believe me, I tried). So, ...


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You can train cattle as riding animals, you can train them to pull wagons, you can train them for showjumping. They're sluggish and not particularly agile. As with most animals, uncastrated males tend to be temperamental, with appropriate training they wouldn't be much more dangerous than an equivalent large stallion. The only real reason to use them would ...


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YAKS: Although yaks like high altitudes, limiting universal usage, it proves the concept that you can select and domesticate a related species for mounts and transports. People have yak fights, so they can be aggressive even after extensive domestication. The Chinese still use yaks for their military to patrol difficult terrain (https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik....


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Depends on the Bull Domestic horses have a maximum sprinting speed just over twice that of domestic cattle (~55 mph vs ~25mph according to Google) This much lower top speed makes them a poor choice in any of the roles warhorses typically filled. In fact, they are more mobile than domestic cattle in every single way which is why cowboys use them so ...


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Yes I'm going to say bulls could make good cavalry for war, as opposed to the answers given so far. In your setting you mention having elves who are proficient on training animals, I assume they would also be good at selectively breeding them to produce certain traits. All examples of bulls' characteristics we see nowadays aren't a result of optimization for ...


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