Looks like you're talking about another game. In mine, using the Garrisons mod, I control the number, the training level, the nation,I can set patrols, send a group to recruit in a distant land etc.Oh yeah? What about Little sister's topless dance when her education choices proced? That was exciting and unexpected!
This is a real bug that was in game for over month and I added the censor
Or what about the garrison throwing out your troops and recruiting noob troops no matter what options you chose that went on for 2 months and had needed like 3 patches to work? That made me a LIVID player, and that counts as excited!
I actually use almost all my companions as horse archers, as I use the mode distinguish service, I usually promote Fian Champions, I give them good attributes as horse riders, but when I choose the horse I don't even notice their speed. At least I didn't give them a mule.As far as I know yes, try putting one of your Sergeant ( Companion ) with a bad and slow horse leading your troops and see what happens.
I feel that these sort of effect should be documented properly on the Encyclopedia, like ... Yeah as always the god damn Encyclopedia.