, what i'm trying to understand is why would in some periods
horses wouldn't dare charge and at other times they would. it's a little
strange that horses would charge pikes and not bayonnets.
it startles me. anyway about f.e waterloo, there are about 700+
primary sources, eyewitnesses. that's why i am confused, as to why apparently
trained horses in the one would charge something that is really
more fearfull, like long forests of pikes of 700AD, and not
small in size riffles with bayonets.
in napoleonic times the way that i have understood cavalry tactics, is that cavalrymen would, could
and did try to charge infantry in formation. but horses would insticaly decline
to throw themselves and impaled in pikes, bayonnets etc.
horses like any creature with survival instincts would deny to continue.
it is reffered in many primary sources (eye-witnesses), that the horse would
full gallop, but once saw the wall of pointy things the would stop gallop,
and then just trott, or completely stop.
i'll try and give an example that happened countless times, in napoleonic
fields. if during a battle the weather was rainy, this would occur:
musquets wouldn't fire, and cavalry would be unable to mount a charge.
so that both type of troops would stand some feet apart, looking at each other.