When riding a horse, the horse's head is a permanent fixture directly in your way. This makes both fighting from horseback and viewing the landscape needlessly difficult.
- When someone is actually riding a horse, they can turn their head/torso to face sideways.
- There are many images of classic horse archers, and they shoot sideways will riding along their target, not over the horse's head while riding at their target.
- Mounted fighting is never done with an opponent underneath the front of the horse, the rider always strikes to the side
- When riding along a path, one often looks out to either side, to view the scenery.
So: Horses should steer like boats, so that the rider can look, swing, shoot, etc. independently from where the horse is facing. This would allow riders to strafe targets with arrow fire, strike targets with weapons effectively, and navigate downhill without being blind to the terrain, etc.
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