The Horse: A Four-Footed Soldier Kathryn Claire O'Connor

I was recently asked a question in Literature& Creative Writing. That question was "Were horses good soldiers, and why?" The more I thought about the question, the more I came up with, and it was way too much to put on the three provided lines! It started burning a hole in my head, and I started to really want to put it down, so that's what I'm doing.

What I put down was this "Yes. Horses were good soldiers because they were brave enough to carry soldiers into a battle, and wouldn't spook at sounds of a battle like a gunshot or cannon.

What I wanted to put down is this:

Part 1: did horses have an important part in winning the Civil War?

A list of why horses can make good soldiers,

Horses are obedient animals, and if trained properly, will carry their riders into the middle of a battle.

Horses won't spook at the sounds of a battle, if trained properly.

Horses are fast; therefore they can decrease their rider's chance of being wounded.

Horses are dependable, so a rider was able to concentrate on the battle.

That is just a few of the reasons why horses can make good soldiers, and I'm sure that there are a ton more.

Horses were a very important part of wars before machine tanks and such were invented. I even read that if neither side during the Civil War had had horses the war might have fizzled out after about ninety days. I think that horses had a good part in winning the war. What do you think?

Another list that I have is a list of reasons why horses were good for the soldiers off the battlefield.

Two reasons why horses were good for soldiers off of the battlefield;

They were a way that the soldiers could travel without having to walk, therefore when they got to a battle they would have more energy than if they would have walked.

They provided friendship, when the men began feeling homesick for their families.

After the Civil War the men were sometimes allowed to take their horse's home with them, this made it easier for the men to plant and harvest their crops once they were back home.

Part 2: How long ago where horses used in battle?

Job 39: 21-23, 25

He (the horse) paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth to meet the armed men. He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword. The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield. He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

Prov. 21: 31

The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.

Those two passages tell me that horses were used in battle in B.C. times. I myself think that that was a long time ago, don't you? Horses have been ridden into battlefields ever since then.

Before I end this 'report' I have a couple of questions for you,

Do you see why I couldn't fit this onto the three lines that were provided?

Do you think that the horses had a fairly important part in winning wars before war machinery was built?

Can you review please? Thanks.