WW2 was the last major conflict that cavalry was used. But I can't help but wonder, should we rethink that? Not as a major part of a military mind you, and as mounted infantry (Dragoons) rather than as true cavalry. For certain areas it seems like uneven terrain cavalry might seem like a good idea. Like Ski troops are for special terrain and climate
According to Wikipedia the Chinese have mounted guys patrolling on of its borders. And I have heard of stories of US special forces on horseback in Afghanistan. Not too mention a lot of irregular troops for tribes and militias that exist.
We have bullet proof vests again, right? Outfit them with modern cuirassies and give them mechanical horses to ride!
At that point just take an ATV or dirt bike. Not a bad idea if you're scouting through very mountainous terrain I suppose, but for the rest of it, UAVs and forward units will be more than enough.
The only reason the guys in Afghanistan rode horses around was because that's all the Northern Alliance had to offer them for mobility through some of those regions, and they had to be forward observes for laser-painting the targets.
Surely you can find fodder easier than fuel anywhere you would be using horses.
>not jousting mudslimes with your nuggetlance
South Africa here, we have allways had a special purpose battalion which is 50/50 with horses and motorbikes
Bikes are great for high speed low drag patrols over short distances - but they are loud and limited by terrian type and supply
Horses are great for long range patrols in rugged terrian and have a much smaller signature than bikes
But i must emphasise they they are used for patrolling and not in direct combat
depends on the snow and the horse