The secret to their great success was both in the design of their composite bow, and the Mongols’ penchant for mounted combat.
- Horses were integral to the culture of the Mongol people.
- Estimates suggest that Genghis Khan’s cavalry comprised up to 40 percent of his total forces.
- Mongols were able to execute shots and maneuverer on horseback at skill levels far beyond their enemies.
- Their archers could shoot further, and with greater strength, than their opponents.