Two recent Reality Shows have demonstrated the limited use of horses during the Zombie Apocalypse.
The first was late last year 2010 during Episode Two when Sheriff Rick rode a horse into Atlanta, recently nicknamed by TimeOut as ‘Zomblanta’ – the second witnessed just today in Cairo.
Situational Analysis One – The Walking Dead:
Benefits: The Horse was very useful for speedy transport on the open, deserted roads that are now a hallmark of traffic patterns in Atlanta.
The horse are easy to maneuver through abandon car traffic jams. They are also easy relative to cars re-fuel with lots of readily available food sources. Unlike gassing up a car you aren’t limited to gas stations of unknown gas supplies where there is likely to be lots of debris, rotting corpses, and of primary concern – zombies.
Zombies love eating horses – horses get spooked around zombies and you risk being dismounted.
Situational Analysis Two: Mounted Mubarrak Zombie Charge
During the middle slog of Aquarius 2011 we’ve seen larger and more symmetric warfare between bands of humans and and army of zombies roughly translated from Arabic as the ‘Mubarraks’.
In a surprising demonstration of zombie intelligence, teamwork and toolmaking the undead Mubarraks used horses and camels to charge their living enemies.
When used in groups down large avenues the use of horses and camels are an impressive, scary and surreal show of force and intimidation.
If you are dismounted – get ready for the ass kicking of a life time.
Conclusion: Overall horses, camels, asses, mules, jackasses, domesticated zebras and other ridable four legged friends are a good resource to have on hand. Use them for transport, resupply, and tactical withdrawal. However horses are not recommended for use by humans or zombies during direct confrontation as horses get freaked out by zombies and once you are dismounted – well, it’s not even worth considering.