The Krackow Company

Mounted Archery or Horseback Archery

The resurrection of mounted archery has caught the imagination and passion of people around the world. National and international competitions and demonstrations are a reality in Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Hungary, Korea, and the United States. The modern-day horse was domesticated about 5,000 years ago, chariot warriors and hunters, and horseback warriors and horseback hunters reach back more than 2,000 years. It is no small matter to have an active connection with the Mongols on the steppes and the Original Americans on the buffalo plains.

Horse Archery Bows

There really is no such thing as a horsebow. Most bows can be used on the ground or on horseback. The Native American mounted archers on the plains were comfortable with short 36 to 40 inch bows, the Turks and Koreans settled on a bow of about 48 inches, whereas the Samari used the 7+ foot long Yumi. Generally the horse archer will look for a moderate length, moderate weight bow without an arrow self . Some associations flatly forbid any kind of arrow shelf or marker on the bow handle. Mounted archers will find great bows for purchase in the sections on East Europe and Asia. Look for the following makers--Grozer, Kassai, Koppedrayer, and Saluki.

Two Economy Horsebows For Beginners

The following two economy bows may help the aspiring mounted archer who cannot afford the more sophisticated “horse bows” mentioned above. Beginners in horseback archery often find it difficult to find appropriate bows, pieces that are functional but not expensive until they are more committed to the discipline. The two best candidates we have found come out of the opposite ends of the great Asian steppes--Romania and Korea. These bows are both durable, attractive, and good performers at a great price range.


A simple but elegant 46 inch recurve with no shelf starting at 25 pounds and 5 pound gradients. Nice deerskin wrapped handle. Blond color. Wood laminations with fiberglass on back and belly.

Korean Samick

Another 46 inch simple recurve with no shelf. It comes with a rubber grip which the customer must glue on themselves. Beginning at 30 pounds and in 5 pound graduations. Wood laminations with fiberglass on back and belly. Black color.

Asian-type Bow Cases and Quivers

For the right handed mounted archer, the quiver is worn on the right side which directs the arrow fletches toward the back of the archer, and the bow case is worn on the left side. Left handers are in reverse and must be ordered accordingly.


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vai, ce rau ma sint acuma by Gabi Lunca & Ensemble Ion Onoriu

Featured Book

Mounted Archery in the Americas edited by David Gray and Lukas Novotny, 2006.

Thirteen international authors. Tennessee: The Long Rider’s Guild. The first half of the book tells the story of ancient mounted archery on the vast steppes of Eurasia and on the U.S. great plains, and the last half chronicles the burgeoning of the modern discipline from Canada to Brazil. Paper, 289 pages, $22.00.

Related Links

Mounted Archery Association of the Americas

Other Mounted Archery Sites


Horseback Archery by Kassai Lajos, 2002.

Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Important work on the horse from primitive forms up through domestication and how the horse impacted history. Paper, 221 pages, $24.95.

Horses Through Time edited by Sandra L. Olson, 1996.

Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Important work on the horse from primitive forms up through domestication and how the horse impacted history. Paper, 221 pages, $24.95.

Mounted Archers of the Steppes, 600 BC – AD 1300 by Anthony Karasulas, 2004.

Westminster, Maryland: Osprey Publishing. Paper, 64 pages. Helpful summary of some highlights. $18.95.

The Horse in Horse Archery by Bonnie S. Anderson, 2003.

Belmond, Iowa: Magfire Publishing. Nice, brief elementary statement. A dear friend of the Fort Dodge International Horseback Archery Festival group claimed by cancer. Paper, 63 pages, $6.99.

The Revolution in Horsemanship by Robert Miller and Rick Lamb, 2005.

New York: Globe Pequot Press. Oversized paper, 354 pages, $24.95. For all horse archers who treat their horses as partners.