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When a horse is hamstrung, is it completely useless, or just

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When a horse is hamstrung, is it completely useless, or just not able to go fast? What else can it do if it has been hamstrung?
hamstrung? Did he have a harmstring injury? did he have stringhalt?

Edited by Dr M on 4/9/2010 at 6:39 PM EST
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Actually it was a question based on the Bible. When the Isrealites won a battle, they were instructed to hamstring the chariot horses. We were wondering what good they would be after that. Could they pull anything? Could they be ridden? Could they carry a load? or were they totally useless?
I am not sure I am the best person to answer this.
The reference is likely to refer to cutting the Achilles tendon just above the hock. It would be easily done with a sweep of a sharp sword.

The horse would be rendered useless, and become a liability to the opposing chariot forces.

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