Reindeer vs Moose vs Caribou: A Hard Decision

So, I open this question up to WordPress as well as Tumblr.

For the entire time I have written Dark Soldier, the riders of Jevruun (a mountain city in the coldest regions of Vaelora), have always ridden moose. But I am considering changing that for the final draft sent to agents. I now think perhaps it is better that they ride caribou or reindeer.

Just observe how majestic she looks. And comfortable. Seems like a good long-term ride and companion to me.

But moose are also very large and intimidating to those they would do battle with. And just imagining that is cool.

EVEN MORE MAJESTIC. But they probably can't run for long periods in battle. Hm.
EVEN MORE MAJESTIC. But they probably can’t run for long periods in battle. Hm.

So I open this question up to those in Alaska, Russia, and any cold regions where you ride something other than a horse regularly.

What would be a better steed for Jevruunites, a caribou/reindeer or a moose?

4 thoughts on “Reindeer vs Moose vs Caribou: A Hard Decision

  1. Go with reindeer, they are really fast and can be very intimidating. Moose are kind of slow and spend too much time splooshing around in water for anyone to take them seriously. That, and they have those big soft noses, it doesn’t exactly inspire people to run in terror. If you want something really scary, use Kodiac bears, they’re huge and will seriously mess people up!

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  2. Moose are actually outrageously tall. They’re all legs and wouldn’t make a particularly good mount just from the standpoint of logistics. Reindeer are just domesticated Caribou. I agree, these make a good alternative. They’re stout, do have a history of being domesticated, and there’s plenty of reindeer herding cultures you could look at for examples of how a people using reindeer might do that. Anyhow. Good luck!

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