As bow and mace is to be found in the right and left hand of any Turkish Horsemen, lance and sword are to be found in the hands of any Arabian Faris, even as the reign of the horse archer seems never-ending. Though the recent centuries of Turkish dominion in light horsemanship has tarnished the reputation the Arabs, once held in the highest regard for light cavalry, such has done nothing to diminish their actual skill. While those in the west may take such readily available troops for granted, their presence in Eastern Iran where bow and mace are the scepters of the Horse-Kings is truly a valued commodity. Coming as mercenaries as well as Ghazi warriors of the Faith, Kurds and Arabs chronicled by a Byzantine writer as “Daring bare-back riders” would come to be known as dare-devil riders amongst the Ghaznavids. Their speed and swiftness are legendary, gifted as much to their talents as to their mounts, the Syrian-Arab crossbreed, possessing characteristics of both the small but strong North African Horse and the heavier Persian Horse. Just as their steeds combine the traits of two different horses, so too do these Ghazi take to a balanced approach on armor. Better clad than their Bedouin kin yet less so than the heavier Turkish Ghulams, their speed and swiftness comes to be what will best guide their lances, instead of the Ghulam’s weight and force. Upon such mobile mounts, with strong spear and spirit, these Arabian and Kurdish Ghazis may be daring devils to their foes, but they are nothing short of a gift of God to the Ghaznavids.