The question is: If someone was struck across the face (as in, punched or back-handed) by someone taller than them, on a larger horse, and the victim had their feet in the stirrups, what is likely to happen?
Seems to me the victim is likely to fall but would they actually hit the ground or would they be sprawled across the horse's rump because their feet are in the stirrups? Would they be likely to suffer injuries to their legs by getting their feet dragged out of the stirrups as they fell? They're wearing leather shoes with fairly smooth, flat soles.
Also, as this is a normal riding horse, is the horse likely to get freaked out and try to take off?
I want the drama of the single blow but not any injuries beyond a spilt lip, and I don't want a huge chase as we're in a forest by night!
thanks to all,
EDITED TO ADD: Great good God I never knew something seeming so minor could be so complex. (boggles). So very glad I asked as otherwise I'd clearly be making laughable mistakes.
Time period is fifteen century England. I have no idea what saddlery and tack was like then but from the sound of it, this might have quite an effect on the scene.
The aggressor is very well-trained in medieval warfare but of course normally uses a sword or axe – the whole thing of simply not being able to reach that far hadn't occurred to me. He's a big guy for the time, over 6ft but that's hardly massive by todays standards.
As I'm trying very hard to avoid the theorectical reader from hurling the book away in disgust at what they know to be mistakes, I may dispense with the horses for this moment.
Thanks to everyone for the replies.