What difference was there between mounted infantry and light cavalry?

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What difference was there between mounted infantry and light cavalry?

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Mounted infantry were soldiers who rode horses instead of marching, but actually fought on foot with muskets or rifles. The original dragoons were essentially mounted infantry. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mounted_infantry Light cavalry refers to lightly armed and armoured troops mounted on horses, as opposed to heavy cavalry, in which the riders are heavily-armoured. Its chief purpose is scouting, reconnaissance, screening, skirmishing, and raiding.

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