From: Ukraine Dnepropetrovsk
Russian ponies could make do with grazing, seasonal, as a primary source of food. The higher bred German horses needed grains to supplement their grazing.
"Captured cities should be immediate supply depots" ???
A depot is more than just supplies, it is a infrastructure to manage and distribute. A investment of a AP to create the infrastructure seems justifiable.
There are no ponies in Russia! :) Our horses also love to eat grain, but they also eat hay!
I did not mean to disparage Russian horses. There are fine breeds of horses in Russia. I have read of the use of Russian ponies in WW2, such as the Ob Pony, that would be similar to America Indian ponies, in that they could survive on low-quality forage.
Guy Sajer wrote about them in his book "The Forgotten Solider"
Pony (English pony, from Gallic ponaidh "little horse") is a subspecies of the domestic horse . A characteristic feature is short stature (80-140 cm), powerful neck, short legs, endurance. Ponies include many breeds bred on the islands (British, Iceland, Sicily, Corsica, Gotland, Hokkaido).
In Russia, it is customary to refer to ponies as horses of Shetland, Welsh, Scottish, Icelandic, Falabella, American miniature breeds. The concept of "pony" in Russian hippological literature includes horses with a height at the withers of 100-110 cm and below, although some horses from the above breeds are much higher. Abroad, the growth scale for ponies is different: in Germany, they include horses with a height at the withers up to 120 cm and below, in England - up to 147.3 cm.
I have never heard of Russian pony breeds!
Sorry, i use an online translator :(