I appreciate the advice but I’d rather discover things like that out myself! :-)
That’s the first Talus I fought and I wanted to try and do it on horseback so I wasn’t really exploring other options. I mean, I did it in the end (and yeah it was tough), but my point above was that the camera/movement/control just doesn’t work nicely on horseback, even against a slow moving target. I tried against some Moblins too and it was pretty clumsy, even at a steady pace where you have a lot more control. I kept running into trees, of all (narrow) things.
It seems riding a horse is a nice idea but detracts from thorough exploration (by virtue that you have to get on and get off a lot) and makes combat much more fiddly. I didn’t have too much trouble simply riding one though, it was just during combat. I’ll be glad to use one to get around faster, when I don’t want to use fast travel, that is–I’ll use that to deal with the Talus on the Plateau that I avoided earlier on. And I’ll climb it this time ;-)
Yeah, I’m hoping the controls click and become more instinctive but I think the menu stuff I’m just going to have to grit my teeth through!