Now, Mounted Infantry is just that. They rode horses, and carried their long infantry rifles. When it came to a fight, they dismounted and fought with tactics and formations just like the infantry. Usually they were in a cavalry brigade or force and the cavalry would then push the advantage of the Mtd Infantry or come in and screen while they made their withdrawal. As with cavalry, they were utilized more for scouts, recons and raids, but did have the ability to step up and fight pitched battles with enemy infantry units.
Hope that is clear as mud, but they were still infantry, they just didn't have to slog around like true "leg" infantry. Kinda like modern day mechanized infantry that rides around in armored vehicles and dismount as required vs. the light infantry that tends to walk everywhere.