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MarktheAnimator's comment on 2005-11-26 12:05 PM
When I wrote my game Fantasy Imperium, I discovered that horses aren't very detailed in most games.

I like the comments above about horses that have a mind of their own. You could incorporate this into your stories by thinking of the horse as another character.

How many players know the names of thier horse?

What i've discovered about horses is that there are many kinds of horses and each have their own perculiarities.

Every breed of horse will have a different set of gaits.
Walk, trot, canter, gallop, are some of these.

Gaits are the different way in which a horse moves. These determine how fast the horse is moving and how well balanced he is.

The natural gaits are walk, trot and gallop. Other types of gaits are inherited by the particular breed of horse or can be trained.

A horse that has been trained to employ certain kinds of gaits will move more efficiently and will give less fatigue to the rider and horse alike.

Suddenly stopping a horse may require a riding skill check.

When using a particular gait, it could bounce the rider around more, and this will affect his ability in combat too.

Horses do not move backward normally, but can be trained to do so.

A special type of gait called, Ambling Gait, has been used for centuries to lessen the rider and horse fatigue over long distances. War horses don't usually have this type of gait.

So when traveling, a knight will not ride his war horse. This expensive horse is trained for combat and could be ruined by simple travel. A knight would probably have a riding horse, and a squire would also ride along to lead the knight's warhorse and to take care of him.

Another thing to consider is that if you get on a horse that has been ridden by someone else, you can notice it, because it will affect the horses movement.

If you try to ride a very good quality horse, but don't have much riding skill, it could ruin the horse. Conversely, if you try to use your excellent riding skill on a poor quality horse, it wont work so well.

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Dream's comment on 2005-11-26 09:21 PM
Thanks, Scraz, that was useful and interesting.

I would add that horses take an enormous, just enormous amount of time and care, in addition to the food you mentioned. My sister-in-law has time for nothing else outside of her job, as well as my niece. Both horse nuts. They spend approximately $5000 US per year per horse, and it's only that cheap because they do all the work besides the medical stuff themselves.

My niece's Percheron (a big draft horse) is an eating machine. It weighs over 1200 pounds. My sister-in-law's Arabian, a racing horse, eats only half as much. The monster horse is docile and easy to ride. The little Arabian will kill you to go full tilt if it can get away with it.

Interestingly, both are now trained in dressage, and can perform fancy moves that are unbelievable. Especially the Percheron. It is the "darling" of the spectators when it shows up to compete, especially with the teenage girl on its enormous back.

I have also watched rodeo horses that seem to think faster than their riders when roping steer or calves. It is amazing to see these quarterhorses "cut" a huge, heavy, and angry bull from a herd of cattle, hold it independently while the rider dismounts and runs up to rope the furious critter, then slack off when the cowboy signals. Fantastic cooperation between man and animal. Go to Comment
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Pariah's comment on 2006-07-26 01:26 AM
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RuthieA's comment on 2005-11-26 05:03 PM
Good idea, I'll add just a little information on my family's real horse, maybe that will be helpful:
His name is Fatboy(well, now it is, he used to be called Bugle Trill) and he is a retired race horse with bad ankles. He eats too much and had to go on a diet and wear boots(for his ankles) once. He will run around our back yard, but refuses to be ridden, when someone attemps to ride him he will take them to the nearest tree and try to knock them off of him. Now, why isn't anyone's noble steed like him? Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2007-01-04 04:01 PM
the only thing I didnt see, was a zorse :) Everything else seems covered! Thumbs up! Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-12-03 12:25 PM
Awesome. With a little reorg could be a Golden Nominee in my book. Go to Comment
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Wulfhere's comment on 2007-01-04 05:36 PM
A wealth of information! Go to Comment
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Kuseru Satsujin's comment on 2008-02-03 02:44 PM
Sorry, there seems to have been some gremlin interference in that post.

You may also want to check out the following articles on horses in gaming:

Gaming the Hors: http://www.roleplayingtips.com/issue241.asp
Gaming the Horse, part 2: http://www.roleplayingtips.com/issue242.asp


As well as the following, related articles:
On The Other Hand, Don't Get A Horse" Facts and Data On Historical, Alternative Mounts, Part 1: http://www.roleplayingtips.com/issue253.asp

"On The Other Hand, Don't Get A Horse" Facts and Data On Historical, Alternative Mounts, Part 2: http://www.roleplayingtips.com/issue254.asp Go to Comment
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tinypoisonousfish's comment on 2010-02-07 06:43 PM
Excellent. Resourceful and detailed. I haven't seen many other articles on horses like this, and most are not so good.

I'm 6'5" and the first horse I rode was 15 1/2 hands w/an English saddle, felt too small. I started off at a trot, but did not realize that I was so nervous, I began to squeeze my legs together, which to horse meant, "Oh, you want to go faster? Sure!" Off he went. I guess I also lifted my butt up and arced slightly forward, which I was told was correct by the owner. She kept asking if I was sure if I'd never ridden before, that I was a natural. That was hilarious to me at the time, because it sure as hell didn't feel like it. :) Lucky I got an even tempered horse. Go to Comment
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tinypoisonousfish's comment on 2010-02-07 06:44 PM
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PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2011-08-16 01:53 PM


This is a top of the line submission, but I believe the reason most people don't RP their horses is because the game is about the player characters - not their horses. It's the same logic as why many DMs just assume a spellcaster has all the components they need in their pouch, no one wants to keep track of those details. Gaming is about fun and adventure, not record keeping and minutae and unless you have a serious love of horses the very large equipment list needed is nothing but minutae. I was hoping the article could provide some more insight into how to incorporate those details without it being distracting or droll. 


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MoonHunter's comment on 2005-11-21 05:30 PM
FYI: Serrated edges do less "damage", but the damage takes longer to heal. The wounds are shallower, but broader, as the flesh is peeled wide. The reason is that when smooth edges "bite" they slide in along the cut, rather than a serrated edge which needs constant pressure down and along the edge to do a big "bite". Thus they become shallower.

The serrated edge wounds are broader and need stiching to put back together to heal. While smoother cuts don't absolutely require this. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-01-12 01:55 PM
I do like this kind of post. This type of item adds so much to the world. Little details add up. Go to Comment
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Pieh's comment on 2005-11-21 04:06 PM
It could really be nasty to get cut with a notched blade like this but I wouldn't give it more damage, just make it harder to heal the wound. It's an ok idea, nothing too unique though. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2005-11-26 05:01 PM
Kid leather is soft or supple leather taken from goats rather than from cattle. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-05-04 06:45 AM
I like the idea too. A strong 3. Go to Comment
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Michael Jotne Slayer's comment on 2005-11-22 11:07 PM
Simple, solid and compact. Go to Comment
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2006-01-12 03:00 PM
I like it. It is short and good. It is a 3, but a good 3. You know what I mean ;) Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2005-11-21 03:51 PM
Cool idea. What is kid leather? Why would a serrated edge do more damage than a straight edge? Sure it has a rough surface, but it makes it more difficult to cut with, seemingly you would have to chop with it instead of slice. More like an axe than a sword.

I understand and realize that there are cultures in the world who used edged or serrated blades, but I never expected them to do more damage, only look more imposing. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2013-05-16 09:30 PM
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