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Horses

Oblivion features horses to assist the eager adventurer in exploring the wide and varied lands of Cyrodiil by improving the speed of both regular and fast travel.

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[edit] Finding a Horse

Horses can be purchased from stables across Cyrodiil (except from the one in the Imperial City) starting at 500 gold, and can be stolen. Each stable has several types of horses, but only sells one. The price is fixed, you can't haggle, and your Mercantile skills have no effect. After you purchase one, it will be found waiting outside in the corral (not with the stablehand as the dealer says, due to an AI bug), so be very careful not to accidentally take the wrong horse if there are others like it in there. If you try to buy a second horse from the same stable, the merchant will say they have none for sale. When your old horse dies, the stable will have a new one for sale.

This table lists the varieties of horse that are available (in order from cheapest to most expensive). A comprehensive listing of every horse in the game is provided under Complete List of Horses.

Horse Name Price Where to find Speed Attack Health Arm. Health
Armored Old Nag1 N/A Snak gra-Bura at Chestnut Handy Stables Imperial City 23 5 N/A 250
Paint Horse2 N/A Weynon Priory Near Chorrol 23 10 300 600
Weynon Priory Horse3 N/A Cloud Ruler Temple 23 10 200 N/A
Paint Horse 500 Petrine at Wildeye Stables Bruma 23 10 300 600
Paint Horse 500 Cat-Face at Five Riders Stables Leyawiin 23 10 300 600
Bay Horse 1000 Isabeau Bienne at Bay Roan Stables Bravil 26 10 250 500
Bay Horse 1000 Ugak gra-Mogakh at Grateful Pass Stables Skingrad 26 10 250 500
Chestnut Horse 2500 Bongond at North Country Stables Chorrol 29 10 200 400
White Horse 4000 Clesa at Horse Whisperer Stables Anvil 29 12 400 750
Black Horse 5000 Tovas Selvani at Black Waterside Stables Cheydinhal 33 15 325 650
Shadowmere N/A Outside Fort Farragut Near Cheydinhal 33 20 500 750
Unicorn N/A Harcane Grove 29 45 300 N/A
1 Only available with the Horse Armor Pack.
2 Prior Maborel's Paint Horse is free if you ask him for assistance during Deliver the Amulet. Prior Maborel's Paint Horse is not included in the "Horses Owned" statistic on the stats page in game.
3 The Chestnut Weynon Priory Horse is identified as Jauffre's horse. However, by joining the Blades you are free to use this horse. It is not included in the "Horses Owned" statistic on the stats page. Note that there is a second Weynon Priory Horse, namely a bay horse owned by Martin; riding this second horse is always considered stealing.

[edit] Stealing Horses

Stealing a horse is simple; just attempt to mount one that does not belong to you. Stealing a horse without receiving a bounty for theft is only slightly more tricky. To do this, you must not be seen mounting the horse. Activating the horse to mount it cancels Invisibility, but sneaking and Chameleon both help to remain undetected. However, the cancellation of Invisibility will not incur a bounty on your head, because you were invisible at the moment you mounted the horse. If you do not have a stealth-oriented character, you can also push the horse a safe distance away from NPCs and other horses before mounting it.

Stolen horses are generally only good for one-way transportation, because they will start walking back to their home stable after you dismount. Bay horses and Imperial Legion horses will stick around, however. Remounting a previously stolen horse will incur another bounty if you are seen; it is best to dismount a stolen horse in a location out of view of others to improve your chances of being able to safely remount.

Horses themselves can witness your theft and report you to the authorities, just like a regular NPC. If you want to steal a horse out of a group but they can see each other, you can rotate the others so that they all face away from you. Always steal a horse by approaching it from the rear in sneak mode to limit your chances of being detected. You can be alone with the horse in the middle of the wilderness, but if the horse sees you climb on, you will receive a bounty. If you successfully mount a horse without being detected, you will not incur a bounty, no matter what you do afterwards. You can parade a stolen horse in front of its owner, and you will not get a bounty.

If you are caught stealing a guild horse, you will be kicked out of that guild in the same manner as if you had stolen an object. As usual, the horse can catch you stealing, and can instantly kick you out of whatever guild it belongs to.

[edit] Horse Abilities

A horse's primary ability is its speed. Unless your character has a very high Speed, riding a horse allows you to travel much more quickly. To take advantage of the horse's speed when fast traveling, you must mount the horse before starting to fast travel.

Horses are incredible when it comes to climbing steep slopes. They can run up slopes you'd never climb on foot. Horses can also jump, although poorly (and not while stationary). While descending slopes, it is easily possible to hurt your horse; a "whinnying" sound announces that the horse is taking damage. To avoid damage, very slowly walk down steep slopes. You can also increase your speed slowly while avoiding any rocks or ledges on the way down.

Horses can swim, but do so very slowly. If you watch carefully, you'll spot a few fords around the Imperial City (one of them on the southern end of the cape with Arcane University) which can be crossed quickly. If you have trouble leaving water after swimming on horseback, jump a few times to catch traction.

It is possible to go underwater with your horse, but be warned; horses can't breathe underwater and tend to end up in a watery grave. This can be avoided but it is tricky to get a horse back above the water.

[edit] Combat

Without mods, it is impossible to fight from horseback in Oblivion. Would-be knights must dismount to fight on foot, although their horses will do their best to defend themselves against attackers if their rider decides to pursue enemies into the undergrowth. With the exception of Shadowmere - who is essential - it is not recommended that horses be actively used in combat, as even the hardiest are easy prey.

If you have purchased the Horse Armor Pack, the armor rating of your horse is not affected by buying horse armor. Instead, your horse's health is increased, as shown in the tables of horse statistics.

Many enemies can simply be outrun, especially if you have a fast horse. If you stick to the main roads, you should eventually pass one of the Imperial Legion Soldiers, who will kindly help get any hostiles off your tail. In a mountainous area, you can try riding your horse parallel along a cliff (be careful not to fall!). Usually, the hostiles will slide down the slope and be unable to reach you, or even plummet down and die. Getting back up may be tricky, but horses are better at climbing up slopes than you are.

Steer clear of wolves and mountain lions whenever possible: if you see one in the distance, it is often best to get off your horse ahead of time, run up and kill the animal, then continue. Unlike most creatures, they can keep up with most horses, and will pursue you relentlessly. In addition, they often prefer to attack your horse, rather than you, and they will do so by hiding underneath their legs so that it is nearly impossible to fight them without accidentally hitting your horse several times in the process. The biggest problem is that this can result in a bounty. If you happen to hit your horse enough times to make it fight back, yield to it (Block + Activate) to calm it down.

[edit] Taking Care of Horses

Horses in Oblivion do not require food and do not seem to become fatigued regardless of how hard they are pushed. They can however be mauled by bandits, monsters and wild animals, as well as by their owner's errant blows. They can also take damage from jumping down too steep distances. Horses will heal slowly over time (resting or waiting for an hour will almost always heal your horse). You can heal your horse more quickly with Restore Health effects, or instantly and completely at a wayshrine (see below).

Horses can be poisoned by strikes from poisoned weapons or weapons that cause drains. Horses can also contract at least one type of disease. Unfortunately, they can't tell you about it. If you find your horse has low health and is not healing, it probably caught a disease. Sometimes they seem to get over a disease in several days, but to cure all these things you may want to try a wayshrine blessing. It may be a good idea to just do a wayshrine blessing on your horse every once in awhile to remove unknown ailments -- but there is a side-effect (see below).

[edit] Useful Spells

The Convalescence spells available for purchase are relatively inefficient and wasteful (instant, on target, lots of magicka, low healing value), and too weak (15 points of healing) to be helpful with horses, whose health ranges from 200 to 500. Therefore, using the Spell Making altar to make a custom spell is highly recommended: make the custom Restore Health spell be on touch (1/3 cheaper), and distributed over time (8 points for 8 seconds or 4 point over 16 seconds are both cheaper than 64 points instantly). Alternatively, you can also take advantage of the Mara's Mercy Greater Power, obtained by activating the Ritual Stone, which offers 150 points of healing, on target, daily. In the Knights of the Nine, one can obtain the Merciful Touch spell, which has the effect of Restore Health 50 points on touch. This spell has a base cost of 25 magicka, making it quite efficient in keeping one's horse alive.

Horses have an impressive speed multiplier - a Speed of between 23 and 33 for them is the equivalent of about 70-100 for the player. Therefore even a relatively weak Fortify Speed spell (e.g., 15 points for 30 seconds) is highly effective and significantly shortens travel times, even if you need to get off the horse's back to cast it.

Wayshrine blessings can be applied to horses. Any wayshrine blessing on a horse acts identically to all the other wayshrines: it will instantly cure all damage, disease, or poison effects, and give the horse a permanent Fortify Speed bonus.

Fortifying the speed of your horse can be very handy, although risky. The horse's speed will increase dramatically and it will certainly become difficult to control fall damage. The horse will walk very quickly -- much faster than the fastest wolf or troll can run. So it is best to keep your speed down to a super-speed walk on any hilly terrain. If you can see a flat path in front of you, you can gallop for an instant. Since water is flat, combining Water Walking with Fortify Speed, and then using the lakes and rivers as galloping highways works very well.

To apply a blessing to a horse, you need to get your horse to stand on top of the wayshrine's altar, i.e., by jumping the horse up onto the altar, then dismounting when its rear legs are still on top of the altar. You also need to stay on top of the altar yourself, and the horse needs to be at least slightly between you and the center of the altar. Activate the altar to receive the blessing, and you should see the spell animation circle your horse (in 3rd person view). Of course, if you don't get the blessing, then that means the horse did. It is a little tricky to do, so saving and reloading on a failed attempt (if the blessing hits you instead) may be wise.

If you cast a 100 point Fortify Acrobatics spell on your horse, it will be able to perform the water jump perk. The horse will bounce on the water at the same speed it took off, so taking off on land and then bouncing on the water will make your horse bounce at the same speed it normally runs; however, taking off from underwater will make your horse bounce slowly, since all horses are slow swimmers. This takes quite a bit of practice to master, but it sure beats swimming.

Some other useful spells to consider for your horse are:

  • Command Creature: All horses are level 1 except Shadowmere (level 10) and the Unicorn (level 15), so even very weak ("up to level 2") spells will make most horses fight by your side.
  • Water Walking works nicely instead of swimming.

[edit] Notes

  • Your Athletics and Acrobatics skills will not increase while on horseback. If you want to improve these skills, you will need to travel on foot.
  • You can still talk to characters, pick up objects and pick plants while on a horse.
  • You can't mount a horse while over-encumbered. If you become over-encumbered while riding a horse you can continue to ride it, but it won't be able to jump and you can't fast travel.
  • It is possible to hold an item using the grab button while on a horse, by grabbing it and then mounting your horse. It may be tricky to make sure you don't pick up the item instead of mounting the horse, try walking close to the horse and pushing the item against it or moving quickly to the side. This is helpful when you are over-encumbered.
  • If a horse you own wanders off, it usually makes its way back to the stables where you bought it or where it was given to you. A horse that dies along the way will disappear from your Horses Owned stats listing.
  • Your horse lands at your destination of fast travel. If you travel to a city, the horse will be found outside the city gate closest to your previous location, not necessarily the one with the stables near it.
  • Your horse will not follow you through doors/portals that require a loading screen to enter (i.e. entering a dungeon or city, using a portal).
  • If you are on the PC version you can give a name to your horse by opening the Console, clicking on your horse, and typing: setactorfullname "Example".
  • You can only own one horse from each stable. If you already own a horse from a given stable, inquiring about another will produce the message "You bought our last horse." You can only buy another horse from that stable if your previous one dies.
  • Your horse is in danger of attack even when you are not around, so when entering a dungeon it is a good idea to check the local area for hostile creatures before leaving your horse behind.
  • If you own two or more horses, the one you rode last is "active", meaning it will be the one that appears by your side when you fast travel. Your other horse(s) will make their way back to where they originally came from—unless they're armored, in which case they will stay wherever you left them indefinitely.
    • A stolen horse becomes your "active" horse.
      • However, a stolen horse will not follow you when fast-traveling. If you want to make your horse stop following you for whatever reason, stealing a horse will do the job.
  • If you place a horse under a high cliff or building, you can jump off that cliff or building and mount your horse just before you hit the ground. This results in no damage to you, so long as you time it right.
  • All player owned horses - with the exception of Shadowmere - are part of the HorsePC faction. All other horses, with the exception of the Unicorn, are part of the Prey faction. Prior Maborel's Paint Horse does not count as player owned.
  • Horses grow or shrink in size slightly, depending on the height of the race who last mounted them.

[edit] Bugs

  • Attacking your horse is considered a crime; specifically a theft of 0.5 gold from yourself. If any NPCs with a responsibility of 50 or more witness this, it will be reported. Because the bounty is only 0.5, it will usually show as 0 in your stats page. This can get you arrested if you speak to a guard, and can also get you kicked out of some guilds (because you "stole" from a member of that guild - yourself).
  • If you cast an Invisibility spell on a horse which you then mount, while you appear to be completely invisible, you will still be detected and attacked by any creatures or hostile NPCs. If you are not riding the horse at the time when the Invisibility spell wears off, your character will remain in this state. ?
  • Mounting a horse while you are in a seated position will cause interesting graphical glitches, other strange behavior, and/or a game crash. Since you must find a wilderness chair, stool or bench to effect this bug, it is only possible to do so in a few locations. Your best bet is a campsite, or one of a handful of wilderness inns.
  • When you leave your horse in the water and then fast travel, your horse will appear to fly very slowly through the air, even when riding it. This is fixed by entering a body of water while riding. ?
  • If you ride your horse while wearing 100% Chameleon, you will appear to have a shadow. This shadow disappears when you get off the horse. ?
  • If your horse is killed while you are still riding it, sometimes your body will be unrecoverable from the floor in third-person view and you will have no character model in third-person view. First-person view is unaffected. ?
  • Using fast travel while on foot can cause your horse to wander off from its last known position, if you use it too many times without being mounted. Your horse will attempt to make its way (very slowly) back to the stable you bought it from. To avoid this from happening, never fast travel more than 2 or 3 times without locating your horse and mounting up first. ?

[edit] Complete List of Horses

  • Armored horses, as provided by the Horse Armor Pack official plugin, are identifiable by the fact that the horse's name changes to include the word "armored" in it (for example, from "My Paint Horse" to "Armored Paint Horse"). In the new ID, "xx" depends on the order you have your plug-ins loaded in; see Formid.
  • All of the horses are also listed in the category Oblivion-Creatures-Horses.
  • All stables only sell one type of horse; the Old Nag from the Chestnut Handy Stable can only be acquired with the Horse Armor Pack plug-in.

1 Wild horses can be found between Fort Alessia and Fort Homestead, near the southwestern shore of Lake Rumare. The small lowland field directly north of Alessia is the most frequent spot. Four to six wild horses exist, which will be a random combination of Wild Bay Horses, Wild Chestnut Horses, and Wild Paint Horses. It is difficult to approach the horses, but even if you can get near one, it is impossible to ride them.

[edit] Bay Horses

Creature Health Speed Attacks Soul Notes
Bay Horse
0001F11D
250 26 10pts Lesser Chestnut Handy Stables in the Imperial City (x4)
Grateful Pass Stables in Skingrad (x2)
Bay Roan Stables in Bravil (x2)
My Bay Horse
0004DE8E
250 26 10pts Lesser Bay Roan Stables in Bravil
Armored Bay Horse
xx00210F/xx000CE5
500
My Bay Horse
0004E28B
250 26 10pts Lesser Grateful Pass Stables in Skingrad
Armored Bay Horse
xx002110/xx001BAE
500
Bay HorseKotN
xx000FA8
250 26 2pts Lesser Geimund's horse; found at the Priory of the Nine after Geimund arrives at the priory.
This horse is freely available to the player.
Horses that cannot be Purchased
Bay Horse
000A55ED
250 26 2pts Lesser Five Riders Stable in Leyawiin
Bay Horse
0000CF22
250 26 2pts Lesser Roxey Inn (owned by Claude Maric)
Weynon Priory Horse
000C01AC
250 26 10pts Lesser Weynon Priory (Martin's Horse).
After the Weynon Priory quest, this horse is found in the stables at Cloud Ruler Temple.
There is a chestnut Weynon Priory Horse, too, which is listed separately.
Wild Bay Horse1
00015B90
250 26 10pts Lesser This horse cannot be ridden.
Imperial Legion Horses
Imperial Legion Horse
000700D5
400 26 10pts Lesser Aleswell
Imperial Legion Horse
000700D1
400 26 10pts Lesser Horse Whisperer Stables in Anvil
Imperial Legion Horse
0018BA8B
400 26 10pts Lesser Black Waterside Stables in Cheydinhal
Imperial Legion Horse
0018BA8A
400 26 10pts Lesser North Country Stables in Chorrol
Imperial Legion Horse
000700D4
400 26 10pts Lesser Near Kvatch
Imperial Legion Horse
000700D7
400 26 10pts Lesser On the Orange Road near Chorrol
Imperial Legion Horse
000700D8
400 26 10pts Lesser Near Kvatch
Imperial Legion Horse
0018BA8C
400 26 10pts Lesser Five Riders Stable in Leyawiin
Imperial Legion Horse
000700D6
400 26 10pts Lesser Near Fort Nikel
Imperial Legion Horse
000700CE
400 26 10pts Lesser South of Bruma
Imperial Legion Horse
000700DB
400 26 10pts Lesser On the Gold Road east of Skingrad
Imperial Legion Horse
000700D0
400 26 10pts Lesser Roxey Inn
Imperial Legion Horse
000700CF
400 26 10pts Lesser On the Orange Road near Bruma
Imperial Legion Horse
000700D2
400 26 10pts Lesser Near Sardavar Leed
Imperial Legion Horse
000700D9
400 26 10pts Lesser Near the Shrine of Clavicus Vile
Imperial Legion Horse
000700DA
400 26 10pts Lesser Near Wellspring Cave
Imperial Legion Horse
000700D3
400 26 10pts Lesser Near Wellspring Cave

[edit] Black Horses

Creature Health Speed Attacks Soul Notes
Black Horse
0001F11A
325 33 15pts Lesser Chestnut Handy Stables in the Imperial City
Black Waterside Stables in Cheydinhal (x2)
Brindle Home (x2)
My Black Horse
0004DE8F
325 33 15pts Lesser Black Waterside Stables in Cheydinhal
Armored Black Horse
xx002111/xx000CE7
650
Shadowmere
00032BF4
500 33 20pts Greater Fort Farragut
Shadowmere (Armored)
xx002116/xx000CE6
750
Horses that cannot be Purchased
Black Horse
000BE331
400 33 15pts Lesser Black Horse Courier #1
Black Horse
000BE547
400 33 15pts Lesser Black Horse Courier #2
Black Horse
000BE54F
400 33 15pts Lesser Black Horse Courier #3
Black Horse
000BE556
400 33 15pts Lesser Black Horse Courier #4
Black Horse
0018D4CD
0 none Already dead. Far north of Anvil

[edit] Chestnut Horses

Creature Health Speed Attacks Soul Notes
Chestnut Horse
00015B92
200 29 10pts Lesser Chestnut Handy Stables in the Imperial City
Brina Cross Inn
North Country Stables in Chorrol (x2)
My Chestnut Horse
0004DE90
200 29 10pts Lesser North Country Stables in Chorrol
Armored Chestnut Horse
xx002112/xx000CE8
400
Chestnut HorseKotN
xx000FA9
200 29 10pts Lesser Gukimir's horse; found at the Priory of the Nine after Gukimir arrives at the priory.
This horse is freely available to the player.
Horses that cannot be Purchased
Weynon Priory Horse
000C01AD
200 23 10pts Lesser Weynon Priory (Jauffre's horse),
After Weynon Priory, this horse is found in the stables at Cloud Ruler Temple.
The horse is owned by the Blades. Therefore if the player chooses to join the Blades, this horse becomes freely available to the player.
There is a bay Weynon Priory Horse, too, which is listed separately.
Wild Chestnut Horse1
0001F11C
200 29 10pts Lesser Between Fort Homestead and Fort Alessia. This horse cannot be ridden.

[edit] Paint Horses

Creature Health Speed Attacks Soul Notes
Paint Horse
0001F11E
300 23 10pts Lesser Chestnut Handy Stables in the Imperial City
Brindle Home (x2)
Black Waterside Stables in Cheydinhal (x2)
Wildeye Stables in Bruma (x2)
Five Riders Stable in Leyawiin (x2)
My Paint Horse
0004DE91
300 23 10pts Lesser Wildeye Stables in Bruma
Armored Paint Horse
xx002113/xx000CE9
600
My Paint Horse
0005322D
300 23 10pts Lesser Five Riders Stable in Leyawiin
Armored Paint Horse
xx002114/xx001BAF
600
Prior Maborel's Paint Horse
0005DCC9
300 23 10pts Lesser Weynon Priory
Prior Maborel's Horse (Armored)
xx002115/xx000CEB
600
Armored Old Nag
xx0034CC/xx0034CA
250 23 5pts Lesser Chestnut Handy Stables in the Imperial City. There is no unarmored version of this horse.
Horses that cannot be Purchased
Paint HorseKotN
xx000FA7
300 23 10pts Lesser Lathon's horse; found at the Priory of the Nine after Lathon arrives at the priory.
Since this horse is owned by Lathon, riding it is considered stealing.
Blossom
0007B78E
200 26 10pts Lesser Hackdirt
Wild Paint Horse1
00015B93
300 23 2pts Lesser This horse cannot be ridden
Paint Horse
0018AD8A
0 none Already dead. Near or in Oblivion Gates (x2)

[edit] White Horses

Creature Health Speed Attacks Soul Notes
White Horse
0001F11B
400 29 12pts Lesser Horse Whisperer Stables in Anvil (x2)
Chestnut Handy Stables in the Imperial City
My White Horse
0004DE8D
400 29 12pts Lesser Horse Whisperer Stables in Anvil
Armored White Horse
xx002117/xx000CEA
750
Unicorn
0001EC58
350 29 45pts Greater Found in Harcane Grove protected by three Minotaurs of the Grove; part of Hircine's Daedric quest. The unicorn has the following abilities:
Horses that cannot be Purchased
White Horse
00115E38
400 29 12pts Lesser Five Riders Stable in Leyawiin

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