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Horses on Toril came in a number of breeds, of varying size and demeanor. They were often used by humanoid races for riding, the pulling of carts and wagons or other forms of work.[6][7][8]


Horses were classified in a number of different manners. Chargers, or more plainly warhorses were those horses bred to ride in battle.[9] Light warhorses were referred to as coursers while heavy warhorses were known as destriers.[10]


Some of the best-trained horses were trained by the elven House Korianthil.[11]


Horses were considered sacred to many faiths of Faerûn. Warhorses were important to followers of Anhur, the Red Knight, and Tempus. Pinto and piebald horses were particularly favored by Deneir; palomino horses to Waukeen. Gray-haired horsed were sacred to Mask, while white ones were sacred to Milil, and chestnut-colored horses to Sune. Mystra favored donkeys, horses, and mules with blue or mismatched eyes. Intelligent horses were also native to the celestial realms of Sehanine Moonbow.[12]

Horses were a kind of novelty for Thymari dragonborn, as such beasts weren't common in Abeir. As such, horses, specially warhorses were highly valued by Thymari, who cared for them as precious friends.[13]


A white horse was the symbol for the sun elf house of Evanara.[14]

Notable Breeds[]


Heavy horses
Amphailan • Cream draft • Kromlor • Miradan's breed • Nars • Phlan cart horse • Sembian draft • Tendal • Thymari
Heavy warhorses
Amphailan Black charger • Cormyrean destrier • Ostorian • Tantran Destrier • TharurrIshen-Charac
Light horses
Amphail Gray • Baldurian Rider • Barrowright farm horse • ChiontharCormyrean Strider • Darromar • Esmel long rider • Fox Trotter • Halruaan • Lhesperan • Mintan • Mucklestone • New Forest • SemphariShaaran zebra • Shire riding horse • SosserSteppe horse
Light warhorses
CalimiteDambraii • Duskwood skewbald • Emberhawk • Golden Trotter • Ixinosia Longhair • MethRaurinShad'iar • Thayan Black • Vilhon
Amphail fancyCarmathan RedNathoudi stallionPlainsteed


Ponies were often used as mounts by smaller humanoids like halflings or small humans.[citation needed]

Dales pony • Forest pony • Island pony • Orsraun pony • Mountain pony • Nether pony • Shire pony • Snowflake Mountain pony • Sunrise pony • Wild pony
War ponies
Hammer ponyWhiteshield


Donkey (Uglib) • Gens D'OrMoon-horsePixie breed horse


See Also[]



Further Reading[]


  1. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 321, 336, 340. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 159. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 273–274. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 194. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  5. Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 53. ISBN 0-935696-00-8.
  6. Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 131–132. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  7. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (DM's Sourcebook of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 12. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  8. Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 94. ISBN 978-1560763581.
  9. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 273. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  10. Gary Gygax (June 1983). “From the Sorcerer's Scroll: Warhorses and barding”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #74 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 4–6.
  11. Anne Gray McCready et al. (March 1994). Elves of Evermeet. (TSR, Inc), p. 40. ISBN 1-5607-6829-0.
  12. Sean K. Reynolds (2002-05-04). Deity Do's and Don'ts (Zipped PDF). Web Enhancement for Faiths and Pantheons. Wizards of the Coast. pp. 10–15. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-08.
  13. Richard Lee Byers (2010). Whisper of Venom. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 23–24. ISBN 0786955619.
  14. Anne Gray McCready et al. (March 1994). Elves of Evermeet. (TSR, Inc), p. 39. ISBN 1-5607-6829-0.