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Horse

This proud horse thunders across the grassy plain with fluid grace, wind tugging at its loose-fitting barding.

Horse CR 1

XP 400

N Large animal

Init +2; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +6

Defense

AC 11, touch 11, flat-footed 9 (+2 Dex, –1 size)

hp 15 (2d8+6)

Fort +6, Ref +5, Will +1

Offense

Speed 50 ft.

Melee 2 hooves –2 (1d4+1)

Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.

Statistics

Str 16, Dex 14, Con 17, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 7

Base Atk +1; CMB +5; CMD 17 (21 vs. trip)

Feats Endurance, RunB

Skills Perception +6

SQ docile

Ecology

Environment temperate plains

Organization solitary, pair, or herd (3–30)

Treasure none

Special Abilities

Docile (Ex) Unless specifically trained for combat (see the Handle Animal skill, a horse's hooves are treated as secondary attacks.

Horses stand 5 to 6 feet tall at the shoulder and weigh between 1,000 and 1,500 pounds.

The statistics above are for a typical riding horse, called by some a “light horse.” Some horses are larger and heartier, bred for labor such as pulling plows or carriages. These horses are called “heavy horses” and gain the following adjustments to the base statistics detailed above.

Heavy Horse: A heavy horse gains the advanced simple template. In addition, it also gains a bite attack that inflicts 1d4 damage, and its hoof damage increases to 1d6. As with a light horse, a heavy horse can be specifically trained for combat with the Handle Animal skill.

Horse, Pony

This squat equine plods forward with large, curious eyes. As it nears, it extends its muzzle, clearly expecting a treat.

Pony CR 1/2

XP 200

N Medium animal

Init +1; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +5

Defense

AC 11, touch 11, flat-footed 10 (+1 Dex)

hp 13 (2d8+4)

Fort +5, Ref +4, Will +0

Offense

Speed 40 ft.

Melee 2 hooves –3 (1d3)

Statistics

Str 13, Dex 13, Con 14, Int 2, Wis 11, Cha 4

Base Atk +1; CMB +2; CMD 13 (17 vs. trip)

Feats Endurance, RunB

Skills Perception +5

SQ docile (see horse)

Ecology

Environment temperate plains

Organization solitary, pair, or herd (3–30)

Treasure none

Ponies are smaller breeds of horses better suited to halflings, gnomes, and dwarves, but they also make fond pets for humans as well. They stand 3 to 4 feet tall and weigh about 600 pounds.

A light load for a pony is up to 100 pounds, a medium load is 101–200 pounds, and a heavy load is 201–300 pounds. A pony can drag 1,500 pounds.

The statistics presented above are for a typical pony. Tougher ponies with the advanced simple template exist, but are relatively uncommon and, unlike horses, these creatures are not generally called “heavy ponies.” Like horses, ponies can be trained for combat with the Handle Animal skill, and such mounts often serve halflings, gnomes, and other small races as steeds in combat.