Mr.CoffeeCup wrote:A reasonable GM would never make people those checks out of combat, much less every six seconds, no. It is probably worth clarifying the rules text just because not everyone applies common sense. Adding a "riding tactic" that specifies it isn't fatiguing would suffice for example.
I've seen many posts on this and I wonder if I am the only GM that let the PCs ride animals without making those checks? It seems ridiculous to me that every six seconds each PC would need to handle and command the animal to continue moving.
My group was given trained mounts to ride. They rode them until there was a battle. The PCs would have needed to use Handle Animal and Command Animal at that point to use them in combat. They opted to dismount and engage on foot.
I don't prefer the introduction of all the mechanics describing exploration, but that seems like a reasonable approach based on the direction the game system has gone.