Lore: Bestiary: H

Horses are quadrupedal animals used for travel. They may occasionally be eaten, but this is considered in bad taste, and their hides can be tanned into leather.

There are many different varieties of horses found across Tamriel. They are bred for many purposes, including combat, sport, and labor. Horses can be outfitted in armor.[1][2] As with many creatures, horses can be reanimated by necromancers.[3]

Unique HorsesEdit


Arvak is a unique horse found in the Soul Cairn. He and his owner were brought to the Soul Cairn together and separated. He can be temporarily summoned to Tamriel with a spell.


Shadowmere is a unique horse associated with the Dark Brotherhood. It is black with red eyes, and is more powerful than most other horses, possibly even immortal.


Bay HorseEdit

A breed of horse in Cyrodiil, with a dark brown color. The Imperial Legion train many of these as mounts, and they can also be found wild in Cyrodiil.

Bay Dun HorseEdit

A type of horse bred for speed and agility, often used by scouts. [4]

Black HorseEdit

The fastest breed of horse in Cyrodiil. Black horses have also been sighted in the wilds of Skyrim.

Brown Paint HorseEdit

A strong variety of horse favored by farmers and traders. [4]

Chestnut HorseEdit

A breed of horse in Cyrodiil, where they can be found either wild or domesticated.

Dapple Gray PalfreyEdit

An intelligent variety of horse favored by nobles. [4]

Gray Yokudan ChargerEdit

Gray Yokudan Chargers are a breed descended from Yokudan warhorses. [4]

Imperial HorseEdit

A fierce white breed.[4]

Midnight SteedEdit

A black breed of horse with exceptional endurance. When bred with a Skyrim ice-horse, it can produce White Mane Horses. [4]

Paint HorseEdit

The slowest breed of horse in Cyrodiil, where they can be found either wild or domesticated.

Palomino HorseEdit

Palomino Horses are strong, fast horses preferred by couriers and sportsmen. [4]

Piebald DestrierEdit

Piebald Destriers are warhorses known for their courage and tenacity. [4]


A type of horse native to the Druadach Mountains in the Reach known for their tenacity, fighting spirit and hardiness.[5] They can be temperamental and it is hard to earn their trust.[6]

Shadowghost HorseEdit

Shadowghost Horses are found on misty nights when the moons are dark. They are not known to be bred, and are only found in the wild. Because of this, they are captured by Shadowghost Wranglers, who break them for riding.[4] Shadowghost ponies are said to appear on nights during Witches Festival near the graves of children, and are easily caught if lured with a carrot or apple.[7]

Skyrim Ice-HorseEdit

A variety of horse presumably found in Skyrim. When bred with a Midnight Steed, it can produce a White Mane Horse. [4]

Sorrel HorseEdit

A dependable[4] brown breed of horse.

White HorseEdit

A breed of horse found in Cyrodiil.

White Mane HorseEdit

A cross between a Midnight Steed and a Skyrim ice-horse. [4]

White-Gold Imperial CourserEdit

A variety created after years of extensive breeding, said to be the most beautiful horse in all of Tamriel and owned only by the wealthiest.[4] White-Gold ponies are said to have been bred as the birthday present for a noble's daughter, though it is debated throughout Cyrodiil which family claims this prestige.[7]

Winter Dapple GrayEdit

A dappled gray horse. Looks fashionable when bedecked with festive garland.

Witch Knight ChargerEdit

A variety of horse bred by the Reachmen during their invasion of High Rock, inspired by the horses of the Breton mounted knights. [4]

Yokudan WarhorseEdit

A type of horse said to be ridden into battle by the Forebears.[8] Gray Yokudan Chargers are said to be descended from them. [4]

Other HorsesEdit

Frost MareEdit

Frost Mares are horses of solid ice, thought to be Daedra from the icy plane of Takubar.[9]

Nightmare CourserEdit

Nightmare Coursers are flaming black horses that may have been created or influenced by Mehrunes Dagon. [4]


  • Some Dwarven vamidia were constructed in the shape of horses.
  • Conjurers are able to compel Atronachs to adopt the form of horses.


  1. ^ Oblivion Horse Armor DLC
  2. ^ Dwarven War Horse mount appearance and description in ESO
  3. ^ Fang Lair Courser and Skeletal Horse mount description in ESO
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p ESO mount descriptions/Crown Store blurbs
  5. ^ Reachmare Horse Blanket item description in ESO
  6. ^ Flora and Fauna of the Druadach MountainsTelraves Decanis, Imperial Botanist
  7. ^ a b ESO pet descriptions/Crown Store blurbs
  8. ^ A Child's Tamriel Bestiary
  9. ^ Elder Scrolls Online - Crown Store Showcase