Riding Skill is the system by which you improve the abilities of your mounts. Your Riding Skill is character-bound and can only be improved once every 20 hours at a stable. There are three stats available for increase, and each can be raised to a maximum of 60:
- Speed: Determines the speed at which you move while mounted. Valuable for crossing large distances in Cyrodiil. Each upgrade increases your horse's Speed by 1%.
- Stamina: The health of your mount. Decreases when hit or while sprinting. You will be forced to dismount if hit when this stat is at zero, so upgrading stamina will allow you to take more damage before this happens. Each upgrade increases your horse's Stamina by 1%.
- Capacity: Similar to bag space upgrades, this stat allows you to increase your passive carrying capacity. Each upgrade increases your inventory capacity by 1 point.
Each upgrade costs 250 . A single mount is needed before you can increase your Riding Skill. Riding Lessons can also be purchased from the Crown Store in order to speed up the training process. After 20 points in a single stat, a cosmetic upgrade will be applied to your mounts (a bridle for Speed, armor for Stamina, and saddlebags for Capacity). These can be turned off in your gameplay settings.
Before Update 6, mount stats were tied to individual mounts rather than a character's Riding Skill. Each mount would need to be "fed" daily, increasing its level up to a maximum of 50 and therefore limiting its final stats. Only five individual mounts could be owned at any one time, and only after buying all available Stable Spaces, with prices increasing from 10 all the way to 10,000 . You could own multiple horses of the same type if you wished. Horses could also be sold back to clear up space. By doing so, it was possible to set a character as having no active mount, which is no longer possible with the Collections system. However, switching mounts at the time required speaking to a stablemaster, which can now be done directly from the Collections screen.