For PC, GOTY Version
By _Rise_Against_       

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                          Copyright 2009 Nathan Spencer
   The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Edition Copyright Bethesda Softworks 2007


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|===============|             1.0: INFORMATION             |================|
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This section of this guide just kind of explains its purpose and how
to get around it. Generally, if you need to find something, you can just hold
the "Ctrl" and "F" keys together and then search for the term you're looking
for, or the the section.  For example, to find this section, you could search
for "1.0".  Pretty simple, huh?

Now let's move onto the purpose of this guide.  It's a guide to the
ownable horses in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for PC.  Although some other
walkthroughs also have brief guides on the same subject, I set out to make
one that was much more focused on the horses, and gives more information on
the topic.  Enjoy!



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|===============|               1.1: CONTENTS              |================|
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   I N T R O D U C T I O N

   1.0: Information
   1.1: Contents
   1.2: Copyright Info
   1.3: Version History
   1.4: Polls
   1.5: Stable Guide

   H O R S E   G U I D E S

   2.0: Horse Info
   2.1: Paint Horses
   2.2: Bay Horses
   2.3: Chestnut Horses
   2.4: White Horses
   2.5: Black Horses
   2.6: Other Legal Horses
   2.7: Illegal Horses
   2.8: Horse Stats Table
   2.9: Horse Armor

   C L O S I N G 

   3.0: FAQs
   3.1: Conclusion
   3.2: Contact Info
   3.3: Credits



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|===============|            1.2: COPYRIGHT INFO           |================|
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This FAQ/Guide is Copyright 2009 Nathan Spencer.  As of now, this
guide was written for GameFAQS.com, and its affiliates, such as
GameSpot, and Super Cheats. If you see this guide posted anywhere else,
please let me know. (See section 3.2) If you want to print this out, I really
don't care, as long as you include this section, or at least don't take credit
for it.  Or, if you would like this guide on your webiste, just send me an
email and I'll add you to this list.  If you use this guide and are
unauthorized to do so, I will take immediate legal action against you. Thanks!
Here's a more official, legal kind of statement:

This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for
personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise
distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide
on any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly
prohibited, and a violation of copyright.



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|===============|           1.3: VERSION HISTORY           |================|
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Version 0.30 - I just started the guide today, and I finished the first
June08, 2009   couple of sections, up to the Paint Horse part. I figure I'll
               finish up the guide in the next few days with some hard work,
               and have it posted by the end of the week.

Version 0.70 - I finished the majority of the actual horse section today,
June09, 2009   although they'll probably need some touching up later.  I also
               finished the title image, which looked kind of lame before.
               It wouldn't surprise me if I could finish this guide later
               today or tomorrow, and I might have it posted by 12th or the
               13th. 

Version 0.90 - Even though it's still the 9th, I felt that I needed to post
June09, 2009   another update to the version history because I did more
               work on the guide that really is a separate update.  I did
               that touch up that I mentioned, and added step-by-step
               instructions about how to get each horse to the horse guides.
               I also finished the closing sections, but they weren't very
               long, so it didn't exactly take forever to do.  I'll run a
               spell check and a quick proofread tomorrow, and hopefully
               be done and posted before long.

Version 1.00 - This will probably be the first posted version.  I ran a spell
June10, 2009   check, and polished up all the dividers and tables.  It should
               be posted very soon, so I hope that you enjoy it.  In the
               future I plan to add an FAQ section, add more horses, some of
               which are unownable, and of course correct any spelling or
               factual errors.  Thanks for all of your support.

Version 1.05 - I just fixed a fairly minor formatting error where the boxes
June11, 2009   that held the horses' stats had a hole in the border, and I
               made a minor change to the copyright that made it a little
               more official.  However, I also realized that I posted the
               guide under the GOTY version, while everyone else posted
               their's under the standard version.  I gathered the info
               using the GOTY version, but none of it is really game-
               specific, so I'd like to hear what you guys think.  Either
               way, there'll be an update tomorrow with (gasp) new content!

Version 1.15 - Today I fixed a minor typo in the table of contents, and
June12, 2009   added an FAQ section.  If you look closely, you'll also
               notice that the "Other Horses" section, has been changed
               to "Other Legal Horses", which is just a little hint for
               the new section that's coming tomorrow. ;) Be sure to let
               me know what you think about my problem too. (see Version
               1.05 in version history) Of course, I also fixed a spelling
               mistake, but I'm sure nobody cares about that.
               
Version 1.25 - Today's update is fairly major; I've added a new section,
June13, 2009   called "Illegal Horses", which covers some of the horses
               which are not so legal to ride.  I also added to the horse
               stats table, and changed the format so that there are no
               longer any indentations.  On top of all of that, I added
               on to the FAQ section.

Version 1.30 - I just fixed a minor spelling error, added more info on
June15, 2009   Shadowmere, and added a question to the FAQ.  Expect another
               update later this week or early next week.

Version 1.35 - I fixed a speling error, capitalized horses names, (such as
June19, 2009   "Bay Horse") and added a new section which is meant to give
               me an idea of how to improve the guide.  Although the new
               "Polls" section is uninformational, there will be another
               informational section coming on Monday, so keep checking
               back. ;)

Version 1.40 - Today's update is a new information section that shows the
June22, 2009   stable names and locations.  You can find it in section
               1.5.  Remember to vote in the poll for the next update!

Version 1.41 - I just changed to poll to something that was less like a
June23, 2009   controlled way of making a suggestion and fixed a typo.
               Tomorrow we'll have a update about spell reception on
               horses, which was suggested by another user.

Version 1.42 - Sorry that this version came much later and smaller than
July02, 2009   expected, I've recently been caught up in other interests.
               (namely, The Conduit)  There is now a paragraph about
               horses and spell reception in section 2.0.

Version 1.43 - I just fixed a couple of spelling and grammar errors.  And
Nov.09, 2009   just to let you guys now, I am still around, just not quite
               as often. So the polls are still open. :D

Version 1.44 - Just a quick poll update.
Nov.28, 2009
               


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This section is meant to give me an idea of what you do with horses, so that
I can use that information to better improve this guide.  To vote, all you
have to do is send me an email with your choice.  Of course, if there is
something that you want to see improved or added to the guide, don't wait
for a poll to let me know.


 WHICH HORSE DO YOU USUALLY USE?

 A: Paint Horse.......................0% (0 votes)
 B: Bay Horse.........................0% (0 votes)
 C: Chestnut Horse....................0% (0 votes)
 D: White Horse.......................0% (0 votes)
 E: Black Horse......................50% (1 votes)
 F: Other (Specify)..................50% (1 votes)

 TOTAL VOTES: 2


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|===============|               1.5: STABLES               |================|
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This section is just here to show all of Cyrodiil's stables, and give some
quick information about them, so that you can find the best stable to buy
your horse.  Here are the stables:

                   LOCATION        HORSE      PRICE    OWNER   
FIVE RIDERS        Leyawiin        Paint      500      Cat-Face
WILDEYE            Bruma           Paint      500      Petrine
BAY ROAN           Bravil          Bay        1000     Isabeau Bienne  
GRATEFUIL PASS     Skingrad        Bay        1000     Ugak gra-Mogakh
NORTH COUNTRY      Chorrol         Chestnut   2500     Bogond
HORSE WHISPERER    Anvil           White      4000     Clesa
BLACK WATERSIDE    Cheydinhal      Black      5000     Tovas Selvani
CHESTNUT HANDY     Imperial City   Old Nag*    -       Snak gra-Bura
WEYNON PRIORY      Weynon Priory   Weynon      -            -
CLOUD RULER        Cloud Ruler     Weynon      -            -

*You must have downloaded the official horse armor plug-in to access Old Nag

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Horses are extremely important to travel in Oblivion; they can be
much faster than running all over the place, (unless you're really, really
fast) and they can help you fight for the short time that they stay alive
in battle. (Unless of course you buy the horse armor add-on) Controlling a
horse is a little bit different than controlling your character though, so
here's a quick list of the controls. By the way, you can't attack while on
a horse. Sorry to bear the bad news.

         Mounting/Dismounting - Spacebar
                    Move View - Mouse
         Move Horse Direction - A (left), D(right)
                   Toggle Run - Caps Lock
                         Jump - E 
                         Move - W (forward), S (backwards)

Horses can be bought in stables outside of cities all over Cyrodiil,
so finding one shouldn't be a problem, especially since you can get some for
free. Be aware that they can die quickly though, ruining your investment,
and they are quite hard to keep track of. When you quick travel to a city,
your horse will automatically be stored in the stables.  If you quick travel
while on your horse, you will get to your destination quickly, and if it's a
city, it will still go to the stables.  You can tell your horse from the 
others in the stables because it won't have a red horseshoe symbol when you
look at it. That is not a great mistake to make, especially since stables
are usually around the door guards of the city, and the guards are not
especially forgiving if you accidently hop onto the wrong horse.

Along with speed, horses also have a few other useful abilities,
such as climbing extremely steep slopes that you could not climb alone.
Descending cliffs is not so great on a horse, because they can become
damaged when going down. (This is signaled by a whinnying sound).
Horses can also swim and go underwater, also it is a slow process, and
you must be careful not to drown if you go under the surface.  Leaving
water can also be a pain, but you should be able to get back on land
by jumping to build up some traction.  Even though some horse travel
can be slow, it is an extremely versatile method, because horses can
go almost anywhere.

*Your spells can be used on almost and NPC in the game, and horses are
no exception.  You can use a spell with an "on Touch" or "on Target"
use to heal your horse, enhance its stats, and even make it walk on
water: the possibilities are endless.  Just think of it as horsey
steriods. ;) If you aren't satisfied by your horse, casting a quick
spell or visiting a shrine to enhance it can be fast, easy alternatives
to buying a completely new horse for a small fortune.

Buying the right horse is very important, because horses can cost
as much as 5000 gold.  The last thing you want is to realize that the
expensive horse you just bought isn't the best one for your needs. Horses
can serve a wide variety of purposes, so keep in mind what you want from
your horse when considering which one to buy.  Up next we'll explain the
different species of horses, so stay tuned folks, and grab your saddles.


*This paragraph was suggested by an anonymous user.  If you are reading this,
and you are the one who suggested this paragraph, feel free to send me an
email with a name to credit you with.

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|===============|             2.1: PAINT HORSES            |================|
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Paint Horses are the cheapest horses in Cyrodiil, but they aren't the
worst in my opinion.  They are quite sturdy, and you get a lot of horse for
your money. Obtaining a Paint Horse is also very easy; they are sold in the
stables at Bruma and Leyawiin, and you can find one for free in Weynon Priory
during the "Deliver the Amulet" quest.  Here's the Paint Horses' stats. (If
you want to compare the stats of multiple horses, see section 2.8)


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|   ATTRIBUTES            SKILLS                OTHER STATS                 |
|                                                                           |
|   Str: 50               Combat: 40            Health: 300                 |
|   Int: 20               Magic: 50             Spells Pts: 50              |
|   Wil: 50               Stealth: 30           Fatigue: 50                 |
|   Agi: 50               Soul: Lesser          Personality: 50             |
|   Spd: 23*                                    Attack Damage: 10           |
|   End: 50                                     Color: Brown/White/Black    |
|   Luc: 50                                     Price: 500                  |
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   *A horse's speed attribute does not compare to a player's speed attribute

So, if you want to buy a Paint Horse, you'll need to know where to
do it.  There are two places to get your Paint Horse: Bruma or Leyawiin.
If you want to get it from Bruma, you'll need to quick travel to Wildeye
Stables, just outside of the city gates. (It should be marked as previously
visited already, so you won't need to go there on foot) As soon as you get
there, there will be a shack right in front of you.  (It's open from 9 A.M.
to 8 P.M., so don't show up at midnight) Just walk on in and talk to Petrine,
the only Nord in the shack.  In fact, she's the only person in the shack, so
it shouldn't be that hard to find her. Talk to her and follow this dialogue
path:

1: Buy a Horse
2: 500 gold is affordable. I'll take it.

Then you can just walk outside and hop on your horse, which will be
located inside the fence right outside the shack.  It will be called "My 
Paint Horse", so don't hop on one that's just called "Paint Horse".
 
Buying a horse in Leyawiin isn't much different.  Quick travel
to the Five Riders Stables this time, and enter the shack you see there,
assuming you show up between 9 A.M. and 8 P.M.  Talk to Cat-Face, the
Argonian, who is inside.  Then follow this dialogue path:

1: Buy a Horse
2: Only 500 gold? I buy one.

As always, you can just hop up onto the horse outside in the fence
that says "My Paint Horse".  However, if you want to get a free horse from
Weynon Priory, you'll need to quick travel to Weynon Priory and deliver the
Amulet of Kings to Jauffre if you haven't already done so.  Afterwards you
should head downstairs and talk to Prior Maborel, the redheaded guy with
the weird hair.  He'll ask you if you want to take his horse, so accept the
offer and head outside and through an arch shaped passage through the main
building to reach the stables.  If you see Eronor, the dark elf, you're in
the right place.  Just walk up to the horse that says "Prior Maborel's
Paint Horse" and mount it.  It won't be counted as one of your owned horses,
but it will travel with you for as long as you choose to keep it.



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Bay Horses are the second cheapest horses, which cost about 1000
gold. (500 gold more than Paint Horses) The extra cash is mostly for a
faster horse; the Bay Horses are quicker than the Paint.  In combat however,
Bay Horses are somewhat lacking.  They have less health than the Paint
horses, and they really aren't any better for defending themselves.  In my
opinion, there really is no good reason to buy a Bay Horse, unless you
want a somewhat fast horse in a tight budget.  But, if you like their silky
brown coats, I suppose that works too.  Either way, if you really want one,
you can buy them in the stables at Skingrad or Bravil. 

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|   ATTRIBUTES            SKILLS                OTHER STATS                 |
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|   Str: 50               Combat: 30            Health: 250                 |
|   Int: 20               Magic: 50             Spells Pts: 50              |
|   Wil: 50               Stealth: 30           Fatigue: 50                 |
|   Agi: 50               Soul: Lesser          Personality: 50             |
|   Spd: 26*                                    Attack Damage: 10           |
|   End: 50                                     Color: Brown/Black          |
|   Luc: 50                                     Price: 1000                 |
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   *A horse's speed attribute does not compare to a player's speed attribute

To get a Bay Horse, you'll need to either quick travel to the Bay
Roan Stables near Bravil, or the Grateful Pass Stables near Skingrad. Either
way, you can just walk into the shack from nine in the morning to eight in
the evening, and talk to the stable owner.  In Bravil, the stable owner is
Isabeau Bienne.  Talk to her and follow the following dialogue path:

1: Buy a Horse
2: 1000 you say? I'll take it.

If you're in Skingrad, just talk to Ugak gra-Mogakh, the ugly lady
inside the shack, and say the following:

1: Buy a Horse
2: I can afford 1000 gold for a horse.

That's it! Now you can just go outside and mount your shiny new
(although not so great) Bay Horse!



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Chestnuts are smack in the middle of horse prices at 2500 gold a pop.
I don't really like Chestnuts either, because they are essentially Bay 
Horses, with exaggerated strengths and weaknesses.  They are the worst horses
in combat; they have only 2/3 of the health of the much cheaper Paint Horse,
and only half the combat skill.  However, there is a reason to buy a Chestnut
Horse; they are faster than Bays and Paints, and they aren't nearly as pricey
as the White and Black Horses.  Still, you may need to ask yourself if the
increase in speed is worth the low combat skill and extra cash.  If you think
it's a fair trade off, you can head over the Chorrol to make your purchase.
Or, alternatively, if you are a member of the blades, you can take Jauffre's
horse at Cloud Ruler Temple for free, although it is slower: it only has 23
speed, much like a Paint Horse.

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|   ATTRIBUTES            SKILLS                OTHER STATS                 |
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|   Str: 50               Combat: 20            Health: 200                 |
|   Int: 20               Magic: 50             Spells Pts: 50              |
|   Wil: 50               Stealth: 30           Fatigue: 50                 |
|   Agi: 50               Soul: Lesser          Personality: 50             |
|   Spd: 29*~                                   Attack Damage: 10           |
|   End: 50                                     Color: Light Brown/White    |
|   Luc: 50                                     Price: 2500                 |
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   *A horse's speed attribute does not compare to a player's speed attribute
   ~Speed is 23 if it is the Weynon Priory Chestnut Horse from Cloud Ruler

Although there is only one way to buy a Chestnut Horse, there is
another one to obtain one for free if you are a member of the blades. If
you do want to buy your Chestnut, they head on over to the North Country
Stables near Chorrol and enter the shack, as always.  Talk to Bogond, the
dark elf who runs the place and say "Buy a Horse".  I'm going to assume that
by this point, you understand how to buy a horse, so I'll leave out the
dialogue paths from now on. ;) It will cost you 2500 at the North County
Stables, but if you want a cheaper Chestnut Horse, join the blades and
travel to Cloud Rule Temple.

From the entrance of Cloud Ruler, you can just head straight forward
through the gate and up the stairs.  Then, at the top of the stairs, hang a
left to reach the stables.  If you have asked some of the residents at Cloud
Ruler Temple, and you're a member of the blades, you should be able to take
the Chestnut Horse called "Weynon Priory Horse".  (The Bay Horse with the same
name will never to legal to take) Be aware that the Weynon Priory Chestnut
Horse is as slow as a Paint Horse, but as weak as a Chestnut Horse.  So, if
you choose to think about it this way, you get the worst of both worlds. But,
beggars can't be choosers.



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White Horses are high-end horses; they have the best health of any
purchasable horse, a better combat skill than Paint, Bay, and Chestnuts, and
the second best horse speed in Cyrodiil.  Such a balanced horse comes at a
price though; each White Horse costs 4000 gold, and they can only be bought
in Anvil.  Still, if you want a sturdy horse, or if you can't afford the
1000 more gold for a Black Horse, the White Horses of Anvil can fit the
job well.

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|   ATTRIBUTES            SKILLS                OTHER STATS                 |
|                                                                           |
|   Str: 50               Combat: 50            Health: 400                 |
|   Int: 20               Magic: 50             Spells Pts: 50              |
|   Wil: 50               Stealth: 30           Fatigue: 50                 |
|   Agi: 50               Soul: Lesser          Personality: 50             |
|   Spd: 29*                                    Attack Damage: 12           |
|   End: 50                                     Color: White                |
|   Luc: 50                                     Price: 4000                 |
|                                                                           |
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   *A horse's speed attribute does not compare to a player's speed attribute

So the first thing you'll need to do to acquire a White Horse is to
quick travel to Horse Whisperer Stables near Anvil.  From there you can
simply hop over the fence and into the little house, where you can talk to
Clesa, the owner of the stables.  From there, you can just click "Buy a
Horse", accept the 4000 gold price, and be on your way. (On your new
horse of course) Like all of the stables, Horse Whisperer is open from
9 A.M. to 8 P.M.



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Black Horses are the best in Cyrodiil; although their health is lower
than the White Horses', they are faster and better in combat.  They can be
bought for 5000 gold each in Cheydinhal, or you can get an enhanced version
with better stats for free as a part of the Dark Brotherhood.  Shadowmere,
the free and enhanced version, will be covered later on, in section 2.6,
because it has different stats than most Black Horses.  The following stats
are for the Black Horses that can be purchased in Cheydinhal.

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|   ATTRIBUTES            SKILLS                OTHER STATS                 |
|                                                                           |
|   Str: 50               Combat: 60            Health: 325                 |
|   Int: 20               Magic: 50             Spells Pts: 50              |
|   Wil: 50               Stealth: 30           Fatigue: 50                 |
|   Agi: 50               Soul: Lesser          Personality: 50             |
|   Spd: 33*                                    Attack Damage: 15           |
|   End: 50                                     Color: Black                |
|   Luc: 50                                     Price: 5000                 |
|                                                                           |
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   *A horse's speed attribute does not compare to a player's speed attribute

A regular Black Horse can only be bought in Cheydinhal, so if you
want one, you should travel to Black Waterside Stables, which is just
outside the city gates.  Inside the shack at Black Waterside you should find
a Dunmer named Tovas Selvani.  He'll sell you a horse for 5000 gold.  If you
are looking for a cheaper route to getting a similar horse, you should
consider getting Shadowmere, who you can receive for completing the Dark
Brotherhood quest "The Purification".  Shadowmere cannot die, it is stronger
than a normal Black Horse, and it has much more health.  Because Shadowmere's
stats are not related to the stats of a standard Black Horse, his stats
aren't listed here.  Check out section 2.6 for more about Shadowmere and
other alternative horses.



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Along with the horses that can be bought from stables, many other
horses can be found and obtained through the game.  (Many more horses will
come to this section in the future, so stay tuned) We'll start with the
unicorn.  It was originally part of the Daedric Quest for Hircine, but it
can also be mounted and ridden.  It is very strong, but it has some major
drawbacks.  Here are its stats:
 
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|   ATTRIBUTES            SKILLS                OTHER STATS                 |
|                                                                           |
|   Str: 50               Combat: 70            Health: 350                 |
|   Int: 20               Magic: 50             Spells Pts: 50              |
|   Wil: 50               Stealth: 70           Fatigue: 240                |
|   Agi: 50               Soul: Greater         Personality: 50             |
|   Spd: 29                                     Attack Damage: 45           |
|   End: 50                                     Color: White                |
|   Luc: 50                                     Price: Free                 |
|                                                                           |
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| A unicorn can be found in Harcane Grove, guarded my minotaurs.  It can be |
| mounted and it will follow you, but if you draw your weapon in front of   |
| it, it will attack you, even if you are defending it. It cannot be        |
| "owned", although it will follow you as long as it is your horse, and it  |
| cannot be armored.  See section 2.9 for more on horse armor.              |
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|100% Resist Normal Weapon, 100% Resist Poison, 100% Resist Paralysis, 50%  |
|Resist Magic, 20% Reflect Damage                                           |
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Next up is Shadowmere, who is a Black Horse with much stronger stats
that a standard Black Horse.  She cannot die and she is very strong, but 
she is only acquired through the Dark Brotherhood quest "The Purification".
The quest is quite difficult though; It involves killing every member of the
Cheydinhal Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary, which is by no means an easy task.  
You should also be aware that if you are using the horse armor plug-in, you 
may want to refrain from armoring Shadowmere, because it will cause her to 
stop returning to Fort Farragut when she is lost, which could allow her to 
become lost very easily.  She is also great for storage; if you knock her 
out, you can access her inventory.  You can put anything you want in there,
and it will be nice and safe. (Even stolen goods) When you want to get them 
back, just knock her unconscious again and you can make a transaction. It's 
really a great way to carry extra supplies that would normally weigh you 
down, because it travels with you. Here are her stats:


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|   ATTRIBUTES            SKILLS                OTHER STATS                 |
|                                                                           |
|   Str: 50               Combat: 50            Health: 500                 |
|   Int: 20               Magic: 0              Spells Pts: 50              |
|   Wil: 50               Stealth: 50           Fatigue: 50                 |
|   Agi: 50               Soul: Greater         Personality: 50             |
|   Spd: 33                                     Attack Damage: 20           |
|   End: 50                                     Color: Black                |
|   Luc: 50                                     Price: Free                 |
|                                                                           |
<>=========================================================================<>
|Shadowmere cannot be killed.  Take care when putting armor on Shadowmere,  |
|as it causes her to become lost easily.                                    |
<>=========================================================================<>

Prior Maborel's Paint Horse is a great free Paint Horse that you
can get during the "Deliver the Amulet" quest, so it's a good idea to take
advantage of it.  His stats are as follows:


<>======================PRIOR MABOREL'S PAINT HORSE========================<>
|                                                                           |
|   ATTRIBUTES            SKILLS                OTHER STATS                 |
|                                                                           |
|   Str: 50               Combat: 40            Health: 300                 |
|   Int: 20               Magic: 50             Spells Pts: 50              |
|   Wil: 50               Stealth: 30           Fatigue: 50                 |
|   Agi: 50               Soul: Lesser          Personality: 50             |
|   Spd: 23                                     Attack Damage: 10           |
|   End: 50                                     Color: Brown/White/Black    |
|   Luc: 50                                     Price: Free                 |
|                                                                           |
<>=========================================================================<>
|This horse doesn't count towards your owned horse total.                   |
<>=========================================================================<>

Jauffre's horse, or "Weynon Priory Horse", is essentially a chestnut
horse with the speed and combat level of a Paint Horse.  It isn't a great
horse, but it's found in the Cloud Ruler Temple and it can be acquired for
free if you are a member of the Blades.


<>===========================WEYNON PRIORY HORSE===========================<>
|                                                                           |
|   ATTRIBUTES            SKILLS                OTHER STATS                 |
|                                                                           |
|   Str: 50               Combat: 40            Health: 200                 |
|   Int: 20               Magic: 50             Spells Pts: 50              |
|   Wil: 50               Stealth: 30           Fatigue: 50                 |
|   Agi: 50               Soul: Lesser          Personality: 50             |
|   Spd: 23                                     Attack Damage: 10           |
|   End: 50                                     Color: Light Brown/White    |
|   Luc: 50                                     Price: Free                 |
|                                                                           |
<>=========================================================================<>
|This horse doesn't count towards your owned horse total.                   |
<>=========================================================================<>

If you use the armor plug-in, you can also get Old Nag from Chestnut
Handy Stables for free, assuming you don't own another horse.  It only comes
in its armored form.

<>=================================OLD NAG=================================<>
|                                                                           |
|   ATTRIBUTES            SKILLS                OTHER STATS                 |
|                                                                           |
|   Str: 50               Combat: 40            Health: 250                 |
|   Int: 20               Magic: 50             Spells Pts: 50              |
|   Wil: 50               Stealth: 30           Fatigue: 50                 |
|   Agi: 50               Soul: Lesser          Personality: 50             |
|   Spd: 23                                     Attack Damage: 5            |
|   End: 50                                     Color: Brown/White/Black    |
|   Luc: 50                                     Price: Free                 |
|                                                                           |
<>=========================================================================<>
|This horse only comes in its armored form.                                 |
<>=========================================================================<>



<>--------------<>========================================<>---------------<>
|===============|            2.7: ILLEGAL HORSES           |================|
<>--------------<>========================================<>---------------<>

Some (or most) horses are illegal to ride, and although most players
don't take advantage of them, they are still horses that can be ridden, and
many of them have a unique set of stats and abilities.  Although they will
not follow you when you quick-travel, they won't be "owned" by you, and the
law will probably catch up to you, they can be interesting horses to ride,
and if you need to pick a getaway steed, then you might want to do some
research first.  We'll start with the Imperial Legion horse.  It looks like
a Bay Horse, and its speed is the same as that of a Bay Horse, but it has
nearly twice the health of a Bay Horse, and it has a slightly higher combat
level.  These two added skills cover up the weaknesses of a normal Bay Horse
very well, which is probably why every Imperial Legion occupied area uses
them.  Here is the stat set of an Imperial Legion horse:

<>=========================IMPERIAL LEGION HORSE===========================<>
|                                                                           |
|   ATTRIBUTES            SKILLS                OTHER STATS                 |
|                                                                           |
|   Str: 50               Combat: 35            Health: 400                 |
|   Int: 20               Magic: 0              Spells Pts: 50              |
|   Wil: 50               Stealth: 30           Fatigue: 50                 |
|   Agi: 50               Soul: Lesser          Personality: 50             |
|   Spd: 26                                     Attack Damage: 10           |
|   End: 50                                     Color: Brown/Black          |
|   Luc: 50                                     Price: Stolen Only          |
|                                                                           |
<>=========================================================================<>
|This is the only type of horse used by the Imperial Legion.                |
<>=========================================================================<>

If you went to get Jauffre's chestnut horse, called "Weynon Priory Horse" at
Cloud Ruler Temple, then you may have noticed that there was also a Bay Horse
there with the same name.  This horse belongs to Martin.  It has the same
stat set as a Bay Horse, but it is illegal to take. (although a little bit
more budget-friendly, at least until you have to pay your fine)

<>==========================WEYNON PRIORY HORSE============================<>
|                                                                           |
|   ATTRIBUTES            SKILLS                OTHER STATS                 |
|                                                                           |
|   Str: 50               Combat: 30            Health: 250                 |
|   Int: 20               Magic: 50             Spells Pts: 50              |
|   Wil: 50               Stealth: 30           Fatigue: 50                 |
|   Agi: 50               Soul: Lesser          Personality: 50             |
|   Spd: 26                                     Attack Damage: 10           |
|   End: 50                                     Color: Brown/Black          |
|   Luc: 50                                     Price: Stolen Only          |
|                                                                           |
<>=========================================================================<>
|This Weynon Priory Horse is owned by Martin.                               |
<>=========================================================================<>

During the quest "A Shadow Over Hackdirt", you will encounter Blossom, who
has a Paint Horse's coat, but a very unique set of stats.  After finishing
the quest, which you can start in Chorrol by talking to Dar-Ma, quick-
travel to Chorrol, and Blossom will appear in the stables.  She is still
illegal to ride, but her strange name and stats make her an interesting
horse.

<>================================BLOSSOM==================================<>
|                                                                           |
|   ATTRIBUTES            SKILLS                OTHER STATS                 |
|                                                                           |
|   Str: 50               Combat: 40            Health: 200                 |
|   Int: 20               Magic: 50             Spells Pts: 50              |
|   Wil: 50               Stealth: 30           Fatigue: 50                 |
|   Agi: 50               Soul: Lesser          Personality: 50             |
|   Spd: 26                                     Attack Damage: 10           |
|   End: 50                                     Color: Brown/White/Black    |
|   Luc: 50                                     Price: Stolen Only          |
|                                                                           |
<>=========================================================================<>
|You must have started "A Shadow Over Hackdirt" to encounter Blossom.       |
<>=========================================================================<>



<>--------------<>========================================<>---------------<>
|===============|          2.8: HORSE STATS TABLE          |================|
<>--------------<>========================================<>---------------<>

This table is a comparison of the stats of each horse, to help you
choose the best one for you.  Speed is a measure of how fast a horse can
travel, and it cannot be compared to the speed attribute of an NPC or of
a player.  Combat shows the overall skill in combat.  Magic shows a horses
ability to use magic and special abilities, although most horses have none.
Stealth is a representation of how stealthy and silently a horse moves.
Soul levels show what type of soul gem the soul of the horse would fill
if killed and soul trapped.  Health is a statistic that shows how long a
horse will take to die in combat.  Fatigue is a statistic that decreases
during movement; when it reaches zero, the horse becomes tired.  Damage
shows how much pain the horse can inflict onto an enemy.  Price shows
how much gold, if any, is needed to purchase the horse.

                           Legally Ownable Horses

              SPEED COMBAT MAGIC STEALTH SOUL HEALTH FATIGUE DAMAGE PRICE 
PAINT          23     40    50      30   Les.  300     50      10    500
BAY            26     30    50      30   Les.  250     50      10   1000
CHESTNUT       29     20    50      30   Les.  200     50      10   2500
WHITE          29     50    50      30   Les.  400     50      12   4000
BLACK          33     60    50      30   Les.  325     50      15   5000
UNICORN        29     70    50      70   Grt.  350     240     45     -
SHADOWMERE     33     50     0      50   Grt.  500     50      20     -
OLD NAG        23     40    50      30   Les.  250     50       5     -
JAUFFRE'S      23     40    50      30   Les.  200     50      10     -
MABOREL'S      23     40    50      30   Les.  300     50      10     -  


For more info on Paint Horses, see section 2.1. For Bay Horses, try section
2.2. Chestnut info is found in section 2.3, and White Horse info in
section 2.4.  For Black Horses, see section 2.5, and for unicorns, see 2.6.
For additional information regarding Shadowmere, check out sections 2.5 and
2.6.  Information on Old Nag can be found in sections 2.6 and 2.9. For
Jauffre's horse (Weynon Priory Horse), you can go to sections 2.3 and 2.6,
and for Maborel's horse (Prior Maborel's Paint Horse), sections 2.1 and
2.6.


                           Illegal-to-Ride Horses

              SPEED COMBAT MAGIC STEALTH SOUL HEALTH FATIGUE DAMAGE PRICE 
IMPERIAL LEG.  26     35     0      30   Les.  400     50      10     -
MARTIN'S       26     30    50      30   Les.  250     50      10     -
BLOSSOM        26     40    50      30   Les.  200     50      10     -

Information for any of these horses can be found in section 2.7.  "IMPERIAL
LEG." stands for Imperial Legion horse.  "MARTIN'S" is actually called
Weynon Priory Horse, but it is a different horse than the other Weynon Priory
Horse, which is illegal to ride and has different stats and coloration.



<>--------------<>========================================<>---------------<>
|===============|              2.9: HORSE ARMOR            |================|
<>--------------<>========================================<>---------------<>

Horse armor is a downloaded official plug-in from Bethesda Softworks
which allows you to armor your horse in your choice of elven or steel armor.
The plug-in costs about two dollars on Xbox 360 and PC, and is unavailable
on PS3.  You can download it "http://obliviondownloads.com/StoreCatalog_Produ
ctView.aspx?ProductId=2" for the PC.  Once it is downloaded, you can talk to
Snak Gra-Bura of the Chestnut Handy Stables near Imperial City.  She will
give you your first set of armor for free, and the rest cost 500 gold each.
If you don't have a horse, she will give you "Old Nag", her horse, in a
set of armor.  For most horses, armor will double their health, with a max
of 750 health, but remember, you can only armor a horse that you legally
own.  Here's a list of the benefits:

                          UNARMORED HEALTH   ARMORED HEALTH
          OLD NAG               N/A                250
          PAINT HORSE           300                600 
          BAY HORSE             250                500
          CHESTNUT HORSE        200                400
          WHITE HORSE           400                750
          BLACK HORSE           325                750
          SHADOWMERE*           500                750

*Putting armor on Shadowmere will cause her to not return to Fort Farragut
when lost, so use caution when armoring Shadowmere, as she may disappear
from the game.



<>--------------<>========================================<>---------------<>
|===============|                 3.0: FAQs                |================|
<>--------------<>========================================<>---------------<>

These are just some frequently asked questions and answers, so that
you don't have to go searching through this guide just to find that simple
little answer you need. ;)

Q: Can I armor my horse without the $2 plug-in?
A: No, although there may be unofficial plug-ins out there that do the same
   thing, and they could be cheaper, or even free.

Q: Can I engage in combat while on my horse?
A: Normally no, but again, there is an unofficial plug-in that allows horse
   combat.  However, if it screws up your game, it's unofficial, so don't
   come crying to Bethesda. (or me)

Q: I can't find my horse! Help!
A: There are a couple ways to find your horse.  First, quick travel to a
   town.  If it says that your horse is stabled outside, then your problem
   is solved, just go to the stables.  If you are looking for one of your
   past horses, look in the stables where you bought it; even though you
   have a new horse, you can still use your old one.  If these fail, then
   chances are, your horse is either dead, or somewhere far out in the
   wilderness.

Q: My horse is on the ground, shaking! What's going on?
A: I'm sorry to tell you this, but your horse is dead. Or almost dead,
   whatever you want ot call it.  Either way, it's unusable now, except
   that you can access it's inventory now.

Q: I was just riding a unicorn, but then when I got off, it attacked me!
   What's going on?
A: Chances are, you drew your weapon when you got off of the unicorn. Even
   if you don't attack anything, or even if you're defending the unicorn,
   you cannot draw your weapon.  He does care what you're doing with it,
   he just cares that you have it.

Q: When I approach some horses, there is a red horseshoe symbol, but it is
   a tan color with others.  What's the difference?
A: If the symbol is red, then the horse is illegal to ride, and you will
   be chased down by the law if you mount it.  If the symbol isn't red,
   then you can feel free to ride the horse; it's either your's, or its
   owner doesn't mind you riding it.

Q: Can horses swim?
A: Yes, but it is extremely slow, and if you're going underwater, you
   must be careful not to drown.

Q: My horse is whinnying while going downhill.  What's going on?
A: Your horse is falling and hurting itself, if you keep it up, your horse
   could die.  Always be careful riding downhill.

Q: Shadowmere is unconscious.  Will she ever die?
A: No, Shadowmere cannot die.

Q: If I stay on my horse while being attacked, who will get damaged, me or
   my horse?
A: The horse will always be damaged first, annoyingly enough.  Even if you
   get off of your horse, most attackers will go for the horse first, so
   come prepared with heal other spells and a decent weapon to make short
   work of anything that might want your horse for breakfast.


 
<>--------------<>========================================<>---------------<>
|===============|              3.1: CONCLUSION             |================|
<>--------------<>========================================<>---------------<>

Horses will always be an important part of Oblivion travel; they are
fast and powerful, some of them cannot die, and they are a symbol of power.
Knowing how to get a horse, and which horse is right for you are extremely
important, so if there are any flaws in this guide, don't hesitate to let
me know. (See section 3.2) Thanks for reading and considering the advice
that I have to offer, and I hope that you found my guide helpful and
worth your while.


<>--------------<>========================================<>---------------<>
|===============|             3.2: CONTACT INFO            |================|
<>--------------<>========================================<>---------------<>

If there is something that you would like to see in this guide, or
if you need to make a correction, just send me an email at
riseagainst2009@gmail.com.  You really don't need to look through the whole
guide just to make sure what you think the guide needs isn't already here.
I really don't mind. I just appreciate all of your support. Even if you
send something fifteen years after I wrote this guide, I'd still like to
hear from you, so thanks.  Just make sure you put "GameFAQs" or "Oblivion"
or "Horses" or something in the subject so I don't ignore it. ;) And really,
even if it's just a spelling mistake or something stupid like that, don't
hesistate to let me know.  There's a space waiting for you in the credits
section.  And speaking of the credits section...
 


<>--------------<>========================================<>---------------<>
|===============|                3.3: CREDITS              |================|
<>--------------<>========================================<>---------------<>

I'd just like to say thanks to everyone involved in the process of
making this guide, starting with Bethesda Softworks for making such a great
game.  Anyone who contributes or sends in a correction will be noted here.
Thanks again!

	    Writing/Editing - Nathan Spencer (_Rise_Against_)
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This guide and all of its contents are copyright Nathan Spencer, 2009.
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