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Horse Templates

Sometimes a DM or the players may wish to include some variety in the kinds and types of equines that inhabit your game world. Listed below are examples of how you can add Breed Templates onto existing horses to allow for greater variety. Note: it has been assumed that the horses in the Monster Manual are the low end average of equines. All the templates below are somewhat better than the average horse and the DM should feel free to include "lesser" varieties into his or her campaign. Of course the "better" horses reflect their breeding through their prices. At the very end of this document is an example of "renaming" the various breeds for use in the Forgotten Realms. Please note that there has been no official source from which this information has been drawn and those familiar with the Forgotten Realms novels, especially those dealing with the Tuigan Horde, might find better fits for the breeds and the listed regions below.

Standard Heavy & Light Horses
Heavy HorseLight Horse
Hit Dice3d8+63d8+6
Initiative+1 (Dex)+1 (Dex)
Speed50 ft.60 ft.
AC13 (-1 size, +1 Dex, +3 nat.), touch 10, flat-footed 1213 (-1 size, +1 Dex, +3 nat.), touch 10, flat-footed 12
Base Attack/Grapple+2/+9+2/+8
AttackHoof -1 melee (1d6+1)Hoof -2 melee (1d4+1)
Full Attack2 Hooves -1 melee (1d6+1)2 Hooves -2 melee (1d4+1)
Special QualitiesLow-light vision, ScentLow-light vision, Scent
SavesFort +5, Ref +4, Will +2Fort +5, Ref +4, Will +2
AttributesStr 15, Dex 13, Con 15, Int 2, Wil 12, Cha 6Str 13, Dex 13, Con 15, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 6
SkillsListen +4, Spot +4Listen +4, Spot +4
Light Load0-200 lb.0-150 lb.
Medium Load201-400 lb.151-300 lb.
Heavy Load401-600 lb.301-450 lb.
Drag3,000 lb.2,250 lb.
Cost200 gp75 gp

Heavy Horses Templates
BelgianClydesdalePercheronShire (Standard Hvy Horse)
Attributes+2 Str+2 Dex+2 ConStandard
ColorationSorrel or ChestnutRich Browns or Bays w/ white on face and legsUsually Black or GrayMuch like a Clydesdale
Speed45 ft.50 ft.50 ft.50 ft.
Skill ChecksNoneNoneNoneNone
Height68 in.64 in.64 in.68 in.
Weight2,000 lb.1,800 lb.2,000 lb.2,000 lb.
Light Load0-260 lb.0-200 lb.0-200 lb.0-200 lb.
Medium Load261-520 lb.201-400 lb.201-400 lb.201-400 lb.
Heavy Load521-780 lb.401-600 lb.401-600 lb.401-600 lb.
Drag3,900 lb.3,000 lb.3,000 lb.3,000 lb.
Cost220 gp250 gp225 gp200 gp

Light Horses Templates
Amer. Saddle H. (Standard Lt. Horse)AppaloosaArabianMorganQuarter HorseStandardbredThoroughbred
AttributesStandard+2 Str, +2 Con, +2 Wis+2 Dex, +2 Con, +2 WisStandard+2 Dex+2 Con+2 Dex, +2 Con
ColorationSatin coat of Brown, Black or Chestnut w/ facial and leg markingsSpotted hind quartersOften Bay with white markingsBay, Chestnut, and Black are commonSolid Coloration with thick necksAny colorationAny color usually with white markings
Speed60 ft.60 ft.60 ft.60 ft.65 ft.60 ft.70 ft.
Skill ChecksNone+2 to Ride checksNone+2 to Ride checks+2 to Ride checksNone-2 to Ride checks
Height62 in.56 in.58 in.60 in.62 in.60 in.64 in.
Weight1,000 lb.1,100 lb.1,000 lb.1,000 lb.1,000 lb.1,000 lb.1,100 lb.
Light Load0-150 lb.0-200 lb.0-150 lb.0-150 lb.0-150 lb.0-150 lb.0-150 lb.
Medium Load151-300 lb.201-400 lb.151-300 lb.151-300 lb.151-300 lb.151-300 lb.151-300 lb.
Heavy Load301-450 lb.401-600 lb.301-450 lb.301-450 lb.301-450 lb.301-450 lb.301-450 lb.
Drag2,250 lb.3,000 lb.2,250 lb.2,250 lb.2,250 lb.2,250 lb.2,250 lb.
Cost75 gp160 gp140 gp100 gp170 gp95 gp170 gp

Warhorses Horses Template
Heavy WarhorseLight Warhorse
Hit Dice+1d8 + New ConStandard + New Con
AC+1 nat.+1 nat.
Attacks+3 melee (including this Str bonus). Bite +1 melee+2 melee (including this Str bonus). Bite -1 melee
DamageHoof 1d6 + str, Bite 1d4 + 1/2 strHoof 1d4 + str, Bite 1d3 + 1/2 str
SavesBonuses from increased AttributesBonuses from increased Attributes
Attributes+3 Str, +2 Con+3 Str, +2 Con
Skills+1 to Listen & Spot+1 to Listen & Spot
Standard Light Load10-300 lb.0-230 lb.
Standard Medium Load1301-600 lb.231-460 lb.
Standard Heavy Load1601-900 lb.461-690 lb.
Standard Drag14,500 lb.3,450 lb.
Cost Multiplierx 2x 2

1: Loads based off of the templates applied to standard light and heavy horses from Monster Manual.

Forgotten Realms Equivalent Horses
Earthly NameFaerunian NameCommon Locations
BelgianCormyrian Workhorse, WheathorseAglarond, Chessenta, Cormyr, Dalelands, Moonsea, Mulhorand, Sembia, Thay, Western Heartlands, Vast
ClydesdaleAmnian Fieldhorse, Goldenhorse (from the Golden Fields)Amn, Calimshain, Dragon Coast, Shining Planes, Sword Coast, Tethyr, Western Heartlands, Waterdeep
PercheronFrostmain, SilvertailDamara, The Great Dale, The Hordelands (northern), Moonsea, Narfell, Rashemen, The Ride, Savage Frontier, Silver Marches, Sword Coast North, Vaasa, Vast, Waterdeep
ShireDaleland's ChargerCormyr, Dalelands, Moonsea, Western Heartlands, Very common throughout Faerun
Amer. Saddle H.Riding Horse, Known by various names depending upon the locationFound throughout Faerun
AppaloosaFeyhorse, WilderhorseAmn, Dragon Coast, Savage Frontier, Shining Planes, Sword Coast, Sword Coast North, Waterdeep, Western Heartlands
ArabianSpirit of the Shaar, Pharaoh's SteedAglarond, Chessenta, Chondath, Dambrath, Halruaa, Mulhorand, Thay, Shaar
MorganSmoothbreed, Cormyrian RiderAmn, Cormyr, Dalelands, Moonsea, Sembia, Western Heartlands
Quarter HorseNorthbreed, Snowswift HorseSavage Frontier, Silver Marches, Sword Coast North, Waterdeep
StandardbredChessenbreed, Pirate's RideFound in all countries around the Sea of Fallen Stars, especially in Chessenta
ThoroughbredTungian, RaiderhorseThe Hordelands