I'm sure everyone who start's to play Ultima Online has seen plenty of guys ride by, decked out in full plate, and have said, "Man, I want a horse". I always have a horse for sale. And I'm always getting pestered by people saying, "How did you get a horse? Where can I buy one? What are the commands? What do I feed it? Can I lose it? Can I buy it from you for 50 gold?". There is plenty of information to know about horses. Luckily you came to the right place.
Horses cost around 800 gold from a stable if you you can buy one. Everyone wants a horse and their often out of them. The prices depend on availability.
You can buy horses from players as well. It's tricky, and you should trust the person you buy from, but it can be done. I've sold horses from 250 to 350 gold. The problem with buying/selling horses is that you CAN'T put the "horse" in the secure trading window. So you have to have someone give the gold, then someone transfer the horse a separate acts. Anyone who has played Ultima Online can attest that the ratio of decent people to unscrupulous ass-holes is way out of whack. When I started playing I had a few horses stolen from me. Often I suggest you go to a public place you hang out. For me the armory in Trinsic works. There is usually someone around that knows my character and is willing to vouch for my trustworthiness.
Feeding Your Pet
You wonder why the heck there's an Animal Lore skill. Let me tell you. With that skill you are able to tell your pets happiness. Happiness is a direct reflection of your pets loyalty and hunger. If your horse is well feed it will be "wonderfully happy", from there it could be "extremely happy", "very happy", "happy", "content", "somewhat unhappy", "rather unhappy", "extremely unhappy" or "confused". If your pet is "confused" it will soon go wild. If it goes wild it "thinks it would be better off without a master", and your without a horse. For a Animal Trainer this is good news. The horse is now up for grabs. Animal Tamers with a skill of 30 or better will be able to tame a wild horse.
To keep your pet happy, feed her often. Once every hour real time should be good. I still don't have exact numbers on this. I have a good Animal Lore skill level, so I just check them often. If you don't have this skill, just feed them every hour with a few pieces of fruit or hay. You should be ok. You can buy fruit from an Inn or the Provisioner. Most fruit costs around 2 gold a piece, while apples cost around 3 gold. I like apples because they stack. Pears just litter your backpack. You can also buy hay. Hay is very cheap, 1 gold piece per bail, but it's very heavy. 10 stones. To feed the horse, get off her then drag the food onto the horse.
Commanding Your Horse
Your horse may obey the following commands. I say "may" because the horses reaction depends on it's loyalty. Remember loyalty is also reflected by how hungry your horse is.
The commands are: "horse
follow", "horse stay", "horse come", "horse get (fetch)",
"horse drop" and "horse guard". Where horse
is the name of your horse.
Mining With A Horse
Often I go mining with a horse. What I do is mine for ore, putting only large ore into a back pack. I keep mining until I have 15 large ore in a back pack. I then tell the horse to "get". The cross hair hand then comes up and allows me to click on the object I want the horse to get. Once you get the horse to grab the backpack, RUN AWAY FROM THE HORSE! Yes, run away. Well, in the direction you want to head towards, probably towards town. The problem is, if the horse catches you she'll return the item you asked her to fetch into your main backpack. You'll then be overweight, and stop dead in your tracks. If successful in this tactic the horse will eventually give up on trying to give your pack back and will stop. You can then ride the horse back to town to smelt your ore. The best part is you don't notice the weight!
You can keep extra horses
by stabling. If you just have one horse, and you want to log out, make sure you're on the horse before you log out or you'll lose it. To stable an extra horse go to the stables in the town your in. Go into the stable and get off your horse. Then say, "stable". The hand cross hairs will come up and will ask you what pet to stable. click on your horse. As a side note, you can stable any type of pet. Stabling costs 30 gold per stabling. So don't yank your horse in and out of the stables. If you have more than one horse it is better to keep them at different stables. Stabling doesn't seem to work properly. Or at least, it doesn't work right in my opinion. To get your horse out of the stable just say, "claim". If you have stabled more than one pet at a particular stable, it may return them all at one time or all at once or somewhere in between. For this reason I suggest you keep multiple animals at different stables. This way, if you only want to ride one you don't have to turn around and check the other one back in.
People can steal your horse. Say you have neglected your horse and it will go wild soon. Either it shows up using Animal Lore as "rather unhappy", "extremely unhappy", or "confused". Your horse will soon go wild, and is fair game for any animal lover. You're out of a horse, but you really weren't kind to it anyhow.
Remember this. Either log out while on your horse, or stable it before logging out. If you leave your horse standing in the world it will eventually go wild and you'll lose it. Even if you have logged out in an Inn before, and have logged back in and found your horse waiting, this is NOT a good idea.
- Horses cost around 800 at the stables, depending on availability.
- Horses eat fruit, some vegetables, or hay. You can buy fruit from the Inn Keeper or the Provisioner. Drag food onto the horse to feed.
- Make sure you're on your horse when you log out.
- Stable extra horses before you log out. Costs 30 gold per stabling.
- The commands are: "horse follow", "horse stay", "horse come", "horse get (fetch)", "horse drop" and "horse guard". Where horse is the name of your horse.