This started as a post in the “add realism” thread. But I thought it deserved a post of it’s own.
Horses are so critical to medieval life. Having more realistic horses would add hugely to this game. And would also be unique in video games.
I’d be more than happy to pay for such big feature changes in future DLCs.
A trained war-horse charging into battle should be brutally effective.. I’ll just leave one of the most bad-ass horse charge scenes in cinema to make this point for me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tgi-j56ueU So damn cool. I never get tired of watching that scene.
Build a relationship with your horse. You can’t just jump on and off random horses and have them all act the same. The longer you have stuck with one horse, the more co-operative it becomes and the more it responds to your commands. A trusted companion dying or being stolen or whatver should be a really big deal in the game. A good horse should be invaluable (and worth a lot $$$).
Horses are very nervous animals. They should be freaking out (tossing you off their back and bolting) if they are attacked, or something “scary” happens. Especially untrained horses.
Horses can be trained and progress in skills and perks like the player character. At the start of the game a simple farm-horse can act as a pack-animal, and speed your travel from A-to-B, but would be a liability in battle (because it would freak out and toss you off), but useful for running away. Conversely, owning a well-trained war-horse capable of charging into battle should be a late-game, huge-perk and hugely increase your character’s status and conspicuousness.
Horses need care. Food, water, shoes, and basic washing (like you do). Leaving them on a long lead to eat grass and drink next to a river should suffice. Paying a stables in a city to take care of your horse for periods of time (hours to weeks) is also an option.
I’m not asking for a horse-simulator here, just a nod that they are actually alive and have a mind of their own. Horses are not cars.