Horses

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When venturing through the vast world of <Black Desert>, horses are the key to traveling. Their swiftness and stamina are specialized for traveling long distances, and the thrill of riding through the wind is addictive.

The ability to utilize the horse’s skills in various situations as well as Horseback Combat has made horses an integral part to a player’s adventure. Horses are a necessity for adventuring. Through this guide, we will look at how to tame horses as well as how to raise and breed them into magnificent steeds.

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Taming a Wild Horse

  • Materials: Capturing Rope, several Lump of Raw Sugar

You can acquire a horse by purchasing a horse emblem from the stable merchant. However, these are only Tier 1 horses, so they aren’t a good enough option for long term use(RIP Donkey). If you tame a wild horse that is roaming freely about, you can acquire a horse between Tier 1 to Tier 5, making it a much better choice than getting one from the stable merchant. You will be able to get a rough idea of the wild horse’s tier through its appearance.

The ones that are more extravagant and are more muscular are of a higher Tier than the plain looking horses. In order to tame a wild horse, you first need to prepare a Capturing Rope and some Lumps of Raw Sugar. The former can be purchased from the stable merchant NPC, while the latter needs to be made by processing and heating 10 Raw Sugars and 1 Mineral Water. All of these ingredients can be purchased from the cooking ingredient merchant, so get a few ready.

Horse Taming Mini-game

The mini-game will be started when you right-click the Capturing Rope inside your inventory.

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Aim at the horse and press <Space Bar>, then press <Space Bar> once again when the gauge is at its mark to start the test of strength. 
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Your character will move forward and wind up the rope. The actual test of strength will begin when the horse raises its
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In order to win the test of strength you must quickly press the <Space Bar> repeatedly so the red gauge is at least half full.
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 As you get closer to the horse while repeating the test of strength, the Interaction menu will become active. Don’t ride on the horse right away, select the Use Item menu and feed the Lump of Raw Sugar to the horse. Your success rate will be higher as you give more Lumps of Raw Sugar.

Tips on Winning the Horse Taming Mini-game

  1. Don’t throw the rope at a horse that is not on flat ground, There is a higher chance of failing to mount the horse.
  2. Sometimes the horse will raise its feet, even when you’ve come near it and the Interaction menu has become activated. In these cases, calmly continue to press the <Space Bar> and win the test of strength first.
  3. Although the success rate is increased by feeding more Lumps of Raw Sugar to the horse, there is a limit. Ideally, only a maximum of 4 ~ 5 should be fed.
  4. A wild horse that has been tamed must be registered at the Stable before it can be properly used. Make sure to check your slot availability at a nearby stable before you begin to tame a #horse. If you reconnect to the game before registering the horse, the horse will disappear.
  5. Traveling on the tamed horse is slow, so switch back to your normal horse to travel. The tamed horse will automatically follow you.

Locations of Wild Horses

Wild horses can be found in many locations throughout the world. Most of the wild horses are of the low 1 ~ 2 tier, but it’s a good way to acquire your first ‘personal horse’ and can even become the foundation to breeding higher tier horses if you dedicate your efforts to raise and breed these horses.

Of course, if you’re lucky enough, you may be able to get your hands on Tier 5 wild horse as mentioned above. So take these into consideration when you go out to try and tame a wild horse. The below pictures show some of the locations where wild horses can be found, and those introduced here have been selected based on those that are easy to find and their proximity to a town.

Marino Farm

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Serendia - Lynch Farm Ruins
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Calpheon Epheria Valley
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Calpheon - Karanda Ridge
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Calpheon - Oberen Farm
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Trent - Treant Forest
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Mediah - Tungrad Forest
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Serendia - Near Serendia Shrine
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Basic Stats

As you travel while riding your horse it will gain EXP based on the distance traveled. When the horse has gained a certain amount of EXP, it will level up and its inherent stats will be slightly increased. The stats for each type of horse have a specific range and the actual increase is determined randomly. This is why even the exact same horse can have different stats. The significance of each state is explained below.

Speed Determines how fast the horse will run. The horse will run faster with higher Speed.
Acceleration The horse will reach its maximum speed faster with higher Acceleration
Turn Affects how the horse turns while running. Higher Turn will reduce the turning radius of the horse.
Brake Affects how quickly the horse can stop. Higher Brake will allow the horse to stop faster.

You can anticipate the growth direction of the horse by looking at its stats even at Lv. 1. The classifications are as follows.

  • Agile Type: Horse with high Speed and Acceleration with a high growth rate of these stats
  • Control Type: Horse with high Turn and Brake with a high growth rate of these stats
  • Balance Type: Horse with an equal spread of all stats with all-around growth

The Agile type has fast movement speed and is adequate for traveling long distances, while the Control type is good for use in horseback combat due to its deft and spatial movements.

Mount Information

You can pull up your mount information by pressing the shortcut ‘P’. On this screen you will see all kind of information about your current mount.

Deaths Number of times this horse has died. Lower death count increases the chance to acquire a higher tier horse when breeding and combining horses.
Breeding Count Amount of times this horse can breed. The normal count is 2 for a male horse and 1 for a female horse. You can reset the breeding count once by using the Horse Breeding Reset item.
Time Remaining Event horses have a set period for the duration that they can be used.
Brand You can ‘Brand’ a horse by using the Mount Brand Spell Stone, and a horse that has been branded has a higher chance to learn a skill upon leveling up.

Skill

When a horse levels up, it has a chance to learn a skill. The skills available are different, depending on the tier and type of horse. You can check the available list of skills for a horse by first storing it in the stable, and then clicking on the horse and opening the skill window that appears at the top right hand of the screen. In order to learn the enhanced skills exclusive to Tier 8, the horse must have learned the original skill.

Skill Name Description
Front Leg Kick Press <F> for a front leg kick
Back Leg Kick Press <↓> + <F> for a back leg kick
Drift Press <←> or <→> + <↓> while running to rotate towards the desired direction
Sprint Press <↑> + <Shift> while running to sprint and run faster (requires saddle to be equipped)
Start Acceleration Raise the front legs by pressing <Space Bar>, and then press <↑> to burst forward
High Jump While running quickly, press <Space Bar> to jump over an obstacle
Emergency Stop Press <↓> while running. The horse will stop with minimal braking distance
Instant Acceleration Press <F> while running for the horse to suddenly accelerate and burst forward
Charge Press to suddenly charge forward and attack the enemy or enemy building ahead (requires champron to be equipped)
Sideways Movement Press <←> or <→>. Move sideways without the horse changing direction
Quick Backward Step Press <↓> to quickly move backwards
Continuous Jump Can jump again after landing from the previous jump.
The Roar of the Horse Press <Space Bar> while standing still to make your horse neigh and give a buff to players that recover HP and MP (requires stirrups to be equipped)
Caution Automatically walk backward from a place you could fall off
Quick Ride Able to mount the horse much quicker
S: Front Leg Kick <F>. Perform a more powerful front leg kick. Exclusive skill for Tier 8
S: Back Leg Kick <↓> + <F>. Perform a more powerful back leg kick. Exclusive skill for Tier 8
S: Instant Acceleration Press <F> during Instant Acceleration, to use Instant Acceleration again consecutively. Exclusive skill for Tier 8
S: Sideways Movement Perform Sideways Movement more quickly. Exclusive skill for Tier 8
Two-Person Mount Can let a guild or party member ride behind you. Exclusive skill for Tier 6 ~ 8 (limited)

Skill Proficiency Mini-game

When you use the horse’s skill after learning it, there is a chance for a mini-game to be started. Completing the mini-game will increase the proficiency of the skill. You will be thrust off your horse if you fail the mini-game, but earn comparatively more proficiency to successfully completing the mini-game. When you have acquired 100% proficiency in the skill, the mini-games will no longer appear.

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Training Horses

Training Level Effect

At a higher training level, your horse will gain more EXP and your chance to tame a wild horse will be increased. Don’t worry about it too much as your training level will naturally increase as you train your horses.

Leveling a Horse

The quickest way to raising your horse is to travel around using manual control, but it is also recommended that you set auto-move during periods when you’re not playing the game. You can also set a loop that will allow you to move continually in either a circle or back and forth. Once this is complete the path will show in green.

Next, hit <T> to begin the path. This is same way the auto pathing works only this time you’ll keep going.

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You can either garden, or purchase feed such as carrots that will replenish stamina for your horse. 

Items for Training Horses

Trainer’s Clothes Horse EXP Gain +10% (Cannot be enhanced)
Silver Embroidered Trainer’s Clothes Movement Speed Level +1, Horse EXP Gain +5%. Enhancement increases the EXP gain.
Horse Trainer’s Clothes Movement Speed Level +1, Horse EXP Gain +7%. Item can be exchanged with ‘Shiny Golden Seal - [Imperial Cuisine]’. Enhancement increases the EXP gain.
Venia Riding Attire Horse EXP Gain +20%. Pearl clothes with the advantage of being able be worn together with the above Trainer’s Clothes.
Value Pack Pearl item that increases horse EXP gain by +30%

You can also increase the EXP gain by using elixirs such as the Elixir of Training, but these have a short duration and the EXP gain is not too great, so only use it when necessary.

Horse Gear

Horse Gear is composed of five parts, and each part increases various stats of your horse. Sometime these items are required for a skill. Just like normal equipment, the Horse Gear can also be enhanced, but only up to +10 enhancement. Of all the Horse Gear, the horseshoe has a direct effect on the speed of the horse, so it is best to enhance this part first.

Horse Gear can be purchased from the stable NPC, but it is better to craft it yourself or purchase it from the Marketplace, considering the difference in stats between the two. The Storm and Fighting Spirit set of horse gear, which is among the best horse gear, can be obtained by exchanging <Shiny Golden Seals>. The currently available horse gear is as follows.

Light Horse Gear Set: Crafted from the Horse Gear Workshop

Part Name Stats +10 Stats
Shabby Leather Barding All DP +10 Example
Shabby Leather Saddle Max HP +75, Max Stamina +1000, Turn +1% Example
Shabby Hide Stirrups All Evasion +5, Brake +1% All Evasion +15, Brake +3%

Battle Horse Gear Set: Crafted from the Horse Gear Workshop

Part Name Stats +10 Stats
Combat Steel Champron Movement Speed -1%, Max HP +143, Acceleration +1.5% Movement Speed -1%, Max HP +228, Acceleration +3.5%
Combat Steel Barding Movement Speed -2% All DP +20 Movement Speed -2% All DP +60
Combat Hide Saddle Max HP +143, Max Stamina +1400, All DP +5, Turn +1.5% Max HP +228, Max Stamina +4200, All DP +15, Turn +3.5%
Combat Hide Saddle All Evasion +5, All DP +5, Brake +1.5% All Evasion +15, All DP +15, Brake +3.5%
Steel Battle Horseshoe Movement Speed +1.5%, All DP +5 Movement Speed +5%, All DP +15

Storm Horse Gear Set: Exchange with Shiny Golden Seal

Part Name Stats +10 Stats
Feathered Storm Champron Max HP +150, Acceleration +2% Max HP +240, Acceleration +5%
Light Leather Storm Barding All DP +18 All DP +54
Light Leather Storm Saddle Max HP +150, Max Stamina +2400, Turn +2% Max HP +240, Max Stamina +7200, Turn +5%
Light Storm Hide Stirrups All Evasion +20, Brake +2% All Evasion +40, Brake +5%
Light Storm Hide Stirrups Movement Speed +2.5%, Turn +2% Movement Speed +6.5%, Turn +2%

Fighting Spirit Gear Set: Exchange with Shiny Golden Seal

Part Name Stats +10 Stats
Steel Fighting Spirit Champron Movement Speed -1%, Max HP +180, Acceleration +1.5% Movement Speed -1%, Max HP +288, Acceleration +4.5%
Steel Fighting Spirit Barding Movement Speed -2%, All DP +24 Movement Speed -2%, All DP +72
Hide Fighting Spirit Saddle Max HP +180, Max Stamina +1800, All DP +5, Turn +1.5% Max HP +288, Max Stamina +5400, All DP +15, Turn +4.5%
Fighting Spirit Hide Stirrups All Evasion +10, All DP +10, Brake +1.5% All Evasion +20, All DP +20, Brake +4.5%
Steel Fighting Spirit Horseshoe Movement Speed +2%, Turn +2%, All DP +5 Movement Speed +5.5%, Turn +2%, All DP +15

Granverre Crafted from the Horse Gear Workshop (Stonetail Horse Ranch)

Part Name Basic +10 Enhancement
Granverre Feather Champron Max HP +200, Acceleration +3% Max HP +500, Acceleration +8%
Granverre Leather Barding All DP +40, Max HP +100 All DP +105, Max HP +400
Granverre Leather Saddle Max HP +200, Max Stamina +2500, Brake +3% Max HP +500, Max Stamina +1800, Turn +8%
Granverre Leather Stirrups All Evasion +20, All DP +10, Brake +3% All Evasion +45, All DP +35, Brake +8%
Granverre Metal Horseshoe Movement Speed +3%, Turn +2%, All DP +5 Movement Speed +8%, Turn +3%, All DP +20

Horse Market

You can tame a wild horse and nurture it, but the quickest way to acquire a great horse is to use the Horse Market. You can access the Horse Market through the stable NPC in each of the major cities.

Unlike the Marketplace, the horses sold on the Horse Market have a fixed price that is automatically calculated based on tier, level, and acquired skills.

When purchasing a horse, it is important to make wise decisions based on your purpose. If you want to raise a horse for breeding purposes, then you must check the remaining breeding count and get an Lv. 1 horse of a reasonable tier. If raising a horse yourself sounds too scary, then it is essential to check the stats and skills of the horse.

This is also the same when you want to sell your horse. You will be able to receive more money for selling a higher-level horse, but there is the risk of it not being sold if the horse doesn’t have a good selection of skills. So it’s better to first think about who your sales target is before you register the horse, or try and supply the horse to the Imperial Horse Delivery NPC.

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You can access the Horse Market by talking to the Stable NPC in the major cities.

Breeding

Note: While Tier 9/Awakened/Dream horses are in Black Desert Online, a player cannot breed a Tier 9 horse. For the purposes of this section we will focus on Tier 8 horses

Breeding can only be carried out through the Breeding Market, and players can only register a male horse that has at least one breeding count remaining. In order to breed your horse, first select the female horse you want to breed, and then choose a registered male horse you want it to breed with.

The owner of the female horse will have to pay a breeding cost to the owner of the male horse. You can also choose to breed two of your own horses by checking the ‘Personal Use Only’ option when you register the male horse on the Breeding Market. This way, the male horse will only be visible to you in the My Registration List, and you can carry out breeding as normal using this list. This method is often used as it is very cheap and cannot be disrupted by other players.

When a set amount of time has passed after breeding, you will be able to obtain a foal. However, note that you need to have a space available in the stable in order to receive the foal. The stats of the foal are affected by the tier and level of the parents, so it is best to use high-level horses for breeding purposes.

The breeding system is one of the greatest aspects of raising a horse. Currently the Tier 8 horses are the best in game(obtainable through breeding), and many players spend a lot of effort in raising and breeding horses to acquire a Tier 8 Horse

In terms of tips for breeding, there is nothing to say except ‘full-hearted devotion’. If you raise each horse with love and affection and continue to breed them, then someone who had started with Tier 1 ~ 3 horses will find themselves as the proud owner of a Tier 8 horse.

However, there is definitely no need to be too obsessed with trying to acquire a Tier 8 horse. Even a Tier 6 horse is perfectly fine, as long as they have the “skills which are Sprint, Instant Acceleration, and Drift. So don’t get overly impatient, and just take your time when raising and breeding horses.

Through these processes, you will finally be able to get the so-called ‘Dream Horse”. The fruits of one’s labor are always ever so sweet.

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Only male horses can be registered onto the Breeding Market, while only female horses can use it.
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When the breeding process is finished, the female horse will give birth to a foal.
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When you collect the breeding reward (foal), it will automatically be sent to your stable.

Horse Exchange

The exchange is somewhat similar to breeding, but it can only be done at your stable, and the horses used for exchange will disappear.

Like the foal acquired through breeding, the horse that results from the exchange will also be affected by both the parent horses. As there is a breeding count limit for the horses, those that have used up all their available breeding count are usually used for exchanging for a new horse.

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Remember that the two horses used for Exchange Horse will disappear.

Imperial Horse Delivery

When you’re above Lv. 26, you can supply a horse to the Imperial Horse Delivery at your stable. Although you receive less money compared to selling it through the Marketplace, there is the benefit of receiving the money instantly and being able to acquire the <Shiny Golden Seal - Imperial Training>, depending on the tier of the horses that are supplied. These seals can be used to exchange for various items.

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Supplying the horse to the Imperial Horse Delivery is your choice and you will be able to acquire the <Shiny Golden Seal - Imperial Training> if you choose to do so.

Courser System

When horses acquired certain skills such as charge and drift in accordance with their tier, they are labeled as ‘Courser’. When they become a courser, the price compared to normal horse increase by 20% at the breeding market, horse market, imperial horse delivery.

In addition, the foal will be produced with two birth skills when two coursers are bred. When courser and normal horse are bred, the produced foal could acquire up to two birth skills.

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When horses acquire certain skills in accordance with tier and become a courser, the horse icon is shown as gold. 

There is a huge benefit to having such a high leveled horse as they are faster, smarter, have more skills and once you have a tier 8 courser you can begin training for a dream horse through awakening.

Tier Skills (Qualified as a Courser when the horse has all skills listed)
1~2 Charge
3~4 Charge, Drift
5~6 Charge, Drift, Sprint
7 Charge, Drift, Sprint, Instant Accel, Side Step
8 Charge, Drift, Sprint, Instant Accel, Side Step, S: Instant Accel, S: Side Step

Courser, Become a Dream Horse through Awakening!

It is safe to say tier 8 courser is just the beginning stage to become a dream horse.

The horse, Arduanatt, has higher stats in speed, acceleration, turn, and brake compared to regular tier 8 horse. Also, Arduanatt has a special ability to glide through the air using large wings.

Even if you spent a considerable amount of effort to breed your horses to reach a level 8 courser, there is a lot of work ahead if you wish to awaken a dream horse.

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Tier 8 coursers can go through ‘Courser Training’ from a stable.

Courser training requires special materials. Pure forest breath, rainbow gem fruit, breezy conch seaweed, and deep blue hoof root are the special materials that can be obtained through gathering, fishing, or grinding.

It is possible to increase the courser skill, elegance, and strength level by using these materials. When the training stats from each category add up to 200% in total, the courser is ready to try awakening into a dream horse.

At least two types of special materials are required to reach 200% in total stats.

Item Name How to Obtain Usage Effects
Pure Forest Breath Obtained at a Constant Rate through Grinding Courser Stamina Training +1%
Rainbow Gem Fruit Exchange for Shiny Golden Seals - [Imperial Delivery] x 10 Courser Skill Training +1%
Breezy Conch Seaweed Obtained at a Constant Rate upon Fishing Courser Elegance Training +1%
Deep Blue Hoof Root Obtained at a Constant Rate through Gathering Courser Stamina Training +1%
Stonetail Fodder Processing of By-Products created through simple alchemy Course Skill Training +1%
Spirit Pouch of Ferocious Beast Hunt Blue Whale Courser Elegance Training +1%
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The training stats of the Courser’s Skill, Elegance, and Stamina need to add up to at least 200%. 

Note that the probability to obtain a different type of dream horse will change depending on which skills you decide to level up. If the courser training ‘Skill’ is high, the probability will be increased to obtain Arduanatt.

If the courser training ‘Elegance’ is high you have an increased chance to awaken Dine. (Strength training is distributed and applied to the skill and elegance training.)

Training categories can be raised up to a maximum of 180% and total training to 200%. Once a particular category of training reaches 100% each increase of that training will go from 1% to .05%.

Once you reach 200% total training and when you have a ‘Krogalo’s Origin Stone’ you can begin awakening. Krogalo’s Origin Stone will be consumed whether you succeed or fail the attempt the stone will be consumed. You can aquire ‘Krogalo’s Origin stone through alchemy by combining x25 Swaying Wind Shards and x25 Rumbling Earth Shards. Needless to say, these items will not be simple to come by.

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Let’s combine 25 of swaying wind shard and 25 of rumbling earth shard through alchemy.

If you fail to awaken the courser, all of your training for Skill, Elegance, and Strength will be consumed unless they are protected by Cron Stones. In addition you also receive a failstack.

Tier 8 course will be reborn as Lv. 1 dream horse Arduanatt or Dine when you succeed in awakening. Dream horses have special skills that are unique to each dream horse. These will be learned randomly as with a regular horse.

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Dream horse, Arduanatt has a feature that it can glide in the air with large wings.

Horse Encyclopedia

Now let’s take a look at the details of all the horses currently available in Black Desert (as of June 2018). The images below show the list of skills horses can learn. There are common skills available per tier (i.e. skills any horse of the respective Tier can learn) as well as unique skills for each horse. Consider this as you set out to raise and breed the horse of your dreams.

The name beside the horse Tier number are ‘nicknames’ of the horses used by the players.


HorseSkill026.png Front Leg Kick HorseSkill028.png Back Leg Kick HorseSkill030.png Emergency Stop HorseSkill032.png High Jump
HorseSkill034.png Charge HorseSkill036.png Drift HorseSkill038.png Instant Acceleration HorseSkill040.png Sprint
HorseSkill042.png Roar of the Horse HorseSkill044.png Quick Backward Step HorseSkill046.png Quick Ride HorseSkill048.png Start Acceleration
HorseSkill050.png Continuous Jump HorseSkill052.png Caution HorseSkill054.png Sideways Movement HorseSkill056.png S:Front Leg Kick
HorseSkill058.png S:Back Leg Kick HorseSkill060.png S:Instant Acceleration HorseSkill062.png S:Sideways Movement HorseSkill064.png 2 Person Mount


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Of the currently available (non-awakened) horses, the Tier 8 horses are undoubtedly the best. Of these Tier 8 horses, 8-2 is extremely popular for its appearance and speed, as well as 8-1 for its exceptional turn and brake. Add to that the skills that allow quick movement such as Sprint-Instant Acceleration-Drift-S: Instant Acceleration, and it will be difficult to find a horse that is better.

For these reasons, the players of <Black Desert> currently consider the Tier 8 horses with movement related skills as the top pick and do everything they can do get their hands on them. The high demand is one reason why it’s so enjoyable to raise and breed horses.

However, you might wear yourself out if you get too obsessed with it. Horses take a fair amount of time to reach Lv. 30, and if you’ve only just begun raising and breeding horses, there is a long road ahead of you until you reach Tier 8. So if you’re just starting off, try and put aside your lofty ambitions and take it step by step. As mentioned before, even a Tier 6 horse with movement related skills is enough for traveling long distances.

Training horses is a ‘game of patience’. If you take it one step at a time until you finally obtain a Tier 8 horse, that achievement could mark one of the happiest days of your Black Desert life. So whatever the tier the horse may be, nurture it with love and affection. They will definitely pay you back for it.