|“||It was your strength that drove it to keep advancing when on the verge of death. To summon a final burst of strength for the sake of its rider, that is what makes a good War Horse. If you were to ever become the master of such a horse...Then you should send it off not with sadness, but with pride.||”|
Introduction[edit | edit source]
War horses are horses bred and trained to be used by Cavalry in warfare. In many cases, they are mostly immune to shock, fear, and violence and are able to lash out at enemy humans and fellow horses alike. It is also said that Zhao has the fastest and finest horses in all of China, stemming from their constant encounters with the Xiongnu in Gan Mon and their history as the first state to use cavalry. They are also usually trained to be attuned to their masters' actions and can be protected with armor; often for the head and neck to protect against blows while full body armor has been observed with the cost being reduced speed. Standard gear will usually include a saddle for the horseman to ride on, and a bridle and stirrups to guide the horse as one wishes. Other uses include being used to pull War Chariots with two per chariot.
One notable example of a war horse is Ou (Japanese), Huang (Chinese) who belonged to General Ou Ki. It is not just a typical war horse used by common cavalry as it is his personal steed. When Shin mounted Ouki's horse in order to escape from the Zhao army, Ou Ki told Shin that apart from himself he had never seen anyone directing Ou and was quite surprised. Shin's would later own a war horse of his own named Shun during the Battle of Sai.
Named War Horses[edit | edit source]
There are only three horses that have been named in the series.
- Ou, Ou Ki's steed
- Gaku Han, Mou Bu's steed, deceased
- Shun, Ri Shin's temporary horse
Notable War Horses[edit | edit source]