This might be my last post. The original picture of me holding the sign, the one that started this roller coaster, is only at 10% of what I was praying for. It may be time I give up this wild horse chase.
This is Apollo. He is an angel on 4 legs. Extremely graceful and nimble and loves playing with all kinds of creatures and chasing the horses and chickens around. He’s very athletic and strong but is so polite you don’t often notice. He also has double dew claws and molts twice a year. He’s 32 inches tall, 110 lbs, and 3 years old.
and i thought i’d write out everything ive learnt since i started wrt horses??
catching a horse
catching horses is very simple, either drop down on it from above or sneak up on it. dont stand directly behind it incase it kicks.
you can run at a group of horse to split them up so its easier to sneak up on the individual horse when its calmed down, as when theyre in a group if one horse spots you they will all run away.
finding a good horse
there’s like lots of theories about horse colour and relation to stats but personally i dont find that a very practical way of identifying if a horse is good or not.
heres my advice:
- my general experience has been that solid coloured horses have wild personalities and the ones with the patchy butts are mild
- the harder it is to break the horse (soothe it into letting you ride) the higher its level. if you don’t have much stamina, cook up some stamina restoration/boosts
- generally, the higher level the area, the higher level the horse.
That is to say, if the surrounding monsters are Extremely Dangerous, the horse will probably have more stars. I found Franziska beyond two lynels.
- If you want to find a fast horse, get on the nearest horse and chase some of the others around for a bit (dont boost!).
Wild horses wont gallop at full speed so if you have to hammer A to keep up, dismount and sneak up on it cause that horse is much faster than yours! Otherwise, you’ve found the fastest horse already.
increasing your bond
there are a few specific moments where you can soothe your horse to raise its bond. you’ll need to get the timing right, but these are the triggers:
- when you get on your horse and tell it to move, you can soothe it.
- when your horse slows down and regains a spur, you can soothe it.
- new horses will sometimes toss their heads, you can soothe them then
- additionally a new horse will occasionally veer in a different direction. Redirect it back to the path, and you can soothe it
- as well as this, if you tell your horse to leave the path (turning sharply after leaving it on autopilot) you can soothe it
- if your horse doesn’t move at the speed you tell it to, you can soothe it and then boost
- if your horse rears back, you can soothe it
- if your horse jumps over something, you can soothe it
- if your horse gets hit, you can soothe it providing you’re still on it.
your horse will misbehave occasionally until you register it even if you max its bond
riding your horse
so in games like ocarina of time and twilight princess, the most efficient way to ride epona is to use between 1-4 boosts and leave the last boost so she doesnt get tired and recovers the boosts faster
not so in breath of the wild. there’s no slowdown penalty for using up all your spurs, it’s more efficient to use all the spurs and then soothe your horse when they slow down, and repeat.
trust your horse to know the best path, and only direct it when the path forks. if you’re riding a wild horse be alert for your horse running into walls, but otherwise let your horse pick the path.
you can climb most hills on your horse, but stick to cantering & non-boosted gallops, or you’ll not be able to direct your horse.
bonus: catching deer
to catch a deer easily, consume something that gives you speed up, or drop onto it from above.
If you want to sneak up on it like a horse, you’ll want level 3 stealth, their hearing is very sensitive.
I find it’s easier to just chase them, they’re not too difficult to catch with a bit of practice as theyre not as fast as horses.
One very important thing that I think about often is the bit in the First Branch of the Mabinogion when Pwyll, the cool prince who has two Welsh vowels in his name, thank you very much, sees this fantastically beautiful woman on a really cool horse, and he says to himself “well, I guess the only logical thing to do would be to get on my own dang horse and chase her,” and he gets some of his buddies together (but just the ones in Pony Club, because the horses are important) and he says to them “right, we’re just going to chase this woman for a bit, is that OK?” and his pals are like “I mean, can you quantify ‘a bit’?” and Pwyll just shrugs and says “until I catch her, I guess,” and then his friends all look at each other and say “yep, that seems like a solid plan, count us in,” and they all get on their horses and they start to chase her and
they keep chasing her without a break
for three days
and every time it looks like they’re catching up with her, time does this weird skippy thing like when you play a bad CD (a scratched CD, I mean, not just Kelly Rowland’s disappointing solo efforts) and they’re suddenly miles behind her again, almost like it’s magic, or possibly a very niche science trick that the men just don’t have the capacity to comprehend in a world without flushing toilets. Gradually, Pwyll’s men just bow out, some gracefully and some probably weeping about piles and missing dinner, and then Pwyll is alone in his pursuit. Exhausted, starving and probably desperate to use one of the aforementioned non-flushing toilets, Pwyll just cries out “I don’t understand! When I saw this woman riding ahead of me, I only had one option, and that was to chase her desperately like the protagonists of La La Land chased a false Hollywood ideal. There’s literally nothing else I can do, but I can’t carry on, and it’s not working,” and then suddenly this idea comes to him and he calls out to the woman “hey, can you stop!”
and she immediately stops
and he catches up to her
and she’s like “fucking hell, I’ve been waiting for you to ask me to stop for three days, I’m absolutely knackered. Also I’m conveniently madly in love with you,” and Pwyll is like “if you’re in love with me, then why didn’t you stop? I just ran about eight triathlons, and by ‘I’ I mean ‘my horse’, who will likely never forgive me,” and the woman (Rhiannon) just shrugs and says “well, you didn’t ask me to stop.”
And either it shows something about the perils of pursuing a goal relentlessly without taking a moment to consider your approach, or it’s a commentary on male expectations of women, or on hubris, but ultimately it’s just really fucking funny.
My trainer was lunging her mare and this tiny corgi was super excited to be running in circles with the horse. He wasn’t even chasing her I think he thought he was being chased. Anyway it was hilarious.
Favourite thing to do on saturday nights: Fave movies screencaps redraw!:D
Shin from the movie “Hoshi wo ou kodomo” (children who chase lost voices/ Journey to Agartha.) by Makoto Shinkai!:D (NOT A ghibli movie but I think some character design staff from ghibli had a hand in it maybe.)