In Kingdom Come: Deliverance horse riding and horses are one of the most important aspects to master, with horses the primary means of long-distance transport - outside of fast travel that is - and likewise a helpful way to avoid or gain advantage in combat, and even expand your inventory.
Here on this page we'll explain how to get a horse in Kingdom Come: Deliverance, as well as how to get horse armour, and where to buy a horse of you're looking for an upgrade.
How to get a horse in Kingdom Come: Deliverance
There are several ways you can get yourself a horse in Kingdom Come: Deliverance, some of them legitimate, and some of them not.
The easiest ways to get your hands on a horse come right towards the beginning of the game where you'll encounter three chances to ride one, with some of those chances to keep it for good, too.
In the mission "Run!":
The first time you get a chance to get a horse is in your escape from the starting village, Skalitz, in the mission "Run!". This one's only temporary however, but if you're struggling to find one they're simply located at the end of the dirt path that leads out from the castle down the hill, where you get a chance to save Theresa.
Before you escape from Talmberg castle:
After that chaotic opening, you'll find yourself tasked with leaving Talmberg - only the castle gate remains locked and guarded.
In the process you'll need to get yourself a set of Talmberg guard armour, but once you've got that you can also nab yourself a horse, which seems to be the same one you rode in on. It's in the town stable, which is in the courtyard of the castle itself. Hop on - the one that says "Horse - Mount" is yours, not the one that says "Horse - Steal - Mount", which clearly isn't.
After completing the quest "The Prey" in Rattay:
Third, after you've left Talmberg in the main story, if you follow the main quest you'll eventually find yourself in Rattay, a larger settlement and the home of some more quests.
Proceed through the main story and you'll get to a quest called The Prey, which tasks you with hunting for Sir Hanush. Complete it, and Sir Radzig with reward you with your own horse! It's a pretty basic one with some rather low stats, but it's more than suitable for now, and certainly until you can muster up the coin for buying a better one.
Another way to get a horse is by half-inching it for yourself. There are two ways to go about that - stealithy, from a stable, or via combat with a mounted foe, like a travelling knight, who you manage to defeat. It's a bit of a grey area as to whether or not that counts as stealing per se.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance - how to buy a horse
You can buy a horse from various horse traders around the game world. The first chance you get seems to be in Neuhof, and you'll notice the horses here have significantly higher stats than the one you got from the main story earlier on.
You can buy one as soon as you have the coin and reach the settlement - but it might be better to wait even longer, with there being quite a step up in stats as you get to the higher "levels" of horses on offer.
We're aware of three traders in the game, one in Neuhof, one in Uzhits and one in Merhhojoed, which sell a total of twenty horses between them.
The horses have fixed names and stats, so are somewhat unique characters of their own. Some are faster, others have more endurance, or carry capacity, so which one you buy is down to your own preferences in a way.
Originally it seemed as though you couldn't actually match up the specific horses to their stats - there are lots of inspectable (and stealable) horses in stables nearby traders but they don't have names of their own - but actually it just takes a little extra searching (thanks, EG commenters!). This can still take a little while though - but it wouldn't be Kingdom Come if they didn't make you do it the old-fashioned way.
It's also worth quickly noting that when you first go to a couple of towns, like Neuhof, in the main quest their horses will have been killed by some incident there. After sorting out that quest though the stock of horses from the trader will be replenished.
For more knightly tips and guides like this, we have a main page of various, helpful Kingdom Come Deliverance tips, as well as an explainer on how to save in Kingdom Come: Deliverance, a complete guide to all 25 Treasure Map and treasure locations, a comprehensive page on the tricky Kingdom Come: Deliverance lockpicking, how to pick locks and how to find lockpicks, as well as info on where to get Kingdom Come: Delviverance horse armour and how to find or buy a horse, too.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance horse armour location - how to get and where to find horse armour
There are two ways you can outfit your horse in Kingdom Come: Deliverance - first, with various gear like caparisons, that's more aesthetically inclined and readily available from horse traders, and second with the very rare horse armour that so far has only been found in one place: a giant nest, which seems like a Witcher 3 easter egg to us.
If you're here, you're probably after the latter. Here's how and where to find the only set of horse armour in Kingdom Come: Deliverance so far:
1. Head to Ledechko, and travel east along the base of the cliffs.
2. Look for a space to start climbing - but be careful, one fall is normally fatal here, so try to do this after sleeping and saving. Look for a bunch of bushes near the base of the climb which you need to head through - they're marked in the image above.
3. You now need to work your way diagonally up the hill through the woods, until you come out in to the open, with a giant nest up ahead.
4. To get to the nest, you need to do some awkward platforming - get on top of the bush, which supports your weight, just next to the nest. From there, you can hop up into it, where you'll find a horse's body.
Loot the horse and you'll find the special horse armour, as well as some other handy loot. Equipping it grants your horse 15, 15, and 10 in the three categories of attack, and some protection to its face and neck. Handy!