The horse...in real life there is often a mystique around this animal, and in UO to new players, just the thought of having a noble steed to accompany one is a wonderful thought. There are 4 color varieties of horses availble to the common player--brown, grey, red roan (aka the reddish shortmane), and buckskin (aka the yellow longmane.)
Those in factions are able to purchase war horses of varying colors: Red longmane (minax), blue shortmane (Council of Mages), black shortmane (Shadowlords), and purplish shortmane (True Brittanians.) In UOTD these war horses are quite different: dark dapple grey with red harness (Minax), dark dapple grey with blue harness (CoM), dark dapple grey with green harness (Shadowlords), and light dapple grey with purple harness (True Brits.) The final variety of horse is the pack horse, which can only be bought at stables and is the red roan shortmane graphic with saddlebags.
Normal horses spawn in the grassy areas of the Lost Lands as well as the Oasis in the desert near papua, in the forestlands of britannia, and in Spiritwood in Ilshenar. War horses do not spawn, but instead must be bought with Faction silver from a horse breeder in a faction-controlled town.
Horses give 10 hides and 3 meat when slain. They also give anyone who kills them negative karma, since they are companion animals to mankind.
Now for my reflections on horses. As an avid horselover, I was always smitten with the UO horses. I was so proud the day I scraped up the gold to purchase my first UO horse, Bajazet. And I was torn the day I lost her...she went wild (I didn't know back then you actually had to FEED pixels!) and a monster killed her. Almost two years later, I have a new Bajazet who has luckily lasted much longer than the first steed to be given the name. I also proudly have 2 UO dapple greys that are both over a year old, and both are owned by my warrior so it is a small miracle they are still alive! Steel and Mystery are just as big a part of my UO pet family as all my nightmares, dragons, wyrms, unicorns, and ki-rin are.
And now, it is your turn to add more information about the UO horses, or to just share your own stories of what you have done with them!