So some of the OG's might remember my post comparing what each Herd would look like as a Horse breed. Obviously I made a whole bunch of mistakes XD. I said I thought a mountain herd steed would look like a Friesian HAHA. Well this time a put a LOT more effort into it. I thought a lot more of the anatomy and how they are described, as well as their habitat and lifestyle.
Here are my thoughts. Sun Herd; a strong warriors, but are still slims and strong, with a large variety of bright coats and feathers. Mountain Herd; a short stubby very thick type of draft horse. Very furry and very packed with muscle, nasty tempers. Snow Herd; Tall and large warriors. They are very thick with muscle, but are lean and great warriors. Mostly greys and whites. Jungle Herd; not as skinny as Sun Herd, but light on their hooves. Very agile and sneaky, mostly bays, duns, and earthy colors. Desert Herd; skinny, quick, agile. Very deep chest with a skinny waist, skinny legs and neck as well. Mostly palominos and light Buckskins with very shiny coats. Herds: Sun Herd: Trakehner Mountain Herd: Auxois Snow Herd: Clydesdale
Jungle Herd: Lusitano
Desert Herd: Akhal Teke Reasoning:
I always imagined Sun Herd as a rather slim, yet strong type of horse. Like an eventing horse or a Jumping horse. They are considered rather tall and lean, however, they have the largest and strongest army. So they couldn't be as light as a horse as an Arab, or Marwari, or Akhal Teke. Sun Herd has a very general discription and they dont have too many distinct feature, so it was quite hard to think up the right breed. The Trakehner is an eventing horse. Known for its ability to be used around all disciplines. They are taller and bigger, and come im pretty much all coats. This is why I landed on the Trakehner.
Mountain herd is much more distinct and unique of a horse than Sun Herd. They are short, furry, and big. This narrowed down the options plenty. Now I was looking for basically something that would be like a mini Shire, or a Giant Shetland. I looked at some smaller draft breeds and came across the Auxois horse. I actually often use this horse as a reference for drawing Mountain Herd Steeds quite often. This horse is strong and pig, but shorter than the normal horse. When not clipped they grow thick furry coats, just like mountain herd!
Snow Herd steeds are tall, large, and your draft horse of Anok. Now, at first, I thought any old draft horse would do. But the more I looked at them the more something didn't feel right. They all seemed to thick to be Snow Herd Steeds. Yes they are big and tall, but the are agile for their size as I recall from Landfall. You'll know what I mean if you look up Belgian Draft Horse, or Shire Horse. Or basically any draft. I was thinking the Irish Cob (Also known as the Tinker or Gypsy Vanner) but it was too short. The Clydesdale however is tall and big, but they are gentle and even sometimes used for beginner jumpers and dressage. I also found that Percherons also work well for Snow Herd as a leaner draft breed as well.
Percheron-Above <> Clydesdale- Below
I have alsways imagined Jungle Herd as a type of dressage horse. Quick, and light on their feet. They MUST have good footwork in order to stay in the trees all the time. I never imagined them as skinny as Desert herd or Sun Herd, but still a nice fit horse. And Andalusian was a bit too big for my opinion so, I landed on the classic Lusitano! This horse is known for its skills in dressage and Liberty and have very strong lets and are quick on their feet. They also come in variouse shades of earthy duns, bays, and greys, just like jungle herd.
Skinny, lean, slim, the grey-hound of Anok. These steeds are very skinny and have very deep chests and skinny waists. I seriously couldn't find a better match than the Akhal Teke. This horse literally is the exact description of a Desert Herd steed. Tall, deep chest, skinny waist, long skinny legs, long neck. And even better, they are most famous for their shiny buckskins, perolinos, cremelos, and palominos. This one needs no explaining in my opinion. Fun Fact: The Akhal Teke is one of the rarest horse breeds on earth. (They are also my favorite horse breed)
Tell me this aint cute!
There you have it. There are my thoughts on how the different Herd's would compare to horse breeds. Leave your ideas too! I would love to hear them! Starleaf: Btw this took me like an hour and I should be doing homework so you better like this!