Defense saddles not adding armor

I have never messed around with horses before today, but I tamed a horse and when I added a Poitain saddle (defense) it did nothing to the armor for the horse. Is this a bug or is there a hidden defense mechanic that I’m not seeing?

I have tried refreshing the menu to no avail. So yes, I have tried turning it off and back on. :neutral_face:

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This is from the Wiki:

Armor is a function of the horse, not the saddle, and is 53 for all horses. Damage and armor pen are zero for all saddles.

I read that from the wiki earlier…so defense is nothing? The defense saddles are just for show?

That’s what it looks like to me, I had the same question as well and couldn’t find anything that would say otherwise.

I just assumed its related to End Dam Modifier.

Horses primarily take damage to stamina, so look at the Endurance Damage Multiplier for each class of saddle, and watch your mount’s blue bar.

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Tell that to the horse after it got owned by a cimmerian berserker. Unless they die from low stamina.

Put vines in a new horse, take it to Noob River, and level it safely and slowly. Most horses @ Lvl 20 can easily tank even tough bosses. If you’re lucky, you may get a horse with around 6,000 HP. You can use a Lovetap from the back of a horse or better yet, a Predatory Blade with an Oil of Concussion (use heavy attack only.) You will be knocking out Zerkers in record time.

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I would say the most common mistake i’ve observed with new riders is they don’t ride the horse! They dismount and engage enemies on foot. Please stay on the horse. You can now outrun anything (be careful of boss rhinos, they can run fast, too.) Once you’ve ridden enough to have acquired muscle memory, you will have the confidence to ride into any battle.

On the back of a properly levelled horse, you do more damage, can’t be knocked down, stun-locked, or slowed down. You can dodge faster and farther. You will take more damage than the horse, but can literally run circles around your enemies while you heal and/or regen stam. Just keep an eye on the horse stam bar, and be patient with yourself. Happy Conaning!


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