Horses are four-legged animals regularly used as mounts and means of transportation by Humans.
Standard horses can be large enough to support a carriage of up to two humans. Horses' coats can be a range of different colours such as bay, chestnut, grey, black and white, which are the most common seen in Merlin Some colours not seen in the program include dun, skewbald, piebald, roan, appaloosa and palomino.
History of Horses and Usage
Humans use Horses for many purposes such as transport and combat; a croup of soldiers fighting on horseback is typically called a Cavalry. Throughout every series of Merlin, Horses are used frequently and can be seen in every episode. They are a key part of the program.
Once, when Merlin mucked out the stables he fell asleep because Cedric threw a smoke bomb into the stable. Cedric then came and released all the horses, leaving them to run riot through Camelot and Arthur Pendragon was furious at Merlin (The Curse of Cornelius Sigan).Another member of the horse family is the donkey. Arthur grew donkey ears when the Goblin possessed Gaius and attacked Arthur when he discovered who he really was (Goblin's Gold). 'Donkey' was also used as an insult by Old Merlin in The Queen of Hearts, directed at Arthur. A full donkey has not yet appeared in Merlin.There is a jousting tournament in which Arthur jousts as another knight in order to gain his 'moment of glory' in the final. Arthur is nearly killed by the assassin Myror who kills and replaces Arthur's opponent in the final (The Once and Future Queen ).
Arthur and his knights can frequently be seen riding out on horseback.
- The Dragon's Call (introduction)
The King of Mercia and a bunch of his knights and men arrived in Camelot on horses to seal a peace treaty.
- Lancelot (episode)
The Black Knight broke into Camelot through a horse. It only appeared to use it once- it spent the rest of the time standing still and challenging opponents.
- The Darkest Hour: Part 1 and 2
The knights rode horses on their journey to heal the veil between the worlds. Agravaine rode his usual black horse to Morgana's hut.
The circus group rode horses into Camelot.
Merlin rides a horse to Morgana's hut. When he transforms into Old Merlin (disguise), and tries to get back onto the horse, the knights confront him. He easily overpowers them and uses them as stairs to get up onto the horse.
Alator of the Catha rides to Camelot on a horse and kidnaps Gaius. Merlin and Gwaine then chase them up on horses. Agravaine and Morgana follow on horses themselves. Gwaine and Agravaine head back to Camelot on horses, and Merlin shortly after. (Following Alator's betrayal of Morgana)
Though not obvious, horses are seen from the very start in the background. The knights were riding them on a trip through the forest, where they encountered the druid shrine.
Morgana chases Guinevere through the forest on a horse. Helios and Morgana also search the forest on horses. Morgana is on her usual white horse.
- Horses will continue to be used throughout Series 5, by the allies and the enemies of Camelot.