A Link to the Equestrian World

Since I’ve covered the goddess Epona, I might as well also say a bit about the horse of the same name in the Zelda series, who made her first appearance in Ocarina of Time. Link encounters Epona, a horse on Lon Lon Ranch, as a foal and as an adult.

She makes a few other cameo appearances, but her next main role looks to be in Twilight Princess, which lets Link use more weapons and items on horseback than Ocarina did.

I’m kind of surprised those were the only two games that gave horse-riding a major part (as opposed to a minor part like in Four Swords Adventures), but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Epona again in the future. Link’s steed can jump over fences and gaps, which adds to her usefulness. According to the Wikipedia entry, Epona was a well-received character, and was ranked best video game horse in some kind of poll. Actually, I can’t think of too many other video game horses offhand, or at least not ones with their own names and personalities, but I’m sure there are some. I think the horse that draws the wagon in Dragon Quest IV is named Primrose, but she’s not really a character in her own right. I wonder whether Epona is a better steed than a Chocobo.

I’m not a horse person myself, but I do think horseback riding fits quite well into the world of Hyrule.

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2 Responses to A Link to the Equestrian World

  1. vilajunkie says:

    I’ve never ridden an ostrich (the closest thing we’re going to get to a chocobo), but from my experience riding horses, it seems like riding a chocobo/ostrich would be a lot harder and less comfortable. You have to watch your legs around the wings, for one thing.

    • Nathan says:

      You’re probably right. I just kind of think the giant birds look neater. Then again, a citizen of the Final Fantasy world might say that about a horse. {g}

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