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Daisy Equestrian - MarioSportsSuperstars.png
Daisy riding a Horse from Mario Sports Superstars.
First Appearance The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! - "The Great Gladiator Gig" (1989)
Latest Appearance Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (2017)
Related Species
Notable Members
Bean's Horse

Horses are animals that live in prevalence on Earth and seemingly scarcely in the Mushroom World, which appear infrequently in the Mario franchise.


Mario & Sonic series[edit]

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games[edit]

Horses made their first Mario game appearance in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. There is a large variety of horses in the game, such as brown, bright brown, and white. The Equestrian event is set in Greenwich Park, where the horses are found.[1] They can be ridden by playable characters the game. At the beginning of Equestrian, when a GO! appears on the screen, the player can swing the Wii Remote for a Starting Dash. The player has to hold the Wii Remote on its side and move up and down as if they were reins to speed up. The player needs to slow down and angle their Remote to steer around corners before galloping up to a fence and leaping over it. Equestrian is known to have ten fences, which a horse needs to jump over. If the player misses a single fence, he or she will lose the game. When the player is about to finish the Equestrian event, the Horse may speed up when the player keeps on shaking the Wii Remote.

Sonic the Hedgehog on a horse.

The Horses are also available in the Dream Events; the Dream Equestrian event takes place in Moo Moo Meadows from Mario Kart Wii.[2] The event needs four players who ride their horses, and help transport the seven Yoshi Eggs on a cart at the goal of the minigame. Sometimes, arrows to show the direction where the players should go to will appear, and the Horse will move if the players hold the Wii Remote sideways and shake it in the right direction. Sometimes the cart tips over and the players have to hold the Wii Remote in the right direction to get the balance back, especially when a Chain Chomp chases after them on a bridge. The horses always have to dodge things thrown at them, including the barrels behind them, a Magikoopa's magic attacks, or what's laying around. If a horse is injured, the cart will lose a Yoshi Egg. Boost panels can help the horses increase their speed. At times the horses are at cliffs, the player needs to press the Two Button button to make them jump. If the characters make it with Yoshi Eggs, different colored Yoshis hatch and they will complete the event. However they lose the event if all the Yoshi Eggs have disappeared from the cart. In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, only female characters can ride horses.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games[edit]

Luigi riding a horse on the Equestrian loading screen in the Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Larry performing a trick on his horse in the Equestrian event of the Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Horses return in Equestrian in both versions of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, serving the same purpose as Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. They also appear in Equestrian Plus in the Nintendo 3DS version. In both versions, Larry Koopa expresses a keen interest in the Equestrian event and horses, which is fitting considering that he is exclusively playable in Equestrian events in both versions.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Epona, Link's female horse

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a Sticker of Epona the horse from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is available for collecting to increase their arm strength by 9, only usable for Link, Zelda, Toon Link, and Ganondorf.

WarioWare: Touched![edit]

Horses in Rump Roast.

In WarioWare: Touched!, horses appear in the microgame Rump Roast where the player must rapidly tap the horse's bottom on the lower screen in order for it to win the race.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]

"The Great Gladiator Gig"[edit]

A horse from The Great Gladiator Gig.

In "The Great Gladiator Gig", horses made their first appearance in the Mario series. Here they were used as the main form of transportation in the Greek-like Linguine Empire as chariot pullers.

"The Adventures of Sherlock Mario"[edit]

They appeared again in "The Adventures of Sherlock Mario", where in the Victorian-like city of Victoria they were used to pull stagecoaches.

"Hooded Robin and His Mario Men"[edit]

In "Hooded Robin and His Mario Men", Horses are once again used as the main form of transportation for the people of Sharewood Village.

Mobile Golf[edit]

Bean's Horse from Mobile Golf.

A horse also made appearance in Mobile Golf, who is owned by Bean. He is only seen in the artwork with Bean rather than in the actual game.

Mario Sports Superstars[edit]

Mario on a horse in Mario Sports Superstars.

Horses appear in the Horse Racing sport of the Mario Sports Superstars game. Here, players take care of their horses to better their mood and increase their bond with them. Prior to playing horse racing, players can choose their horse's gender, as well as the type of horse they wish to choose, from a pool of four horse types: balance, speed, power, and technique, and they all come with different designs and colors with different stats. Players can also unlock accessories for their horses to wear, such as saddles, bridles, and hats. Alternatively, a horse can be selected from a selection of "guest" horses (which increases upon winning tournament cups). Also, the horse's stats change slightly depending on the play type of the rider.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Caballo Horse
French Cheval Horse


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Horseback Riding Dream Event