Sand steed

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A black sand steed gallops across the sands © FFG
Prince Oberyn Martell's stallion is as black as sin with a mane and tail the colour of fire © FFG
A desert raider astride a Dornish sand steed © FFG

The sand steed is a type of horse bred in Dorne.


The horse is marked by its long neck, narrow head and its slimness and swiftness. They have narrow, beautiful heads. Some sand steed colours are red, golden, black and pale as snow.

They are smaller than normal warhorses and cannot bear the weight of the armor a warhorse usually wears. Dornishmen claim the mounts are able to run for a day and night and another day, and never tire.[1]

In The Conquest of Dorne King Daeron I Targaryen remarked that the Dornish love their sand steeds equal to their children, and wrote that the Knight of Spottswood had his sand steeds stabled in his very own hall.[2]

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A Storm of Swords

Prince Oberyn Martell is riding a stallion black as sin with a mane and tail the colour of fire when arriving in King's Landing.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Queer Customs of the South.