Pros: You’re able to outpace zombies handily even at a trot, the gallop just humiliates them. It makes rollerskates look sad.
With some cheap chitin armor, the horse can take a lot of punishment from average zombies, too.
Mobility that puts motorcycles to shame, you can dodge and weave through a crowd of zombies like an animal that evolved over millions of years to dodge faster and smarter predators than them. It’s pretty boss.
Cons: Getting too close to a grabber/wrestler or a brute/hulk can wind up with you and your horse separated suddenly, and your horse fleeing faster than you can catch him. This can ruin your day.
Also for some reason horses in current experimentals seem to have a wacky Time Dilation CBM installed that charges up the longer you’re riding and goes off the second you dismount:
So be careful after a long ride to dismount somewhere safe and hopefully confined until that bug gets fixed.
One other con is that the game bullies your character if you’re not watching what you eat. You are too heavy to mount Horse.
I love the ranch start! My longest surviving character started on a ranch and still uses it as a satellite base and farm/safe haven for her livestock.
Once you tame the horse, it doesn’t need to be fed anymore - At least not that I’ve noticed. I assume it grazes on it’s own or that’s how I choose to believe it going.
If you mount a horse to a vehicle, it doesn’t take fuel to power it. Just keep in mind a horse or team of horses won’t run at the same speeds as a vehicle with an engine in it. This seems especially true the heavier your vehicle.
Bonus tip: Cows can be put into a yoke and harness just like horses. Unlike a horse though, cows give milk. Having a cow helping pull your vehicle means you have a portable food source with you at all times.
Well currently it works great, the only thing is that annoying bug with Horse Time Dilation CBM. You have to dismount in a locked barn or open safe field because the horse will wander few turns and you might dismount 10 meters away from your stead