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->''"[[BuffySpeak Good bird-horse-thingy]]."''
-->-- '''Sokka''', ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''

Evolution being what it is, alien worlds (or Earth time periods far removed from the present day) are bound to have different forms of animal life than our world. The people there, however, are usually [[HumanAliens just like us]], or [[RubberForeheadAliens close]], and would therefore develop and breed different livestock to fill the same needs.

And one of the major needs is for animals to fill the niches that horses fill on Earth: basic transportation in areas where mechanical transport are impractical, unknown, or expensive; or prestige transportation in areas where mechanical transport is cheap and easy. Horse-replacements may also be used as draft animals.

Of the types of creatures available, large flightless birds are probably the single most-common type of horse-replacement. Two-legged fast dinosaurs come up frequently. To replace the larger draft animals, vaguely ox-like creatures and large lizards seem to be popular, and some may be MixAndMatchCritters.

Evil, bloodthirsty races will often use a giant form of a common predator, like a wolf. Cats are a mixed bag, they are predatory, and notoriously disobedient, but both heroes and villains can be seen riding them, and performing great feats of sure-footed trick riding.

[[GiantFlyer A flying creature that can be trained, and can carry a man]], is the holy grail of animal husbandry. Most fantasy settings have at least one, either a scaled-up [[ArtMajorBiology physically implausible thing]], or just a big one used by a [[FiveRaces small and light race of people]]. [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]] are [[DragonRider especially popular]] in this department.

For ''maximum'' SpeculativeFiction cred, try having the mount not even being [[MechanicalHorse made of flesh and blood]]. In video games, these often become a PowerupMount.

Named for a pun in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', although that was an actual horse that, as the name suggests, kept changing color randomly.

Compare CallARabbitASmeerp, when the animal actually is, for all intents and purposes, identical to a real-world animal. SuperTrope of KangarooPouchRide and SeahorseSteed, and sometimes DomesticatedDinosaurs. For actual horses (or other animals) with unusual colors, see AmazingTechnicolorWildlife.

Nothing to do with the album of the same name by the country group Big and Rich.
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!!Examples

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!!Flightless Birds and Other Bipeds

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/LastExile'' has some very chocobo-esque flightless birds. Although they were never used as mounts they replaced horses as the animal of choice for racing.
* In ''Anime/MazeMegaburstSpace'', a two-legged brown dinosaur is the preferred cavalry mount.
* Horseclaws are giant flightless birds used as rides in ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' (and inspired the above-mentioned chocobos).
** Nausicaa also features another type of unusual mount, referred to as Warbeasts, which are something like giant, shaggy dogs with cow horns & lizard-like feet.
* What look like giant ducklings are used as mounts in ''Manga/OnePiece's'' Kingdom of Alabasta.
* In ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'', some people ride around on giant turtle-like creatures. With shells.
* ''Anime/{{Trigun}}'' has the Tomas, weird cross-breeds between ostriches and dinosaurs.
** ''Anime/{{Gungrave}}'' also has the Tomas, which, while not featured as a primary mount, are used instead of horses for racing purposes. Mostly just a MythologyGag owing to Yasuhiro Nightow creating both series.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In DC comics the Atomic Knights of Earth 17 ride on giant dog creatures. The Atomic Knights also show up in ''FinalCrisis'' riding these dogs into Bludhaven.
** Also the kangas (giant riding kangaroos) in some versions of Paradise Island.
* ''StrontiumDog'' has morks.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Ostriches were ridden in ''TheSwissFamilyRobinson.'' (TruthInTelevision: Ostrich jockeys have races in Arizona every year.)
* [[Franchise/StarWars Tauntauns, a bipedal mammal, are the mount of choice on the ice planet Hoth.]]
* In ''{{Rango}}'', they ride non-sentient birds. [[FurryConfusion The film also has a sentient hawk.]]
* The Leafmen in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' ride hummingbirds into battle, while the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Boggins]] prefer CreepyCrows because they are more tolerant of decay. They also can ride on [[BatOutOfHell bats]] due to their leader's [[TheBeastmaster ability to imitate the cry that bats use to locate others of their own kind.]] However, the bats aren't actually loyal to the Boggins; in one scene, a Leafman knocks a Boggin off his bat and takes the reins, and the bat has no complaints. Birds such as sparrows are considered inferior to hummingbirds, and are generally used only for racing.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Flinx in ''[[Creator/AlanDeanFoster For Love Of Mother-Not]]'' rides a stupava riding bird through the soggy forests of Moth, where its partially webbed feet come in handy for the muddy terrain.
* The [[Literature/GauntsGhosts Gaunt's Ghosts novels]] had birds called Struthids used as cavalry on one of the planets; the general description made them look like the bastard child of cassowaries.
* Horses ''do'' exist in Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/{{Discworld}}, so when some Mad Max-style raiders trying to get at Mad the dwarf's water supplies show up in ''The Last Continent'' riding and/or being pulled by a variety of things that are very notably not horses (including an emu, as described by someone who has never heard of such a thing), it's mostly to illustrate how utterly insane Fourecks is.
* The Rudewood's hotchi in Main/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/IronCouncil'' ride oversized chickens. They also use these oversized, highly aggressive roosters in gladitorial cockfights.
* The Seanchan of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series have, among other things (see other sections), ''corlm'', creatures like large ostriches with brown fur instead of feathers, although these are used mainly for hunting rather than as mounts.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger used velociraptors as steeds. So did their counterparts the Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder, though less often since they had motorcycles that weren't murder on the CGI budget.
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[[folder:MMORPGs]]
* In ''RagnarokOnline'', the standard animal of monture are giant birds called Pecos, not unlike Chocobos. They are limited on use to one class job, however (even if the things are also in the wild and can be captured as mascots).
** Although with third jobs, Wargs, Griffons and the dragon-like Ferus are now both also fair game.
* Blood Elves in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' ride flightless, vaguely ostrich-like birds called Hawkstriders. Often [[FanNickName referred to as Chocobos]] by fans.
** Gnomes get ''robotic'' ostriches called Mechanostriders.
* Tauntauns can be acquired as a mount in VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Striders - similar to riding birds, but scaly and butt-ugly - are used as mounts by the Kang of ''{{Talislanta}}'', and their smaller, feistier cousins, marsh striders, by the Jhangarans.
* WarhammerFantasy Dark Elves and Lizardmen ride theropod-like creatures known as Cold Ones.
* Halflings in ''DungeonsAndDragons'' {{Eberron}} campaign setting ride two kinds of bipedal dinosaurs, called fastieths and clawfoots. [[note]] Fastieths are basically ornithomimids. Clawfoots are ''velociraptors''.[[/note]]
* "Axebeaks" (''Phorusrhacos'', more or less) have featured in several editions of ''DungeonsAndDragons''. (''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' seems to have shrugged and openly presented them essentially as predatory chocobos.) White Wolf's ''TabletopGame/ScarredLands'' setting had "tent birds," a desert-dwelling variant with supernaturally heat-resistant feathers that could use its huge—albeit still flightless—wings [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin to shelter itself and its hatchlings (or its rider)]].
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Rock steeds in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' are bipedal dinosaur-relatives ridden by desert bandits. For some reason, however, the movie ''The Legend Reborn'' had them acting exactly like actual horses.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The various world-settings in the ''FinalFantasy'' series use a type of giant bird called a Chocobo as a riding mount. Some variations of them can fly, though.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': Yoshi, to the point of being referred to as such (though in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg8mDRAngZ0 a rather derogatory fashion]]) by the popular {{Lets Play}}er, LetsPlay/{{raocow}}.
* Early in ''RogueGalaxy'', the hero is seen riding a sort of skeletal mount called a Yago. Apparently they must have some meat on them because a sand worm eats one at the end of the first chapter.
* Strangely, the Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Duduo and Dodrio -- based off of ostriches -- can learn Fly in the games. The anime makes a clever justification when Falkner's Dodrio makes a leap that makes it look like it ''is'' flying, though the birds are usually ridden as land mounts when seen.
** The character Yellow of the ''PokemonSpecial'' manga is fourteen years old, but she is small enough to ride Dodrio's unevolved (juvenile) form, Doduo.
** [[http://www.player-two.com/?id=13 Mystery solved]].
** [[http://awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=030711 Mystery of flight also solved for Doduo!]]
* There are undead units in ''BattleForWesnoth'' which ride skeletal 'chocobones' which are a clear parody of the Final Fantasy birds.
* Abe in ''{{Oddworld}}: Abe's Oddyssey'' can ride a strange, UglyCute creature named Elum in certain areas. The manual describes him as "Cranky, stubborn, and smells like a burst sewer pipe, and those are his good points. Fortunately, chicks dig him."
* The first ''JakAndDaxter'' has the Flut Flut, a tropical bird that Jak rides on in certain levels. However, its flightlessness is due to the fact that it's a baby, so it's fair to assume that a full grown Flut Flut would be more of a GiantFlyer. ''Jak 3'', meanwhile, has the Leaper Lizard, which despite being a dinosaur/dragon-like creature is, well... A Flut Flut of a different colour in essence.
* The ''Cralluck'' in Franchise/StarTrek RPG materials; an Acamarian flightless bird.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'''s Yoshi the velociraptor.
* Suss Birds in ''{{Harkovast}}'' fit this trope, as do the Bataks and Histoos.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Seekers}}'' the winglings ride chickens.
* ''TheWaterPhoenixKing'' has saddle-broken zebras and "bicorns," which are exactly what you'd expect -- large ungulates with two straight horns on their heads. And a riding robot bug.
* In a {{Homage}} to the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' arcade games, [[RecurringBoss Shadow Man]] rides a frog in Bright Man's stage in ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity''.
* CharbyTheVampirate has a variety of horse alternatives including llamas, [[http://www.charbythevampirate.com/comic/1004 riding dogs and manticores]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Parodied in ''WebVideo/CollegeSaga'', where the hero rides a chocobo played by a man in a fursuit.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Ostrich-Horses in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' seem to be the transportation of choice in the Earth Kingdom.
* The main characters in ''WesternAnimation/HighlanderTheAnimatedSeries'' ride a kind of large bipedal animal in many episodes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', the eponymous character's mount, Sylvia, had a vaguely horse-shaped head without the ears, yet her body and tail more so resemble those of a kangaroo. She's also blue with a pink mane and tail tuft. [[SapientSteed Oh, and she's sapient too.]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Ostrich riders, though they (the ostriches) tend to be pretty unhappy about people riding on their backs, making them impractical for any use other than recreation.
** Ostriches have an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnKBQquzGXE unfortunate habit of losing their riders]]. Professional horse jockeys describe them as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53p-go2DOnE "like riding a giant football"]])
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!!Predatory Animals

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Chiyo-chan in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' is so small, she can comfortably ride Mr. Tadakichi, a Great Pyrenees, to Sakaki's envy.
** Which was probably inspired by the novel and Japanese {{anime}} series ''[[MeikenJolie Belle And Sebastian]]'' (which also happens to be the name of an indie band), where the latter, a small boy, would often ride on the back of the enormous Belle (also a Great Pyrenees), as they traversed the French and Spanish countryside in search of Sebastian's mother.
* In the Magic World of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', the mount of choice appears to be dinosaur-like reptiles such as the one [[spoiler:[[GenkiGirl Makie]]]] rode while buying groceries for the bar she worked in.
* While Akamaru the dog from ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' is as small as most dogs before the time-skip, he grows to the size of a pony over the course of 2 and a half years. His owner, Kiba, uses him as a mount occasionally post-timeskip.
** And Kiba acts surprised when Naruto brings it up. "Really? I must not have noticed!"
** Other ninja dogs, including Kakashi's and Kuromaru (the one used by Kiba's mom), are capable of talking. And after the TimeSkip Kuromaru is inexplicably [[http://read.mangashare.com/Naruto/chapter-429/page007.html even larger than Akamaru]].
* ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' features "Warbeasts", which are something like giant, shaggy dogs with cow horns & lizard-like feet.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the cl when the pet shop told him they had no horses he demanded a dog big enough to ride.
* One issue of the comic series of ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' (known for its MixAndMatchCritters) had the bad guy riding a [[http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Puma_goat puma-goat]] of all things.
* In ''ElfQuest'' the Wolfriders (unsurprisingly) ride wolves.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Goblins in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' ride on Wargs -- huge, intelligent, evil wolves.
* In SMStirling's and DavidDrake's "TheGeneral" series of SF novels, the stranded inhabitants on the fallen colony of Bellevue ride genetically engineered giant dogs instead of horses. The native wildlife (Velociraptors) was hostile enough that horses weren't considered viable, but a 1200-pound Doberman the size of a draft horse was. Biological implausibilities were gleefully ignored although it's mentioned in passing that modifications were made to their spines to enable them to bear the weight of a rider.
* The 1987 Ardath Mayhar/Ron Fortier AfterTheEnd collab ''Trail of the Seahawks'' also featured giant riding dogs (and giant mutant ''foxes'' that could be trained as mounts).
* Another series with dog mounts was Mike [=McQuay=]'s painfully sucky duology of ''Pure Blood'' and ''Mother Earth''. But [=McQuay=] felt the need to call them "[[CallARabbitASmeerp woofers]]" for some reason.
* Creator/CJCherryh's ''Finisterra'' series of novels has creatures called nighthorses that could be easily mistaken for horses, except that they are telepathic foul-tempered caich, despite their name and appearance, are predators.
* You wouldn't expect ''Mechwarrior'', ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'''s tabletop RPG, to feature these, but they do. Played straight with the tabiranth, an alien [[PantheraAwesome big cat]] that takes surprisingly well to riders. At about eight and a half feet long, four and a third feet tall at the shoulder, and over five hundred pounds, tabiranth are essentially riding tigers. Averted with the other noted alien riding beast, the Odessan raxx. In spite of looking like a six-legged elephant-sized monitor lizard, it is actually an implied herbivore, explicitly noted to be a GentleGiant, and an extreme MamaBear to boot.
* The Skybax Riders of ''{{Dinotopia}}'', who train and fly on huge Pterosaurs, rest very proudly in the realm of the RuleOfCool.
* The ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' is all about this.
* Dragon riders are fairly widespread in fiction, to the point of being savagely parodied in Terry Pratchett's 1983 ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic''
** Speaking of Literature/{{Discworld}}, herons and buzzards qualify as "giant flying steeds" if you're a gnome.
** And one of the Nac Mac Feegle has a hawk as his steed of choice.
* The tarns (large flying birds used as steeds) of John Norman's ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' novels.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's Middle-earth stories (''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', etc.), Sauron's Ringwraiths ride the wyvern-like flying 'fell beasts'. There are also the giant eagles have been known to give people rides. Notable example, Gandalf's escape from the tower of Orthanc.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': There are a number of different breeds of winged horses (based in part on the legend of Pegasus and Bellerophon), according to ''[[WordOfGod Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them]]''. Hogwarts employs thestrals, probably the ''least'' horse-like breed.
** Don't forget hippogriffs.
* In one of [[TheMunchausen Baron Munchausen's]] tall tales, the Baron tames and rides a roc.
* In the {{Dorian Hawkmoon}} trilogy by MichaelMoorcock (also known as the History of the Runestaff), there are flamethrower-wielding warriors who ride ''giant flamingos''.
* The Seanchan in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series have, among other things (see other sections), ''raken'' and ''to'raken'', large bird-like creatures used mainly for scouting and surprise attacks.
* In the Sugar Rain series, characters ride 'horses'. This functions to emphasize that English is really a 'translation' when a rider settles in for the night he gives the 'horse' a feedbag of meat.
* In Literature/TheGeneral series, giant dogs take the place of horses, adding an extra dimension to cavalry combat.
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[[folder: Mythology]]
* Gdon, or Dawon, is a sacred tigress in Tibetan and Hindu mythology that is ridden by the goddess Durga.
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[[folder: TabletopGames]]
* Warhammer40K: The SpaceWolves often ride Fenrisian wolves into battle. Now obviously, a seven-foot-tall PowereArmored bearded space Viking would be a bit much for a wolf, but fortunately Fenrisian wolves can grow to the size of a Rhino. No, not the African ungulate, [[CanisMajor that's how big the standard wolf is]]. We're talking Rhino the AwesomePersonnelCarrier, which can carry a dozen SpaceMarines.
* {{Warhammer}}: Gobilns ride (normal-sized) wolves, while forest goblins ride giant spiders.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Like many other worlds, in ancient times Dragons were used as mounts in the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' world, before being hunted to near extinction. The Sky Bison of the air-nomads are in a similar state; giant, intelligent six legged oxen with beaver tails that could fly, now with only one member of their species - Appa - believed left alive. As of the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', however, a new colony of Sky Bison have been found, which gives hope that the species can be repopulated. This is also true of dragons, if Zuko's pet dragon Druk is anything to go by.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'' was set on a world without wide-open spaces of dry land. Flying critters called Dagrons (small dragons, really) were the ride of choice. [[HumanResources Turns out they had a secret]].
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[[folder: Webcomic]]
* In ''{{Drowtales}}'' many large clans use large and varying animals as mounts, for transport and battles. The Val'Sarghress breed and train [[CanisMajor horse sized wolves]], the Vel'Sharen ride elephant sized [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] and the Val'Sullisin'rune ride [[PantheraAwesome horse sized tigers]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', the ''protagonist'' serves as a mount to his NinjaButterfly while he is transformed into a wolf.
* ''BattleForWesnoth'''s goblins use wolves as mounts.
* [[TheEmpire Empire]] factions in ''ElementalWarOfMagic'' may use wargs (giant wolves, unsurprisingly) as mounts for their soldiers, assuming they can find any. Heroes of ''either'' faction may purchase and ride warg mounts. If you want your {{Badass}} leader to ride into battle on top of a white wolf, then why the hell not?
* Warg Knight not horses and oxen as we know them, but they are instead descendants of each respective species.
* In ''DragonQuestVIII'', a sidequest earns you Baumren's Bell; an item which allows you to summon and ride sabretooth tigers on the Western continent.
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!!Other/Multiple

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Sesshoumaru's preferred mount is something that can only be described as a two-headed [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]]-horse in what might have been inspired by certain types of [[http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRdojZQ9gWjX1GTzFiLna6BvaLHiZ1vls0QNOo3h0mMMMxCztimkw kirin imagery]].
* In ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', the hero of the story rides what is referred to as a "red elk," but looks more like a (slightly modified) siberian ibex. Not only can the beast comfortably carry a rider, but is so sDogs Of A Different Color.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* All over the place in the {{Star Wars Expanded Universe}}. From the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Tauntaun Tauntauns]] of Hoth, to the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dewback Dewbacks]] of Tatooine and lizard-like [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Varactyl Varactyl]] of Utapau, any planet inhabited by sentient aliens will be guaranteed to have domesticated and rideable exotic beasts of burden of some sort.
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[[folder:Film]]
* During ''Film/{{Thor}}'', when the god of thunder needs to leave town, he walks into the most logical place to look for transportation: A pet shop.
-->'''Thor:''' I need a horse!\\
'''Pet Shop Clerk:''' We don't have horses. Just dogs, cats and birds...\\
'''Thor:''' Then give me one of those large enough to ride!
* Along with [[GiantFlyer flying animals,]] the characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' have been seen to use other mounts. The leader of the senselessly evil Boggins uses a star-nosed mole on one occasion, though this may just be due to his status as resident [[TheBeastmaster Beastmaster]] rather than that being a normal Boggin mount. On the good guys' side, the heroes take a ride on a deer--which is ABSURDLY large compared to them--though this is not considered typical either.
* ''Buffalo Rider'' features Jake Jones, an Old West outdoorsman who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin rides a buffalo]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Julian May's ''Literature/SagaOfTheExiles'', the mount of choice for the Tanu dwelling in Earth's prehistoric past is the chaliko- short for chalicothere. Chalicotheres are extinct relatives of horses, rhinos, and tapirs. (Unfortunately they're also generally pretty slope-backed and have a gait that really wouldn't work well at all on a riding animal. Oh well.)
* The thoats and zitidars used as mounts in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Martian/[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barsoom Barsoom]] stories featuring [[JohnCarterOfMars Captain John Carter of Virginia]].
* In Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/TheDiamondAge'', the upper-class transport of choice is the Chevaline, which is a kind of robot horsey with a vestigial knob for a tail.
* In ''{{Dune}}'' the Fremen ride the sandworms of Arrakis. Great-worms and lesser-worms are used in teams to pull a chariot.
* ''TheDuelOfSorceryTrilogy'' featured rambuts (something like [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft talbuks]], or possibly [[PrincessMononoke Yakkul]]) and macain (reptilian mammals, or mammalian reptiles, that hatch from eggs and resemble ornithopod dinosaurs).
* HBeamPiper mentioned in ''Four-Day Planet'' that most people in the Terro-Human Future History universe believe (incorrectly) that horses are extinct. The narrator mentions having seen "so-called Westerns with the cowboys riding Freyan ''oukry''."
* The Weber/Ringo collaboration that is the ''Literature/PrinceRoger'' series has a species referred to variously as 'flar'ta' and 'pagee', described as a hexapedal triceratops, almost. They are herbivorous, and mostly placid, although there is a related species ('flar'ke' or 'pagithar') which is far more aggressive (the analogy drawn is to Cape buffalo). The flar'ta fills much the same role as an elephant- pack animal, mount and occasionally war beast. There are also the ''civan'' that are used as cavalry mounts. They are described as horse-ostriches, and are two-legged, omnivorous, scaly and have a vicious streak about two miles wide.
* OlderThanFeudalism: In ''Literature/TrueHistory'' by Lucian, the king of the Moon rides on a vultuplant merged with a horse, and you'll get the idea).
* Aahz of the ''MythAdventures'' series is too squat-bodied to comfortably ride a horse, so when he participates in a ritual hunt as security, he's given a hiphippohippus (similar to a skinny rhino) as a mount.
** The rider for one of the opposing teams in Jahk's Big Game was mounted on an armored hump-shaped creature with thousands of very tiny legs underneath, and no evident head or sense organs.
* In ''[[GarrettPI Petty Pewter Gods]]'', the Shayir pantheon's original believers were the Ox-Riders of Gritn. As their culture is long extinct, it's unclear if anyone in Garrett's world still rides oxen.
* It's not clear what the "horses" in ''Literature/TheCarpetPeople'' by Creator/TerryPratchett actually ''are'', but given that they have compound eyes that change colour when they're frightened, and are ridden by people to whom [[MouseWorld a matchstick is an unending wall of wood]], they [[CallASmeerpARabbit certainly aren't horses]].
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''DungeonsAndDragons''' Eberron campaign setting, the Kingdom of Breland is famous for their bear cavalry. As a certain image macro says: "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BearCavalry.jpg Bear Cavalry: Yeah, you're pretty much fucked.]]"
** Unless you have [[MemeticMutation Cat Snipers]].
** Or are a halfling, in which case you ride freaking ''dinosaurs''.
** The standard steed in the '"DarkSun'' setting, a kank, is a giant beetle.
** Riding dogs (read: big, working breeds) are a very common mount for Small characters.
** D&D has several entries under every category of this trope, so it's worth pointing out that you can ride essentially anything in this game under the right circumstances, including a gelatinous cube.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has tons of these: cyber-horses, boars, cyber-boars, giant lizards, daemons that look like weird worms, daemons that look like metal rhinos...
** In addition, the chief source of meat in the Imperium is the Grox, a large, rather ill-tempered lizard-like creature.
** As usual it's overshadowed in the [[RuleofCool sheer awesome]] department by its sci-fi brother, but TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy also has a variety of fantasy mounts, including wolves, boars, and giant spiders (pony-size).
* In the furry RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'', since horses are a [[FurryConfusion playable race]], they have a variety of domesticated dinosaur-like reptiles. The ones intended for riding are named after varieties of horse, i.e. palfries look like struthiomimuses while destriers are more like utahraptors.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''AgeOfWonders'' most mounted units ride horses or wolves, but the Lizardmen are the most unusal ride giant frogs. There are also specialized units which ride giant eagles, wyverns, giant moles, and giant beetles.
* Before she became an expert {{Miko}} and learned to fly on her own, [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Reimu Hakurei]] used to mount an intelligent, talking, flying turtle named Genji.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has all three:
** Noishe, the party's overworld mount, is a giant white green dog with massive ears. Who's deathly afraid of monsters. And in one of the skits is speculated to be an ancient ever evolving creature.
** Some enemies are seen to ride oversized raptors called "Velocidragons".
** Actual dragons are sometimes trained as mounts, and the party even rides them at one point.
* Flynn from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' uses a horse-like monster with reptilian traits as a steed in one scene.
** The same variety of monster is also seen being used to tow merchant caravans in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''.
* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}'' game, there was promotional material as well as [[http://comenzarjuego.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/grandia-1.jpga small cameoZrt'' [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=383 tried]] to ride a ''platypus'' for fun.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' allows the use of Pokémon such as Gogoat and Rhyhorn as steeds.
* In the multiplayer mode of ''RedDeadRedemption'', the player can unlock mounts other than horses and donkeys, including a bull, a zebra, and the American bison. In the ''Undead Nightmare'' DLC, you can ride the Four Horses of the Apocalypse (only one at a time, though).
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a different basic mount for each race, plus a couple extra for some classes, plus various flying mounts, plus constant new additions and a variety of limited edition ones. Wolves, dinosaurs, giant bats, giant lizards, ostriches, dragons, big cats, sheep, pretty much all bases are covered somewhere.
* ''Rift'' has a similarly eclectic line-up, including everything from ordinary horses to monitor lizards, {{Mechanical Horse}}s, [[NuttySquirrel giant squirrels]], a creature resembling a huge floating blue glaucus, and a sort of [[MixAndMatchCritters hybrid of antelope and oviraptor]].
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* ''{{Drowtales}}'' has Dawmere/Unicorn, horse-like animals, that have cloven feet and short fat horns on their head, they are more akin to donkeys or mountain goats then horses. Real horses exist, but are rarely if ever used by the titular Drow, as they are unsuited for underground conditions.
* ''{{Erfworld}}'' is home to a broad variety of mounts, including spidews, dwagons, gwiffons, unipegataurs, megalogwiffs, tankeroos (kangaroo-formed cloth golems), elephant-formed cloth golems, and a glass golem which appears to actually be in the form of a horse.
* ''{{Megatokyo}}'' gives us the Rent-A-Zilla whom [[spoiler: Yuki Sonoda takes to riding once her MagicalGirl abilities really start to kick in.]] Largo has made use of them in this way, too.
* {{Doodze}} features a [[http://seguemediagroup.com/doodze/?p=942 squirrel.]] (Not a giant squirrel. Doodzes are tiny.)
* ''{{Uncreation}}'' features the centitrains, which are giant centipedes that (unsurprisingly) function as trains. They even have the ability to seperate like train carriages - by ''ripping themselves in half'' and then regenerating a new head out of the wound.
* Being based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' likes this trope quite a bit. Belkar's wiener dog, Hinjo's dire wolf Argent, Xykon's zombie silver dragon, Lien's shark Razor, and Redcloak's summoned fiendish mammoth all get play during the Battle of Azure City alone. The demon roaches even [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0451.html lampshade it]] when riding a raccoon.
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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Both ordinary horses and horses of a different color can be found in the land of Ooo, among them a a yellow lemon camel ridden by the manic and over-reacting lemon person, Lemongrab.
** The topper is an ordinary horse being ridden by a creature that is a cross between a rainbow and a unicorn. (Who is usually herself ridden.)
*** And then, of course, there's [[MemeticBadass James Baxter]].
* Buggalo (giant ladybugs) in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' are the equivalent of cows.
** And only those who ride Buggalo may have Buggalo. And [[FantasyCounterpartCulture that's]] [[MagicalNativeAmerican us]].
** And when driving Buggalo, you ride a giant tarantula. Farnsworth will have you know that it's not a giant ant:
---> '''Farnsworth''': [[YouFailBiologyForever Its not a magic bug you idiot, its a magic arachnid!]] [[BerserkButton See, count the legs, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'': He-man's typical transportation is Battlecat, a giant tiger.
* In ''Frozen'' Sven the Reindeer fulfills this trope.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had the girls invaded by giant broccoli aliens after they spiked the town's broccoli supply with MindControl spores that left all the adults incapacitated, leaving the girls and the kids to confront the green threat. As part of their vegetable motif, the broccoli king rides a carrot-shaped mount.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Azula and friends]]'' riding giant basilisk lizards, complete with a scene where they run across the surface of water.[[note]]Yes, basilisk lizards can actually do that in real life[[/note]]
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* People have tamed zebras and managed to ride them before, but it is more impractical than horses because of their temperament and because zebras have less speed and endurance than horses. Zorses (zebra-horse hybrids) are somewhat more practical as mounts.
* Reindeer [[EskimosArentReal (yes they exist)]] are the only deer that can be said to be domesticated. They can be ridden or trained to pull carriages.
* Yaks.
* Oxen are ridden occasionally.
* Donkeys of course.
** Mules and hinnies each technically fulfill half of this trope.
** It's often ignored that horses were in fact not known in the Fertile Crescent at the time the first civilizations arose there, and donkeys were the only equivalent found for a long time in their native Egypt. Some also believe that the ancient Sumerians experimented with onager-led chariots before horses became available.
* Asian elephants have been used as mounts for thousands of years, although more as beasts of burden than long-range transport. African elephants are far less manageable, although some individual animals will allow a familiar human keeper to ride them.
* Camels, for both one-humped dromedaries and two-humped Bactrian species. Subverted with their llama cousins, who aren't strong enough to carry a grown human and seldom tolerate much close contact with people but can be used as pack animals. The even smaller and daintier alpacas are an even worse choice for a mount though they are less bad tempered than llamas.
* While nobody was around to ride them at the time, Nature took a shot at duplicating the modern horse with the Notohippidae, an extinct family of notoungulates from Eocene and Oligocene South America. With grazing teeth, long faces, and a roughly equine build suitable for running, they resembled true horses via convergent evolution and existed simultaneously with ''Mesohippus'' and other proto-horse genera, but were only distantly related to true horses.
* Here are some examples: http://www.messybeast.com/history/working3.htm
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