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.[1] They have narrow, beautiful heads. Some sand steed colors are red, golden, black and pale as snow.[2]

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.[2][3]

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.[4]


In his youth, Ser Glendon Flowers worked in the stable of the Pussywillows. He would occasionally sneak off to ride the patrons' horses, including Dornish sand steeds.[5]

Recent Events

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.[2]

A Feast for Crows

Nymeria Sand rides a golden sand steed to meet her uncle, Prince Doran Martell, en route from the Water Gardens to Sunspear.[6] Tyene Sand works on an embroidery of Oberyn armored in red atop a sand steed.[6]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

Princess Arianne Martell and her party leave Sunspear on top of Dornish sand steeds.[7]