BDO Courser Skills are 7 horse skills required in order to create a Dream Horse, but there are other benefits of obtaining a Courser.


Courser Benefits:

  • roughly 3 to 4 times more Horse Market sell value than a normal horse
  • potentially earn more horse skills from breeding.
  • start the T8 Awakening to obtain a Dream Horse

Coursers have a gold horse head icon inside the horse info window.

BDO Courser at the Horse Market

BDO Courser Skills are required in order to start T8 horse awakening.


T8 Courser Skills:

  • Charge
  • Sprint
  • Drift
  • Instant Accel
  • Sideways
  • S:Instant Accel
  • S:Sideways

Each horse tier has their own requirement for Courser. The more tiers your horse has, the more skills are required.

Courser Skill Requirements by Tier

Tier Required Horse Skills for Courser
1 & 2 BDO Horse Skill Charge
3 & 4 BDO Horse Skill ChargeBDO Horse Skill Drift
Charge / Drift
5 & 6 BDO Horse Skill ChargeBDO Horse Skill DriftBDO Horse Skill Sprint
Charge / Drift / Sprint
7 BDO Horse Skill ChargeBDO Horse Skill DriftBDO Horse Skill SprintBDO Horse Skill Instant AccelBDO Horse Skill Sideways
Charge / Drift / Sprint / Instant Accel / Sideways
8 BDO Horse Skill ChargeBDO Horse Skill DriftBDO Horse Skill SprintBDO Horse Skill Instant AccelBDO Horse Skill SidewaysBDO Horse Skill S: Instant AccelBDO Horse Skill S: Sideways
Charge / Drift / Sprint / Instant Accel / Sideways / S:Instant Accel / S:Sideways


To view a detailed list of horse skill info, visit our BDO Horse Tiers, Skills, & Stats List.

T8 Horse Comparison

  • Recommended T8 coats for well-rounded stats are the 8A, 8B and 8D.
  • 8E has the best Speed, but also usually the worst Brake.
  • 8C excels at Brake, but looses in Speed.

Base Stats for Tier 8 horses are shown below:


Horse Coat Code Speed
LT HP Stam
T8B 128.5% 125.5% 90 1613 3290
T8C 128.8% 136.0% 135 1620 3361
T8D 130.0% 124.0% 135 1651 3409
T8A 131.5% 122.5% 90 1783 3296
T8E 136.0% 112.0% 135 1675 3441


Horse Skill Gain Chances for T8

Thank you to for the data values.

Also big thanks for a spreadsheet posted by Wolfy in Discord: view source spreadsheet


Horse Coat
w/ codex link
T8A 0 4 5
T8B 2 4 3
T8C 0 0 8
T8D 5 3 1
T8E 0 8 0



** Courser Skills

Horse Breeding with Coursers

When you breed two Coursers, you get a foal with 2 horse skills. If just one parent is a Courser, you only have a 50% chance of getting two skills.

Starting with 2 skills is a benefit because it increases your chances of obtaining an above normal amount of skills. Many low Tier horses struggle with learning 2 skills.

NOTE: performing Horse Exchange, instead of normal Horse Breeding of coursers produces foals with only one skill.


Courser Training with Forechop Method

In oder to start your goal in obtaining a Dream Horse, you will need a Courser with those 7 specific skills.

But how can you be sure to get the skills you need?

The “Forechop Method” is one way trainers have attempted to secure a courser. This method claims to increase the amount of skills a horse can obtain, thereby increasing the chances you will get the Courser skill set.


Forechop Method Step by Step

  1. Level your horse until it has the skills most easy for it to learn like Fore Chop, Hind Kick, and Quick Back
    1. usually occurs before horse reaches level 15
    2. look at the T8 table above, find your horse coat and the skills that have the highest chance to be learned
  2. Thereafter, use a Mount Skill Exchange Coupon on Fore Chop, each time your horse learns a new skill.
    1. Pearl Shop price for coupon is 250 Pearls for 1 or 2500 Pearls for 11 (Buy 10, get one free)
    2. Fore Chop will be replaced by a horse skill from your pool of unlearned skills. You don’t get to choose which skill you get.
    3. Increases your chance to learn the skill you want by a small amount… the amount may be extremely low. Look at the chart to see if it’s worth it to you. For example, S:Sideways has the lowest learn chance of all Courser Skills (0.225% for all Tier 8 horses)

As you can see, RNG can still work against you using this method.

For those on a tight budget, purchasing Skill Exchange Coupons from the Pearl Shop might not be an option.

Courser Training Part 2

So you spent hours leveling your horses and have obtained a beautiful Courser!


Now you move on to the next step in your journey of Dream Horse freedom! 🙂