No one else is using the big Belgian Draft horse, and as it turns out, that’s because it kind of sucks.
Hayseed’s stats are lower than those of most other horses. His long-term stamina is garbage, he has a definite curve to his turns, and in a straight sprint down a path he will lose to most race-horses. Hayseed has one advantage, and it’s a potent one: He is so large that I can use him as a brick wall.
In races, I often score top three by using Hayseed as a physical barrier. Nimble steeds with slender frames smash into Hayseed as I continue on at my relaxed pace. When players are forced into choke points and all of the horses are jostling, Hayseed is the shore upon which the weak, cowardly waves break. One time, a guy openly scoffed in voice chat: “Who brings a Belgian into a race?” I do. I knocked that guy over a fence with Hayseed’s mighty haunches.
Not only does he work as a barrier, but I utilize Hayseed as a weapon of war.
I asked my friends to comment on this article, and they kept their thoughts brief. Matt simply wrote, “Hayseed is not a friend. He is a sin.”
Sometimes Jake, our posse leader, will disconnect, disbanding our posse and enabling friendly fire. Cass' shrill cackle chills my blood, as I know I have mere seconds to find shelter before Hayseed's instinct to feel bones crunch beneath his colossal hooves turns him on me.— Matt Prestwich (@mattprestwich) March 1, 2019
I was helping Cass with a treasure map up north. We were both frustrated, and I decided to sit down next to a waterfall and take a nice, serene picture. Literally seconds after this picture was taken, Cass came roaring in on Hayseed and knocked me off the waterfall to my death. pic.twitter.com/xYxrE3Z890— Matt Prestwich (@mattprestwich) February 28, 2019
Our posse was sneaking up on a gang hideout on a box canyon, and I was in a good sniping position overlooking. Looking down my scope, I suddenly saw Hayseed coming at me, Cass having dismissed him to safety. He knocked me into the canyon where I was then shot to death by bandits.— Matt Prestwich (@mattprestwich) February 28, 2019
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