A new dev diary regarding Albion Online's mounts reveals that the beasts will be strictly for transportation only.
"The player is unable to fight, gather or interact with any buildings while on horseback. Mounts will provide a number of buffs to the character, which are effective immediately when they mount, and deactivate when they dismount," the team posted.
While mounts won't be trampling over enemy's corpses, they will come in armored versions that can shrug off more damage if a player is attacked. Mounts are not only represented by horses, but oxen as well, with the latter being more suited to transporting goods over long distances.
You can see a quick video of Albion's mounts in action after the break!
[Thanks to Dengar for the tip!]