Mounted combat is awsome!
I think MC is one of the most fun features in the whole game!!!!
After the update the rubberbanding is almost gone and I love it!
If you are having lag-issues, disable "frill distance" and, if needed distant imposters too.
As many people said already, it takes some practice to be able to handle your steed. It is also very important to realize that when you first get your steed it will not be so strong and a bit hard to control. My advice is to put all your first points in agility, no matter what steed you have. This will help you a lot with manoeuvring your steed. If you want to change how you spent your points later on you can do it at any time.
I know that some people I have talked to in game told me that they control their WS with W, A, S, D and some of them also clicking their skills with the mouse. Maybe some people in this thread do that too. IF YOU ARE DOING THIS, MC WILL BE VERY HARD AND NOT AS FUN AS IT CAN BE! I mean no disrespect but I would say that if you're doing this you have only experienced half of what mounted combat can be. I know this because I did this when I got my first WS. Then I read a few guides and after that I tried several different tactics.
I will try to describe what I found out worked best for me and how I did to learn it:
(And I know it's not revolutionary. A lot of people do this. I just thought it might be useful for some people maybe)
Again this will take some time to learn! BE PATIENT!!!
-Learn to control your steed with the mouse only! The big advantage with this is that camera pans with the way you turn. To turn, hold R mouse button. To increase speed, hold R+L mouse button. To go from i.e. Trot to Canter just tap R+L. Do NOT try to fight before you mastered this! (for now, tap S to slow down. We will change that later)
-Learn to ride in circles around your target mob. Don't attack just learn to do this in different speeds. If you're ranged, go in big circles, if not ranged, go slower and in smaller circles. Try to have the mob in sight as much as possible. Practice on the aurochs outside Harwick. If you are ranged and sometimes want to use your melee skill try to go in a 8 figure.
-Take some time and learn ALL your skills and WHAT THEY DO IN THE DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES/STANCES. Some of the skills work in conjunction with each other, with the WS-traits or with different legacies. Pay special attention to this. This is no different from normal fighting, you need to know your class. If you are using the same 1 or 2 skills all the time you are not using your steed to it's full potential.
-Now that you can control your steed with the mouse only, your other hand is free to: target mob, preform skills, change discipline and slow down your steed.
-Now assign all those different things mentioned to the keys you find convenient. The keys must off course be close to each other so you can reach them all.
-Now ride out and practice this. Start with low level mob and just preform 1 or 2 skills. When you mastered that, add a third skill and so on...
Again the aurochs outside Harwick is great to start with. Don't move on to harder mob until you can fully control your steed and it's speed, preform skills and change disciplines. All at once.
-THIS WILL TAKE SOME PRACTICE BUT IT IS WORTH IT!
-Do not use 'War-steed Auto-slowdown" (simply because this will lock up the hand that you need to preform skills etc)
-Do not use "spur on" Learn to fight instead! It's more challenging and more fun! =)
You can find a lot of good info here http://lotroplayers.mymiddleearth.co...ed-techniques/
Several good guides there! It used to be on warsteeds.com but that site is unfortunately closed. Thank you all who wrote those guides!!!