A phrase, used by video gamers, meaning "useless purchase". Derived from "Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion", where decorative horse armor can be purchased for $5.00 online.
Why the hell would you buy that horse armor? Why do you need it?
The first downloadable content available for the Xbox 360 game Oblivion
. Upon its release, there was an uproar in the gaming community due to its nearly useless feature set and and relatively high price tag ($2.50 US). Since then, the term horse armor has been used to describe video game features that are useless or overpriced.
Can you believe they're charging $10 extra for the horse armor in Madden 07: Hall of Fame Edition?
It seems like every year video game developers expect us pay $50 for a sequel and all they've added is some horse armor.
Horse armor is the peculiar sense/emotion of preparing oneself for bestiality (see: anal penetration of a horse or hideous woman).
Mr. Hands should have remembered his horse armor: instead, he received a perforated colon.