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In the "Midgard Heroes Handbook" from the Kobold Press, there is a playable character race, the Centaur (not to be confused with the somewhat different Centaur published in Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica & Mythic Odysseys of Theros !). Their size is rather unique - a Medium/Large hybrid, so to speak :

Size. Centaurs stand between 8 and 9 feet tall and weigh in excess of 1,000 pounds. Your size is Large.

Humanoid Torso. Although you are Large, you wield weapons and wear armor sized for a Medium creature, thanks to the proportions of your humanoid torso.

It is clear to me that, as a creature with a Large, equine lower part, a Midgard Centaur can be ridden by a Medium creature (provided they're wearing a saddle), but as a creature with a Medium, humanoid upper part, they cannot wield oversized weaponry.

But what about grappling and shoving ? Are they considered Large, or Medium for such things ? I can see an argument for either interpretation - since they're of Large category, but have Medium sized hands...

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Does my answer solve your problem? \$\endgroup\$ – Thomas Markov Sep 23 at 10:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ThomasMarkov Yes ! \$\endgroup\$ – Gael L Sep 23 at 15:15
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Your size is large.

You are considered medium only for the things mentioned in the feature description and large for everything else. Hand size isn’t much of a concern for shoving or grappling when you weigh 1000+ pounds.

While this Q&A is about 3.5e, it does establish something of an in-universe precedent for a horse being able to grapple, so I imagine a centaur should have no trouble grappling at least better than a large horse.

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