Item in Question
The Horseshoes of Flame (Savage Species, page 57) state:
An ordinary horse wearing these horseshoes may transform up to three times per day, for up to 7 hours each time, into a creature resembling a nightmare.
This is either an oversight, like many other oversights in Savage Species, or is on purpose.
Creature in Question
As we know of 3rd Edition, a minotaur looks like this:
It has hooves, but only has two. The text of the magic item explicitly states horse - not "animal" or any other creature.
Looking at the stats boost (+2 Dex, +10 Int, +6 Charisma), I am rather hesitant to tell my player "go for it" whenever deep down I am thinking, "oh hell no."
- Can a minotaur in fact wear and benefit from the Horseshoes of Flame?
- Would the minotaur require a Use Magic Device to activate them?
- Does the magic item require the wearer to actually be a horse?
- Does "creature resembling a nightmare" keep the general shape of original creature; nightmarish minotaur - or an actual nightmare?