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I like the Dark Brotherhood horse because it is strong, fast, has a lot of hp, regenerates health fast, climbs mountains, and teleports with you when you fast travel.

Is there another horse in the game with similar attributes that I could get if I don't want to do the Dark Brotherhood quest line?

My boyfriend stole a regular horse once, but it died really fast so I've never bothered with regular horses.

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Afaik all horses are the same (except for skin). they can all climb mountains and travel with you if you fast travel – Holger Nov 22 '11 at 17:31
@Holger Thanks, I didn't know that – Rachel Nov 22 '11 at 17:33
My horse can tank and survive a dragon, but dies within a few hits from a bear. :/ – hitsuyashi Nov 22 '11 at 18:29
I read 'special forces' and now all I can think about is the Special Horses Special Forces. – Alex Jun 20 '14 at 15:55
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There is one - his name is Frost, and he belongs to Maven Black-Briar.

He is the only horse with a pedigree (his father is listed as Sleipnir, so take that as you will). If you hang around Riften, you will be approached by a guy who wants you to steal Frost for him. After doing so, you can decide to keep the horse by yourself (though you need to kill / intimidate the quest giver if you want to do that).

That said, he's a totally average horse otherwise. Barring console command chicanery, he's just the same as all the other non-essential horses.

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So.... he dies really fast? – Rachel Nov 22 '11 at 18:10
@Rachel No faster or slower than any Other horse. But to be definitive: only Shadowmere is superior to a horse you could grab at any stable near a city. – LessPop_MoreFizz Nov 22 '11 at 19:11

No, Frost is better than others but is worse than Shadowmere.

Here's a table with comparative:

and this one too:

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If you have Dawnguard DLC you can obtain a spell to summon Arvak, an undead horse. The spell will last until you dismount. You can cast the spell whenever you need a horse.

And of course Dragonborn DLC lets you ride dragons.

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