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I read that if you're riding your horse around, random events/encounters either do not happen or certain types never happen (or events happen less).

Is this true? Or is it the exact same as walking around?

Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/skyrim/comments/mirsj/i_have_but_1_complaint_after_40_hours_of_playing/c318vv5

You are immune to the random encounters on the roads like thugs/bandits stopping you

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I don't use my horse all that often but when I have I've had random events happen. IE and assassin tries to kill me or I find a group of thieves waiting to ambush me.

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Correct, random events still happen. –  ohmi Dec 3 '11 at 21:08
    
However, triggered events, such as a thief actually waiting for you or you trying to enter Winterhold are indeed skipped, which is annoying but harmless, so far. –  ohmi Dec 5 '11 at 4:28
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