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Is there any difference between:

  1. Fast travel with no horse.

  2. Fast travel with a horse you are not currently on.

  3. Fast travel with a horse you are mounted on.

By difference, I mean in-game time that is consumed by the fast travel.

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This should be easy to test. Pick up 2 cities. Press tab and check the time, then fast travel to the second town. Check the time again. Mount a horse and then fast travel back to the first town. Check the time again and compare. –  André Cytryn Feb 15 '12 at 20:16
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Ha. I'd been wondering about this the entire time, and still haven't bothered to check. And now I know. –  brymck Feb 16 '12 at 6:25
    
Mind = blown................ –  loosebruce Feb 16 '12 at 16:56

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No, there is absolutely no difference, whether you're on foot, on a stolen horse, on a horse you own, or near a horse you own.

Tested by fast traveling between Riften stables and Markarth stables. the trip always took 26 hours and 5 minutes.

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Yes, but only in one very specific instance: you're over-encumbered. Otherwise, all forms of fast travel occur at the same speed.

http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Horses

http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Carriage#Fast_Travel

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That doesn't make it faster, that just makes it possible. –  bwarner Feb 15 '12 at 21:20
    
Wow, and that is a great reason for horses! –  Bill K Feb 16 '12 at 1:50
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Any form of fast travel is faster than no fast travel. –  Toast Feb 16 '12 at 7:19
    
but...how do you get up onto the horse when you're over-encumbered? –  Alex Feb 16 '12 at 8:10
    
Good one! Upvoted. –  kotekzot Feb 16 '12 at 10:06

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