I purchased a horse in Skyrim, and he simply refuses to wait for me. At first I thought it was because I was near a city. But even in the wildest part of Tamriel, it still trots away whenever I stop riding him. I tried with another horse, same thing. They basically act like wild horses when I gave hardly and honestly (kinda) gained money for them. It's not due to any mods, I started a game without any and still the same thing.

So yeah... Any idea how to fix that bug?

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    Are you sure you mounted the right horse? That's the behavior of stolen horses.
    – kotekzot
    Apr 19, 2013 at 8:50
  • Yeah it is the right horse, no doubt on that.
    – Rufilla
    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:01
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    Since Patch 1.6, any horse you have bought that gets killed will eventually respawn and head back to the stables. A respawned horse can be mounted and ridden, but will start to walk towards its stables as soon as you dismount. You can still buy new horses even though the respawned ones are at the stables. It is possible to have multiple respawned horses at the same stable. This makes it difficult to identify your newest horse that hasn't died yet. uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Horses#Bugs
    – user28015
    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:26
  • Nope. Not that. The going back to the stable thing started as soon as I got my first horse. And when I buy a new one I get the same problem before the horse even get a chance to be killed off as well. So it can't be a respawning problem.
    – Rufilla
    Apr 19, 2013 at 11:18
  • Follow it for a bit. I seem to remember mine trotting off on me whenever I dismounted, but it would always stop after a short little walk. I don't know if this is what's happening, but that is just what I remember.
    – Ravekner
    Apr 20, 2013 at 3:46

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Sadly, you cannot get horses to wait. But, you can go to Katla's farm, pick her wheat and sell it back to her. You will then be able to take the horses from her stable for free. These horses will NOT be owned by the player and will walk back to their home (Katla's farm) when you dismount.

Take one, (for free), kill that horse, (being the one that follows you), then no horse will follow you.

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