I recently acquired Frost after:

Successfully persuading Louis Letrush at the end of Promises to Keep.

This is my first horse, and it got me wondering about what exactly the benefits are to keeping a horse around?

I read here that horses are indeed faster than walking, and can be ridden to avoid being overencumbered. But what other benefits are there to having a horse?

Will they help me fight enemies? If so, how do they compare to myself and/or my companion (in this case Lydia)? Can they be sold for gold? If their only use is faster travel, can the be stored anywhere to stop them from dying?

What are the benefits of having a horse?

  • I was going to VTC opinion based but maybe there is an objectiveness to this. I still lean towards it being an opinion as to their benefits. (Some may say it's faster than walking which is a benefit, I'd argue fast travel is more cost effective.)
    – n_plum
    Jul 10 '17 at 16:50
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    There's a joke here somewhere about climbing mountains, someone will find it.
    – BlueBarren
    Jul 10 '17 at 17:00
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    @BlueBarren The linked answer already found it Jul 10 '17 at 17:01
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    It's a reliable way to fill my lesser soul gems.
    – Nelson
    Jul 11 '17 at 4:59
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    For vanilla Skyrim there are no benefits that aren't already mentioned in the question and linked question.
    – Tas
    Jul 11 '17 at 5:15

Your linked answer has almost all of the benefits, but it is missing one that I recently discovered.

If you dismount the horse while in deep water, and re-mount, your horse can run across the water at full speed.

It's great for crossing large bodies of water. There is simply no other way to get this kind of speed.


Because of the way Skyrim physics works, horses are able to climb mountains like they're nothing, which makes travelling much easier. However, other than that, they provide little benefit. You cannot sell them, your companion can't ride them, and they're not useful in battle either.

  • Oh and they suck in battle and can't be sold, and Lydia is to stupid to know how a horse even works nvm how to ride it. Jul 12 '17 at 1:04

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