I've found a horse in Skryim and I ride it a bit to explore the wild but when I dismount, it wanders away and doesn't stay where I leave it. How do I stop it from doing this? Is there a special thing I forgot about horses? I didn't steal this horse - it was from an Imperial Fort that I've cleared.

  • Horses you find in that manner tend to try and return to where you found them,and usually get killed making the trek back. You can test this yourself next time you find one,ride it a very short distance,dismount and watch : )
    – 2 SCooPS
    Commented Dec 21, 2011 at 2:25
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    Blow in his ear, he'll follow you anywhere. Commented Dec 21, 2011 at 2:46
  • Did you try equipping a carrot? Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 21:14

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You will need to actually buy a horse for 1000G or earn one through a quest, wild or stolen horses will usually end up back where they started. Once you own a horse they will not necessarily follow behind you though either.

The horse you own will always wait for you outside towns etc. at the local stables. They will also be waiting somewhere nearby when you spawn after a fast-travel. So if you lose your horse in the wild the quickest and easiest way to get him back is to fast-travel somewhere (if the horse is still alive).


Only a horse that you own will follow you. This means either purchasing one from a stable for 1000g or earning one via a quest reward such as the dark brotherhood's Shadowmare.

Wild and stolen horses don't follow you.


If you are on the PC version, you can open the console, click on the horse, and type "setownership".

  • setownership doesn't work with found horses(((
    – user58224
    Commented Oct 26, 2013 at 1:41

I have actually found a horse in the wild and if you get off hit it once then get back on it will stay where ever you get off it. It will obey you!

Hope this helps

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