Wild Horse taming is a feature in Skyrim that was only available as a Creation Club until its inclusion in Anniversary Edition and is regarded by many fans as one of the more immersive creations available.
When it comes to taming Wild Horses in Skyrim there are a few things to keep in mind: where each is located, what they look like, and the proper taming strategies. Once a wild horse is tamed, it will function just like any other horse and can even be renamed, saddled, or even given Horse Armor which is available as a separate Creation Club addon.
Types of Wild Horses in Skyrim
There are seven versions of Wild Horses in the Wild Horses creation, with an additional unique Unicorn available only through a specific questline. Some of these seven wild horses have a similar counterpart in the base Skyrim world, but each is of course found out in the wilderness rather than at a specific Stable. Each is labeled only as "Wild Horse" in-game, but nonetheless, each is distinct.
- Spotted Grey: Ashen grey body with a black mane. Found north of Salvius Farm in the hills above Markarth.
- Dappled Brown: Mix of Dark and Light brown with a light brown mane. Found south of Solitude near a Dragon Mound.
- Chestnut: Warm chestnut-brown body with a black mane. Found in the mountains east of Helgen.
- Red Horse: Sharp red body with a white mane. Found in Whiterun Hold just northeast of Whiterun itself.
- Spotted White: Dalmatian-like black and white spots with a dark mane. Found in Eastmarch Hold near Stony Creek Cave.
- Pale Mare: Off-white coat with a pure white mane. Found northeast of Windhelm near Yngol Barrow.
- Black Horse: Dark black coat with a medium-grey mane. Found northwest of Falkreath near Evergreen Grove.
- The Unicorn: Unique horse with a white body, blonde mane, and a horn on its head. The Creature of Legend quest starts by reading Soran's Journal in the College of Winterhold's Arcanaeum.
In-game, players are able to purchase horse maps from stablehands across Skyrim which help to pinpoint the location of each of these (although there isn't one available for the Unicorn as it is tied to a quest instead). In Survival mode some of these locations are hard to get to, so be sure to prepare for a long and cold hike in the hills.
How To Tame Wild Horses
Taming wild horses in Skyrim is much simpler than it is in real life. While it can take months or even years to win over a horse's obedience in real life, it takes mere minutes in Skyrim. Begin by locating a wild horse with either a purchased horse map or the text description of their locations in the horse taming book.
Then, when you're ready, walk up to the wild horse and mount it. The wild horse will attempt to buck the player off at regular intervals, ragdolling them and causing health damage if the fall was long enough. It's a good idea to take health-increasing potions beforehand to avoid any chance of dying from this. The horse will run away, forcing players to catch up and mount them again. After enough attempts, a notification will pop up indicating that the horse has been successfully tamed and can now be renamed, armored, or saddled as the player sees fit.
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