The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Horses for Followers
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Feb 24, 2012 @ 11:18pm
Nov 2, 2015 @ 2:41pm
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Horses for Followers

Followers & hirelings can ride horses instead of running behind. You can buy them from any of the city stables. Just mount your own horse and your companion will mount theirs. The followers horse will track the player's horse to prevent them from getting lost. A dedicated Horse Call mod (players horse) is recommended. However one is being developed. NOTE! Version 2.0. had some scripts missing. Sorry about that! Corrected since version 3.5+

Horses For Followers is now a standalone mod. Better Follower Improvements is no longer needed. Also Followers now very responsive and will mount / dismount their steeds within 2 seconds. Note: Any faster will take unnecessary resources from the game and make the followers dismount robotically.

HOTFIX: 4.0.2: Only available at the Nexus site. Plugin Only.
Version 4.0.1 Rev 12
Added message box popup to let users know how to fix the menu bug provided in vers 4.0.0
Version 4.0.0 Rev 11

The bug that caused the Bill of Sale Menu to not show has a solution which is in this update. It only affected users who upgraded to 3.9.0. This bug does not affect new users or those who re-installed over a cleaned save.

This is what to do when the update is installed :-
Go to the stable where you bought the follower-horse. Don't go to the wrong stable because it won't work properly.
Speak to the Ostler and select topic "I need a new Bill of Sale".
The old Bill of Sale will be removed, and a new one will be given to you. This will reset the attached script.
Read Bill of Sale to tactivate the menu.

NOTE: This will not work if -
1) you don't have a Bill of Sale in your inventory.
2) Your follower's horse is not from this stable or is dead.
3) Followers Horse came from Riften, where there are no Ostler topics (see known issues)
4) The original Windhelm Ostler has been replaced.
If so, then your only option is to re-install the mod over a cleaned save.

Last update
i)BUG FIX: When a quest replaces your current follower with a temporary team mate, the follower is now dismissed properly.
i) Hirelings will have new topics (previously hotfixed)
ii) Horse Management Utility (Bill of Sale): Menu less cluttered
iii) Expanded Player as Follower: Destinations can be preferred path or not. A little disappointed because in Oblivion this meant cross country riding, but this is not so in Skyrim.

Allows a current vanilla follower to mount their horses. Follower horses have been added to stables (Whiterun, Windhelm, Solitude, Marakath and Riften).

The horse can be owned by the “current Follower, player or hireling factions”, not an individual follower. This means that even if you change followers, don't buy a new horse.

Followers horses are set to bolt during combat, and then return after combat, thus greatly increasing survivability. Dead follower horses will eventually replaced at original stable to buy.

Horse will follow the players unridden horse. To take advantage of this, A Horse Call feature is being developed. You can safely test this feature now via the Bill of Sale utility. Don't worry, It will be converted into a magic spell when ready.

Follower As leader. Set Followers destination via the followers topics. When the follow starts to lead (may take a short while) follow (or race) your follower. 1) Dismount to go back to normal. 2) Draw a weapon to make the follower "temporarily" follow again.

Important: BETTER FOLLOWER IMPROVEMENTS plugin is now part of this mod's plugin. If you have an earlier version less than 2.0.0, make a partially clean save (a save with both plugins unselected in the mod switcher) before using this version. Unsubscribe from Better Follower Improvements and delete it's plugin. Then re-select Horses for Followers and load the clean save.

Known Issues
a) If you sell a player horse, the old horse may not return to its stables. [Workaround until fixed] mount old horse once more, then new horse.
b) Horse Utility (Bill of Sale) Menu will not appear when followers have been replaced by temporary companions.
c) FAST TRAVEL: If a follower is dismounted and player fast travels to an "enclosed" city, their horse will teleport.
[workaround] make sure follower is mounted before fast travel.
d) Fast travelled to Dragonreach but where's my follower? Follower is inside Whiterun's main gate. [solution] None, Just enter Dragon reach, and the follower will catch up.
e) [Reminder] Riften ostler has no topics as it was removed due to an incorrect understanding of what turned out to be a Bethesda's Dialogue bug which they have fixed. Use Ledger until added back.

1) FAST TRAVEL: If player fast travels to an "walled" city, while follower is dismounted, their horse will teleport. Best result is when both horses are mounted.
2) Fast Travel to Dragonreach. Follower spawns at main gate instead.
3) Reminder: Riften ostler has no topics to sell a followers horse. It was removed due to an incorrect understanding of a formaer Dialogue bug caused by Skyrim updates. Use Ledger until added back.
4) The Follower's horse old will not return to stables if you buy another follower's horse. [Solution] Sell old one using Bill of Sale functions.
5) The follower & their horse will now fast travel with the player. However, there are restrictions:
- Player & follower should be both be mounted for best results.
6) If, for some reason, you have more than one followers horse, all horses will teleport with you. [Solution] Sell one of the other horses via the Bill of Sale.
7) Fast travel to enclosed citys such as Whiterun. Problem resolved (see 1).
Q1: My follower will not ride the horse I just bought for them. Why not?
A1: Use the Bill of Sale to select another owning faction. Current Follower Faction is the most reliable but blocks player activation.

A2: This mod only references vanilla NPCs. If you have follower mod, see below.

A3: Possibly, a currently active quest will occasionally override the follower.

A4: Another mod could be conflicting with this one. If so, try switching the load order so this mod loads later.

Q2: My follower is from another mod, will he/she be able to ride these horses?
A1: The follower needs AI that includes Current Follower Faction and Global follower count as conditions. They should be dynamically added/removed via script to/from the Current Followers Faction. Also increase/decrease global follower count.

Q3: The Ostler at Windhelm is dead, and the backup ostler will only sell the player horse. What’s wrong?
A: This should be fixed by the SEQ file, but still need to test. As a workaround, activate the Ledger provided at the stables. Not to be confused with the forgery ledger :)
Agreement (copied)
By downloading and installing this plug-in you agree to the following:
1) Do not sell any of the contents. Mods should be free and remain free.
2) If you use scripts or solutions from this mod, please acknowledge the original author.
3) Do not redistribute this mod in whole or in part without permission from the author.
4) If you wish to make a special version for the non-english language versions of Skyrim, feel free to do so
However, please credit the original author and use the similar title that makes sense in your language.
Popular Discussions View All (1)
Jan 23, 2017 @ 2:29am
Horses for followers SEQ file notification
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Alvin Jan 28 @ 5:28am 
Why my companion didn't ride her horse? My companion is Aela, I have changed the fraction, still didn't work. Please fix this mod. This mod is great for playing without fast travel. Anyone else has the issue with Aela as well? Let me know.
Gwengandalf Dec 30, 2017 @ 5:14am 
did as above said ...then game becane 2D couldnt move camera and a totally different set of instructions came up which I could do nothing bout due to current issue ,have advanced followers and t was uncheked in data files...guess Ill have too deal with mounts by not having 1000 gold wolve feed.
Deine Mutter Dec 16, 2017 @ 10:28am 
fuck you nigagh
Magister Ludi II Dec 4, 2017 @ 8:52pm 
Do I have to buy a horse for my self to get a horse for my follower? I ask because I aquired Frost before getting a follower for my horse and don't want to lose my current horse.
Industrial Besiege Force Nov 3, 2017 @ 12:45pm 
does it work with follower lite
[NNF ❖| ACE] Silvonia Oct 1, 2017 @ 10:25pm 
My vanilla horse, with this mod, keeps going from being my owned horse to periodically becoming a stolen horse... that happens with and without a companion. Just a bug report. Until then, unsub so it doesnt interfere with my travels and my coin. Good luck fixing it c:
Marvolo19 Sep 21, 2017 @ 11:55am 
Having to unsubscribe. Bought a horse for a companion (Aela, i.e. a Vanilla follower) and was able to go through the Bill of Sale menu. Unfortunately if I mounted my horse (with the follower horse nearby) Aela never mounted her horse, and the companion horse disappeared. It reappeared if I fast-traveled back to the stable, but again if I mounted my horse then it disappeared.
If I switched the companion horse to my ownership and mounted up, then Aela still didn't ride my horse.
Fast-traveled to a new location with the companion horse reassigned to follower and the companion horse did not follow, but my horse headed down the road, presumably headed for Whiterun stables instead of staying where I left it.

Not workable for me, but I thought you might want a quick bug report.
~Gaming-Artist~ Aug 19, 2017 @ 7:09am 
I have bought 4 horses, i've made so that the mod loads after the bigger mods, but Lydia still won't ride any of the horses. I mount my horse ( from a mod ), and no matter how far i ride away from her, Lydia just continues to run after me instead of getting on any of the horses i bought. Why is that?
Cowminhoneiro Jul 6, 2017 @ 8:13pm 
Serana cant ride? :c
сука Dimitri Jun 18, 2017 @ 5:05pm 
well i readed that 9 messages but i can only buy horses for myself?