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"Not me, I'm no weakling. In fact, I bet I've got the strongest arms in all of Skyrim."
―Hofgrir Horse-Crusher[src]


Hofgrir Horse-Crusher is a Nord and the owner of the Riften Stables, just outside of Riften.


Hofgrir Horse-Crusher got his nickname by crushing a colt's spine while riding drunk, and as a result, he hasn't ridden a horse since. He also teaches an apprentice, Shadr, and believes that walls of towns are just "a weakling's hiding spot." He likes to boast that he has "the strongest arms in all of Skyrim," which can start a brawl if the player challenges him on this fact.


Caught Red HandedEdit

Hofgrir has a Mark of Dibella given to him by Haelga in exchange for an "intimate favor." Get it from him in as part of completing Svana Far-Shield's favor.

Test of muscleEdit

The Dragonborn can accept his challenge and brawl with him on a 100 GoldIcon bet. Winning the brawl, and therefore the bet, will make the horses and items inside the stables free to take.

Rescue MissionEdit

He is a potential target for kidnappers in "Rescue Mission," a radiant quest for the Companions.


He sells horses for 1,000 GoldIcon each.


  • "Too lazy to walk, eh? Well, you've found the right place."
  • "Got horses that need shoeing, so make it quick."
  • "Ah, I'm not afraid of anything. Walls are just a weakling's hiding spot. Now me, I'm no weakling. In fact, I bet I've got the strongest arms in all of Skyrim." —When asked "Is it dangerous living outside the walls?"


This section contains bugs related to Hofgrir Horse-Crusher. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • Brawling with him and losing due to backing away may cause the player's gold to become inaccessible.
  • If one does not have enough gold to brawl with him and tries to anyway, the brawl dialogue will disappear permanently.
  • If near the horses while brawling with him and a horse kicks him it may be seen as an assault and cause anyone nearby to become hostile and the player will get a 40 gold bounty added.
  • Sometimes when brawling with him, he may draw his weapon for no apparent reason and the brawl will turn deadly. If that happens a player may kill him without incurring any bounty.
  •  360   When doing "Caught Red Handed," the persuasion option does not work, even if the Speech skill is 100, though the intimidation and bribe options still work.


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