Speaking on the different types: the Arabian, Turbofan, and Missouri Fox Trotter breeds stand out as the most well-rounded and top-tier. There are three coat types in total, each with their own unique statistics: White, Black, and Rose Grey Bay.
SpeedAccelerationHandlingType66EliteSuperior Turbofan breed horses make up their lacking acceleration with solid speed, average handling, and a high Health pool. As a cross between War and Racing breeds, they're well worth owning for riders who want a trusty steed who can withstand damage without sacrificing speed.
SpeedAccelerationHandlingType65StandardRace / War Gold Turbofan: Sold at the Saint-Denis Stable during Chapter 4. The Missouri Fox Trotter balances the best base speed of all the horse breeds with solid Health and high Stamina.
As a mix between the Race and Work breeds, the Missouri Fox Trotter comes highly recommended for those who want all the perks and benefits of a fast riding horse with resilient Stamina. Like the Turbofan breed, all the Missouri Fox Trotter coats have the same exact stats, which are reflected below along with a brief breakdown of where you can purchase them and when.
SpeedAccelerationHandlingType75StandardRace / Work Amber Champagne: Sold at Scarlett Meadows Stable during Chapter 4. There are a lot of different breeds in the game, so finding the best possible horse is a fun, but money and time-consuming, activity.
Not counting purchasing them in Stables, it's possible to steal them or catch wild ones that can be found roaming all over the map. Stealing horses is not really advisable, as you also need to “take care of” any witnesses to prevent getting reported to the law and increasing your bounty.
So if you don't have much money, catching wild horses is the way to go if you're looking for a better steed to accompany you through the game. The regular breeds can be encountered in multiple locations, but there are areas where the spawn rate is higher and so it's easier to come across them.
Catching and taming wild horses in rather straightforward in Red Dead Redemption 2. The Wild American Standard bred can be found more often in an area to the north of Valley View, right by the river.
The Wild Appaloosa is usually found to the west of Donner Falls, which are located to the north of the Bacchus Bridge. The Appaloosa is actually a very good horse race in Red Dead Redemption 2, so you may want to bond with one to increase its stats and get yourself a very trusty steed.
Specifically, this wild horse breed spawns more often in an open area to the southeast of Fort Riggs, right past the river. The Wild Kentucky Saddler spawns more often in the open area found to the east of Manzanita Post.
If there are no horses around when you reach the area, simply camp, make some time pass and try again. The Wild Mustang can be found in an area located in the gap between the “L” and “A” in The Heartlands on the map, to the east of Oil Derrick.
The Wild Tennessee Walker can be found more often in an area located to the east of Oil Derrick, in the gap between the “L” and “A” in The Heartlands on the map. Their spawn rate is also considerably lower than regular wild horse breeds, so you may have to come back to their locations multiple times.
The Tiger Striped Bay Wild Mustang can only be caught in during the late game, as its only spawn location is found in the southern part of the map. The horse can be found in the open area directly to the west of the Rio Del Logo Rock.
The White Wild Arabian is, without a doubt, the best horse race of Red Dead Redemption 2 and, as such, it requires some effort to catch. Some other locations include the Lavender fields near Hanging Dog Ranch, all the way to the west near Little Creek River; also just north of Cattail pond in Grizzlies West, near the Wapiti Reservation just below the letter “R” of “Marino”; and of course the NPC camp mentioned earlier at New Hanover near the oilfield.
A Per lino Andalusian can be found north of Johannesburg by the Brandy wine Drop water fall. The Warped Brindle Arabian is found in the mountains just above Wapiti Indian reservation.
Unsurprisingly, these horses don’t come cheap, but they’re well worth the money you’ll pay for them. Not only do Elite Handling horses have hearty stamina pools, they’re also no slouches when it comes to speed.
For the absolute cream of the crop, though, you’ll want to head to either the Saint-Denis or Blackwater stables. Given the intended progression of Red Dead Redemption 2’s story campaign, both Saint-Denis and Blackwater are considered endgame locations.
You won’t naturally come by Saint-Denis until Chapter 4, but there’s nothing stopping you from heading there earlier. Of course, by the time you reach Red Dead Redemption 2’s endgame, coming by that much cash shouldn’t be hard.
Each breed is classified in different categories that which provide a unique feeling. Combined with 59 styles of coat and customizable accessories, your horse will truly feel like your own.
Below you'll find our Horses guide which will tell you everything you need to know about locations, stats, bonding, taming, and different breeds. Once you unlock stables, you can visit new towns to see what horses are available to buy (which have better stats than their wilder variants but can cost a pretty penny), and you can also sell or name your primary horse, purchase upgrades for their tack, customize their looks, and clean them up.
Horses can be caught and broken in the wild, bought from town, or stolen from travelers. You can even toss kills, bounty targets, or pelts over the back of your steed and take it into camp or town.
Some players have reported finding these horses in other locations, but we haven't been able to confirm if that's true. Your horse is tantamount to your best friend in Rock star's take on the American frontier, and you’re going to want to get the best one money can buy.
Not only will your equine companion keep you company when the rest of the world is gunning for you, but they’re easily the best way to get around. You really want the bestRDR2 Online horse, one that's swift as a rapidly flowing river, with the force of a great typhoon, and all the fierceness of a raging fire.
The best horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 Online is the Arabian, but it has two considerable obstacles to overcome if you want to own one. First, it costs a whopping $850, which is a mammoth amount of money in the online mode.
The other is the Missouri Fox Trotter, which also boasts a good starting Health and Stamina, but is different in a number of ways to the Arabian. It boasts superior Speed, with can progress from 7 to 9, and has marginally stronger starting Stamina.
(Image credit: Rockstar Games)If you've got sufficient gold and have reached the right level, you can buy the Arabian and the Missouri Fox Trotter the same way you buy any steed in Red Dead Online: in stables and catalogs. You can purchase it as a service in stables, and it’ll protect your neighing friend from the elements.
In other words it heals them over a short space of time if something horrendous happens to them. Your horse is your one constant companion in Red Dead Redemption 2, and it helps to have a good one.
Missions that involve racing or chasing someone are easier when you have a fast horse with a lot of stamina. The draft horse you get during the “Exit, Pursued by a Bruised Ego” mission in Chapter 2 is only a little better.
Indeed, the best horse you can buy in the early part of the game, a Dutch Warm blood workhorse, has a lot of health and stamina, but is still pretty slow. The best horse in the game is the rose gray bay Arabian horse, which is rated 7 in health and stamina, and 6 in speed and acceleration.
You can buy a black Arabian horse with a 6 in every stat in Chapter 4 for $1,050, but that’s still a big investment in time and money. This means it will have an 8 in every stat once you’ve fully bonded with it, which is a big improvement over every other horse you can buy during the early chapters of the game.
Once I was fully bonded with the white Arabian horse, I was able to complete the sixth horseman challenge, which requires you to ride from Strawberry to Saint-Denis in nine minutes without touching water. Head to the western bank of Lake Isabella to find the white Arabian horse.
The fully bonded white Arabian can run long distances at its impressive top speed, and it feels almost like a cheat code as you crisscross the map while doing missions or challenges. Treat the white Arabian well, feed it frequently and brush its coat so its stamina core doesn’t degrade.