While there are a lot of viable types, only a few of them can be considered the absolute best to obtain in the story mode. Horses in RDR2 are divided into six different categories, which determine their starting stats and how much they can be improved.
While there are differences between standard, race, elite and heavy, they are not so big as to pose any problem while riding. Draft horses have average health, stamina, speed, and acceleration.
Getting a draft horse is not a terribly bad choice if you're short on money, but they are not a good investment if you're aiming to get the absolute best horse. Race horses have high speed and acceleration but low health and stamina.
These horses are wonderful when you're trying to get away from the law as quickly as possible, but the low health and stamina will eventually force you to use horse medicine when in the heat of battle, as they have a hard time surviving intense shooting and chase sequences. Using a riding horse is best avoided at all times except for the very beginning of the story mode when money is low and there aren't many other options available.
They are not the best for escaping from enemies, but they can take a hit like no other horse type can, so they are extremely reliable for most story missions where you must fight your way through on horseback. There are three different variants of this horse type: Black, Rose Grey Bay, and White.
The Black Arabian comes with health, stamina, speed and acceleration stats at 6, and it can be purchased for $1,050. The Rose Grey Bay has slightly better health and stamina, both at 7, than the Black Arabian, but it costs a bit more, $1,250.
If you really like the White Arabian, but don't want to spend so much money to get it, you can capture a wild one near Lake Isabella, which is located to the west of the “A” in Marino on the map. If you are aiming to become the best at horse races, then the best horse to get is the Missouri Fox Trotter.
Both the Amber Champagne and the Silver Dapple Pinto come with the same stats: 5 health, 6 stamina, 7 speed and 5 acceleration. The low health makes the Missouri Fox Trotter a very bad choice for combat situations, so you may want to look at another horse if you're aiming to fight on horseback a lot.
The Turbofan has considerably better health than the Missouri Fox Trotter, 7 instead of 5, slightly lower speed, 6 instead of 7, and identical stamina and acceleration, 5. The Turbofan can be a good choice for horse races as well, and it can be acquired much more easily, as the Dark Bay Coat is unlocked at rank 56.
Both types are available for a low price, $125, and they come with some above average stats: 7 in health, 5 in stamina, 3 in speed and acceleration, making them a bad choice for races but a more than solid one for Free Roam. Once you have made enough money, you can purchase a second stable stall to claim the remaining horse.
Getting the best horse for both story mode and online is just the first step, as stats can be further improved by purchasing horse upgrades. Story mode also features some additional saddles that can be purchased from any trapper, given the player has specific items in his or her possession.
For Red Dead Online, you need to reach the required rank before being able to purchase any of the horse upgrades. Saddles are the best way to upgrade horses, as they provide the best stats improvements.
These improvements, however, come at a cost, as both health and stamina cores will drain faster than usual. They can only be purchased by owning the correct perfect skin or pelt, and they bring no performance change beyond that of the upgraded variant of each saddle.
The Tennessee Walker from Chapter 1 will get you through the tutorial stuff (it has to, after all), but you’ll want to replace the steed as soon as you’re able to. The bad news is, you wouldn’t know it and just because you can get a good horse doesn’t mean it’ll be easy.
Our Red Dead Redemption 2 best horse guide will help you find the best steed and tame it, so you can have an easy time exploring the west. Arabian horses are categorized as ‘superior’, and they are suited for all types of labor.
By the time you can buy the Grey Arabian, you’ll practically be done with RDR2 ’s story. After completing Hosea’s first quest in Chapter 2, ‘Exit, Pursued by a Bruised Ego’, you’ll have access to the horse stables, that will let you buy and most importantly store your steeds.
In the northwest corner of the map are the Grizzlies, a cold mountain range. The White Arabian horse will be at Lake Isabella in that area, typically at the western bank by the legendary bison.
As the White Arabian is a wild horse, you’ll have to tame it before you can claim it for your own. Make sure to save in case you mess up, and approach the horse slowly.
Make sure you have proper medicine on hand so your brand new awesome horse in RDR2 doesn’t kick the bucket. 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.
Not only does Arthur Morgan bond with his horses, but you can brush their manes and give them treats. They also serve a very practical purpose: They let you travel across RDR2 s large, open world.
You’ll ride to mission objectives by horse, shoot enemies on horseback, and probably even run into some trees with your buddy. This is done after completing the Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego mission in chapter two.
As you progress throughout RDR2, it’s a good idea to visit stables often to ensure your horse is well-kept. Though many of them don’t have extraordinary sale prices, it’s easy enough to round them up and make a few extra bucks.
Throughout your adventure, you’ll come across four different types of horses, graded by handling. Race horses sound cool, but we think they are the worst class in the game due to their extremely specialized stats.
Heavy handling: The types of horses that you’ll see pulling stagecoaches and caravans. Heavy horses are naturally bulkier, move slower, but can take more damage.
They have robust stamina and health meters, making them both speedy and strong. Each horse has speed and acceleration ratings that can be upgraded to a certain point, as well as health and stamina that goes up as you bond.
From there, we recommend sticking with your pal until you can get a quality upgrade, i.e. an elite steed. And if you have made a habit out of being dastardly, you may want to look into race horses for quick getaways.
Your best bet for finding a great horse is to visit the nearest stable. You can find stables in nearly every town, represented on the map with a horseshoe icon.
That means industrial cities like Saint-Denis routinely have better horses than, say, Rhodes or Valentine. It’s important to note that while you’re going to find a few to handful of horses for purchase at a stable, the stock rotates after a couple of in-game days.
Elite handling horses cost $1,000 or more on average, but before long that won’t seem like a ton of cash in RDR2. Instead of forking over 1,000 bucks or more, you could get lucky and find an elite handling horse.
As we mentioned earlier, bonding between Arthur and his horse is a real thing that makes a tangible difference in gameplay. Even if you see a real beauty, buying a new horse when you’re deep into a game may not be in your best interest.
A quick note: you will need to actually bring your horse to the stables with you, otherwise this technique does not work. Choose the “Improved” option when purchasing saddles for the best stat boosts.
Saddlebags: Increased storage for your character’s outfit, hat, and mask. If your horse has grayed out marks in their stat meter, you can increase your speed by upgrading to better stirrups.
Keep in mind that horns, blankets, and bedrolls are purely cosmetic, but it is fun to change the types and colors of items you used to outfit your horse.