Red Dead Redemption 2 is available now for the PS4 and Xbox One. Your trusty steed is probably the most important ally in Red Dead Redemption 2.
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.
However, you can’t buy this horse until Chapter 6 or the Epilogue, and they’re very expensive to boot, costing $1,250. 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 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.
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.
The horse will try to buck you off once you mount it, so be ready to hit the left analog stick to further calm it and stay on. 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. Horses are extremely important in both RDR2's story mode and Red Dead Online, not only for transportation, but also in combat and in a variety of other situations.
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.
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. Superior horses are, as the name implies, the best horses in Red Dead Redemption 2.
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. Work horses are far from being the best horses, with high stamina but average health and speed, and low acceleration.
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.
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.
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. Bear Dakota Saddlebag Mother Hubbard SaddleBeaver Roping SaddleCougar McClelland SaddlePanther Trail SaddleRattlesnake Vaquero Saddle Stirrups provide improvements to the speed and acceleration stats at the cost of faster core drain.
The overall rating for each horse is calculated from an average of all their stats (Health, Stamina, Speed, Acceleration and Handling). Clicking on each horse brings you to their detailed information and Statistics, with everything about their performance and the location where to find them.
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. For your reference, the location of the horse is slightly above the name “WAPITI INDIAN RESERVATION” on the map.