You should be good for the White-Maned Arabian breed, but be careful when looking at the details below if you want to steer clear of potential story bits. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
For your reference, the location of the horse is slightly above the name “WAPITI INDIAN RESERVATION” on the map. Specific horses that are hard to find or purchase also have superior stats in speed, acceleration, health, and stamina.
You should find the white horse in the snowy bank around the frozen lake. Once spotted, approach the Elite White Arabian very slowly as she will spook easily.
After you study the White Arabian, you'll gain a “Calm Bar” which shows her alert level. Slowly approach while constantly hitting the button shown to calm her.
Transfer your saddle to the Elite White Arabian to keep her and then ride to a Stable to improve her stats even further. The other Arabian Horses still boast impressive speed and acceleration, but the Black coat can only be bought from Chapter 4 onwards from the Saint-Denis Stable, and the Rose Grey Bay coat can only be bought at the Epilogue in the Blackwater Stable.
The Missouri Fox Trotter breed boasts the best base speed in the game, with excellent acceleration, as well as good health and stamina to boot. You can find the Gold coat after Chapter 4 by going to the Saint-Denis Stable.
One thing that new players will notice immediately about Red Dead Redemption 2, is the pacing. You are forced to take your time and really see and feel all that this world has to offer.
Traversing the world of RDR2 can be a daunting task early in the game. (It's worth noting that each horse's stats will vary depending on which coat you acquire.
Their stats sacrifice speed and acceleration in favor of health and stamina. There are three different coat variations available for the Hungarian, two of which can be located in the wild; the third can be purchased from the Valentine Stable after chapter two.
As with other similar horses, the Andalusian is known for their high health and stamina. This makes them an ideal hunting horses as they are very difficult to spook.
The Andalusian can be purchased from the Strawberry or Van Horn Stable. They too will not frighten during dangerous encounters and have high health and stamina.
The two types of Rennes: the Strawberry Roan and Bay Roan, can be purchased from the Van Horn Stable and Scarlett Meadow Stable, respectively. They are racehorses, and their speed and acceleration make them desirable for getting short distances very fast.
However, the rest of their stats are fairly low, making them better for situational use. Two of the coats can be found in the wild, the third can be purchased from Strawberry Stables.
The Turk's have high health and speed, with above average stamina and acceleration. They have fantastic handling and acceleration which make them a joy to travel with.
These horses are best used to get out of sticky situations as they will spook more easily than a war- or workhorse. There are three different coat types, two are found in the wild and the third can be bought from St. Dennis Stables after chapter four for $450.
These horses are of a very high tier with price tags to match. They have some of the highest stats in the game with outstanding speed and stamina and exceptional acceleration and health.
Of the two coat varieties, one can be found in the Scarlett Meadows Stable after chapter four. To acquire this incredible horse, you will need to head to the northwestern side of Lake Isabella.