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.
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. 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. The best thing about the White Wild Arabian horse is not only its speed, the fastest among all wild horses, but also the fact that you can capture the animal as soon as Chapter 2 begins, as the area can be accessed without any particular issue.
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. 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. 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. Wild horses have the same stats as the ones that can be purchased with only a few exceptions, so you don't have to worry about getting an inferior horse if you choose to tame a wild one.
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.
Keep approaching slowly, always calm the horse when the prompt shows up until you’re so close that you can mount it. To do this, hold and move in the opposite direction of the horse’s movement to stay balanced.
The easiest way to spot the horses is with your binoculars (can be selected from item wheel). They all look very similar and even within a breed they can have totally different colors so it’s hard to tell if you don’t study the horses.
The Arabian is not required to complete the challenge, only the horses listed below are needed. If there’s no horse for you in the red circle: save the game, exit, reload.
These are not the only spawn zones in the game, wild horses can show up in lots of other places, but the below locations are the best to find the specific breeds. In Marino Region, just south of Wapiti Indian Reservation and near Donner Falls.
In the area around Blackwater you can find the Hungarian Half bred, one of the rarer breeds in the game. The Arabian isn’t needed for the completion of the challenge but it’s actually the best wild horse in the game.
It’s a unique horse (can also be bought randomly from stables in Blackwater, but it’s not always available there). It’s found in the south of New Austin region, at Rio Del Logo Rock.
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.
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. The horse will attempt to buck you, so make sure to be ready to calm it again when you’re on its back.