How to Get the Best Horses in Red Dead Redemption 2: Fast and Rare Breeds for Free

Updated on November 1, 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2: Horse Guide

As you've probably see in western movies, horses are a fundamental part of many stories. They are the old means of traveling though many miles of landscape. The Red Dead Redemption 2 video game has plenty of horses that you can purchase, steal, or catch in the wild by taming them. Rockstar Games stays true to the Wild West lore. You won't be able to drive cars or fly helicopters like you could in the Grand Theft Auto franchise. The game takes place in the year 1899, over a decade before the events of the original. You'll play as Arthur Morgan, but the original character, John Marston, plays a role in the story. John Marston is much younger. It's before he seeks redemption for his nefarious past.

It's important to understand that horses can die permanently in the world of Red Dead Redemption 2. They can die by falling from great heights, bumping into trees or other obstacles, or can be shot by enemies. Always carry a Horse Revive to help your critically wounded horse. They can be purchased from stables or found in the world.

This article will provide information on how to obtain the best horses that are fast, rare, and expensive. It will also explain how to improve your horse stats in the game.

Arthur Morgan, the main character in Red Dead Redemption 2
Arthur Morgan, the main character in Red Dead Redemption 2

According to Rockstar, the Splashed White American Paint is very rare, for it is not found in a specific location. You may encounter it randomly at an ambient camp somewhere in the world. However, the Arabian White Coat and Mustang Tiger Stripped Bay Coat can be located by going to a specific part of the map in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Unfortunately, you can only obtain the Arabian White Coat horse in the beginning, as the other breed is in a locked area. It's in the far south (bottom left of map).

Types of Horses (worst to best)

  • Riding
  • Draft
  • Race
  • War
  • Work
  • Multi-class
  • Superior

The Best Horse Breeds in Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Arabian White Coat
  • Mustang Tiger Stripped Bay Coat
  • Splashed White American Paint (extremely rare)

The Arabian White Coat horse is located in the northwestern part of the map. Look for a lake. It's in the cold and mountainous region where you started in the beginning of the game. Make sure to wear a coat when you're in the cold temperatures, as your character stats can be negatively affected.

The photo below shows the general location of the rare Arabian White Coat. If the horse escapes, you'll probably have to wait a day or two in Red Dead Redemption 2 before finding it again.

White dot indicates location of Arabian White Coat
White dot indicates location of Arabian White Coat

Tame Horses in Red Dead Redemption 2

Don't know how to get free horses in Red Dead Redemption 2? If you got the special edition of the video game, you'll automatically have access to a war horse. You can obtain that horse by visiting a stable. Stealing horses is free obviously, but you can get a bounty. Also, horses that are stolen won't sell for much at the stables.

The best way to get free horses is by taming them. Wild horses roam all over the place. They can be found in multiple regions. Other animals are often found near the wild horses.

There are two ways to tame a horse in Red Dead Redemption 2. Slowly approach a wild horse and press the square or (x) button. You can also lasso a horse to prevent it from escaping. The lasso can be thrown when you're riding.

Once you've mounted the horse, press the left stick in the opposite direction of the animal's movement. If you're successful, the horse can be taken back to the stables. Then you can put a saddle on it. Don't take the saddle off of your old horse, as I believe that will make you lose possession of it. It's possible to have multiple horses in the stables.

Stables in Red Dead Redemption 2
Stables in Red Dead Redemption 2

How to Obtain the Best Horses

The Arabian White Coat and the Mustang are some of the best horses in the game. But you need to care of your animal by feeding them, cleaning them, and keeping them alive.

The stables in Red Dead Redemption 2 will sell items for your horse. You can buy food like hay, apples, sugar cubes, and more for your animal. You can purchase different saddles as well.

Feed your horse by holding down left trigger while looking at it. Then select the "feed" option. Horses that are underweight or overweight will not perform at their best. They have speed, acceleration, and handling. Upgrade your horse's stirrup to increase its speed, acceleration, and core drain rate.

Horse Bonding in Red Dead Redemption 2

There are four levels of bonding with your animal. You'll unlock new moves and more strength for your horse when you reach high levels. One of the moves enables you to strafe around trees or obstacles, safely avoiding damage.

How to Increase Horse Bonding Level

  • Ride your horse through the game, but don't tire the stamina out
  • Feed your animal with nutritious food like apples or certain herbs
  • Calm your horse when its stressed or agitated
  • Groom your horse with a brush
  • Go through bodies of body to clean your steed

You can tell your steed to follow, flea, or stay. The commands are useful when you need a horse in a safe location. Sometimes it's better to fight enemies on foot, so you don't put your animal in danger.

Animal pelts can be stored on your horse. Death will result in the pelts disappearing. One entire carcass of certain species of animals (like deer) can be placed on the back of your horse.

Selling Animals

Horses can be sold at stables. Selling the best breeds will help you make the most amount of money in Red Dead Redemption 2. It's much better to tame a Mustang or an Arabian White Coat, as stealing is less lucrative and is reckless.

The key to getting the best horses in the game is to find the best breeds. Increase your bonding level with them, clean and feed them, and use the stables to upgrade their stats. If you're lucky, you can find the American Paint Horse

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