There are a ton of different horses in Red Dead Redemption 2, which makes sense since this is a massive game set in the Wild West. But which horse is the best? And what’s the best way to choose one? Here’s everything you need to know about horses in Red Dead Redemption 2.

How to buy a good horse in Red Dead Redemption 2

The easiest way to get a new horse is to head to a nearby stable, where a rotating selection will be waiting for you. There, you can check out the stats of the horses available and pick whichever suits you best. Just remember that every new horse will require you to bond with them all over again.

VGR notes that there are 19 different horse breeds to choose from in the game, but simplifies things by suggesting that you look for a horse with the label “Elite Handling.” That indicates strong stamina and speed, though they’ll likely cost between $1000 and $1,300 in in-game currency as a result. That might not be much by the end of the game, but early on in Red Dead Redemption 2 it’s a lot to spend in one place.

If you are going to drop a grand on a new horse, your best bet is likely the stables in either Saint Denis or Blackwater, to end-game locations. Red Dead 2 doesn’t officially send you to Saint Denis until Chapter 4, but you can head there way earlier if you want to pick up a powerful horse even sooner.

Finally, even if your current horse isn’t perfect that doesn’t mean you necessarily need to buy a new one. You can equip saddles and other add-ons to boost specific stats that might be lacking to make the horse you’ve already bonded with even better.

The best horse in Red Dead Redemption 2?

Sure you could buy a horse, but the best option might actually be a wild stallion. That means you’ll have to track it and tame it yourself, but the payoff is definitely worth the extra work.

According to VG247, the best horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 is a white-maned Arabian that hangs out by Lake Isabelle in the Northwest part of the map. The region’s snowy weather makes it difficult to spot this white horse, but if you search for long enough you should find it. Just watch out for wolves and other beasts.

Once you spot the horse, approach slowly by pressing LT/L2. You can also check on the horse’s comfort level via a bar in the bottom right corner of the screen. If it gets too low, stop moving and tap the X/square button until the horse calms down.

Once you get close enough you can pet the hose before trying to mount it. Then you’ll need to tame your new steed by pointing the left joystick in the opposite direction of wherever the horse is headed. When you’ve successfully tamed the horse you’ll see a notification and the steed will be yours.

Congrats, you just got the best horse in Red Dead Redemption 2, and it didn’t cost you a dime.

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