Best Red Dead Redemption 2 Horses Guide, Locations

Red Dead Redemption 2 Horses are more advanced than ever before and this guide will ensure that you know all about finding these magnificent mounts, reaching max bonding, finding stables, perma-death, and feeding them.

The Best Red Dead Redemption 2 Horses

Before we dive into how to care for your horse and all of the other things that go along with managing it, you need to know how to get a horse from the wild.

Once you have found your horse and caught it, you need to first break it and then tame it before you use it. When you see a horse out in the wild, you need to get out your lasso.

Select the lasso from your Weapon Wheel and then use it by holding the LT and then RT to swing it. If the aiming marker is red, then you will hit the target.

Once you have the rope on your horse, you can press X to calm it down as you get close to it slowly. When you are close to the horse, you can mount it.

The horse will try to get away from you and you need to win a mini-game in order to be able to ride it. Once you break the horse, it is yours to control for however long you want or however long the horse survives.

Horses Locations

Let’s take a look at where to find every single one of the horses in the game one by one. Horses in Red Dead Redemption 2 are divided into several categories and you should choose the one that you feel comfortable with.

In this section of our RDR2 Mounts Guide, we have detailed how to unlock different types of horses available to Arthur Morgan in the game as well as horses locations.

American PaintOveroWild/Ambient
American PaintTobianoWild/Ambient
American PaintSplashed WhiteWild/Ambient
American PaintGrey OveroTumbleweed Stable – Epilogue 1
American StandardbredBlackWild/Ambient
American StandardbredBuckskinWild/Ambient
American StandardbredPalomino DappleValentine Stable – Chapter 2
American StandardbredSilver Tail BuckskinTumbleweed Stable – Epilogue 1
AndalusianDark BayStrawberry Stable – Chapter 2
AndalusianRose GreyVan Hor Stable – Chapter 6
AppaloosaLeopard BlanketWild/Ambient
AppaloosaLeopardVan Hor Stable – Chapter 6
AppaloosaBrown LeopardTumbleweed Stable – Epilogue 1
ArabianBlackSaint Denis Stable – Chapter 4
ArabianWhiteGo North West of Valentine.
ArabianRose Grey BayBlackwater Stable – Epilogue 1
ArdennesBay RoanScarlett Meadows Stable – Chapter 2
ArdennesStrawberry RoanVan Hor Stable – Chapter 6
BelgianBlond ChestnutWild/Ambient
BelgianMealy ChestnutWild/Ambient
Dutch WarmbloodSooty BuckskinScarlett Meadows Stable – Chapter 2
Dutch WarmbloodSeal BrownStrawberry Stable – Chapter 3
Dutch WarmbloodChocolate RoanValentine Stable – Chapter 2
Hungarian HalfbredFlaxen ChestnutWild/Ambient
Hungarian HalfbredPeibald TabianoWild/Ambient
Hungarian HalfbredDapple Dark GreyValentine Stable – Chapter 2
Kentucky SaddlerBlackWild/Ambient
Kentucky SaddlerChestnut PintoWild/Ambient
Kentucky SaddlerSilver BayWild/Ambient
Missouri Fox TrotterAmber ChampagneScarlett Meadows Stable – Chapter 4
Missouri Fox TrotterSilver Dapple PintoBlackwater Stable – Epilogue 1
MorganBay RoanValentine Stable – Chapter 2
MorganFlaxen ChestnutWild/Ambient
MustangTiger Striped BayHead South of Armadillo
MustangGrullo DunWild/Ambient
MustangWild BayWild/Ambient
NokotaReverse Dapple RoanSaint Denis Stable – Chapter 4
NokotaBlue RoanWild/Ambient
NokotaWhite RoanWild/Ambient
ShireRaven BlackAfter you complete Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego – Chapter 2
ShireDark BayWild/Ambient
ShireLight GreyWild/Ambient
Suffolk PunchRed ChestnutWild/Ambient
Suffolk PunchSorrelWild/Ambient
Tennesse WalkerMahogany BayAfter you complete Outlaws From the West – Chapter 1
Tennesse WalkerRed RoanValentine Stable – Chapter 2
Tennesse WalkerBlack RabicanoWild/Ambient
Tennesse WalkerChestnutWild/Ambient
Tennesse WalkerDapple BayWild/Ambient
ThoroughbredBrindleStrawberry Stable – Chapter 3
ThoroughbredBlood BayWild/Ambient
TurkomanGoldSaint Denis Stable – Chapter 4
TurkomanSilverTumbleweed Stable – Epilogue 1

How to Call your Horse

Often times, your horse will be far away from you and you will need to call it. There is a specific range at which you can call your horse and the horse may not come to you at all.

In order to overcome both of these problems, you need to increase your horse bonding level. You can go to a stable to respawn your horse if you are unable to call it.

You can call your horse by pressing up on your D-pad. The horse follows you around when you go around on a train or a stagecoach.

Remember that your horse will sometimes only come in your close vicinity and you will need to go and get on it.

Bonding and Loyalty

There are a total of 4 different horse bonding levels all of which can be seen if you take a look at our Horse Bonding Guide.

You can increase your horse bonding level by creating waypoint markers and using the automatic travel which will give you experience with the horse.

There are other ways to increase your horse bonding level too. You have to feed your horse. The food is found in stables and you can use your Weapon Wheel to feed your horse.

Remember that not feeding your horse will have negative consequences. Also, make sure that you calm your horse down by pressing L3 if you find enemies agitate it.

Lastly, remember to groom your horse and clean it when it is dirty. This can be done by pressing L2 to look at it and then left on D-pad. If your horse is already clean, then this will not work.

You need to reach a certain amount of XP to get to the next bonding level. The more stats your horse has, the more XP you need in order to get to the next level.

Let’s go ahead and take a look at how much XP you need to progress to the next level with your horse. Remember that the stats are represented by adding all 4 of the stats that your horse has.

Bonding  LevelStats 1-12Stats 13-16Stats 17-21Stats 220-30
Level 150 XP50 XP50 XP50 XP
Level 2200 XP250 XP300 XP350 XP
Level 3300 XP450 XP600 XP750 XP
Level 4400 XP700 XP1000 XP1300 XP

Now that you know the amount of experience that is required for you to level up, let’s take a look at the actions that grant you that aforementioned XP and enable you to level up.

Tame the Horse25
Equip SaddleUp to 50
Riding a specific amount15
Cleaning When Dirty15
Feeding Treat5
Feeding standard food5
Feeding nutritious food15
Walking2/5 seconds
Gallop1/5 seconds
Leading2/5 seconds
Unloading (after carrying load for 2.5 hours)15
Hitching (1 per area and 1 every 12 hours)15

How to Revive your Horse

Your horse can die for a number of different reasons. When your horse dies, you can revive it. In order to revive your horse, you need a special item known as the Revive Tonic.

It can be bought from numerous different vendors across the world and at stables. If your horse does not have a red icon next to it, then it is permanently dead.

If you do not want to get a tonic, simply exit the game and lose a little bit of progress but get your horse back by respawning into the world. Always remember to take note of your horses’ health so that it does not die in the first place.

Stopping Dead

If you want to stop your horse immediately, there is a way to do that. Normally, you can simply let go of the button that is used to move the horse and it eventually grinds to a halt after methodically slowing down.

However, you can press the RB button and it will come to a stop immediately. You can use this technique to avoid running into other people, avoid falls, and deal with enemies in your way.

Horse Stables Locations

At the stables, you can manage your own horses. You can own up to 4 different horses which can be accessed through the stables. You can also buy new horses which are available. Different stables will have different horses for you to buy.

All of the horse equipment is also available such as saddles, stirrups, and blankets among other things. Not only that, all of the food items required for your horse and the reviver is also sold at these stables.

How to Get the Best Horses

The best horses in the game can be bought from the stables of Saint Dennis or Blackwater. As you move on with the story, better horses will be available for you to buy.

Blackwater is an area that only becomes available towards the later stages of the game and thus, Saint Dennis will be your destination to buy some of the best horses.

There are 3 different types of horses. Standard Handling Horses have medium speed and stamina, Race Handling ones have low stamina but amazing speed, and Elite Handling great stamina but medium speed.

Elite horses are the most expensive and better than anybody else.

Perhaps the best horse in the game is the Arabian horse from Blackwater. The horse can be bought for $1,250 and has amazing starting stats for you to build on from.

It can accelerate well, spring well, and has the amazing stamina that goes along with a horse which possesses Elite Handling.

Horse Items

Here are all of the items that can be consumed by your horse. They range from food to medicine to performance enhancers. As mentioned earlier, there are a ton of items that you can give you to horse in order to increase its Stamina and HP Cores.

In addition to standard food items, you can also provide your horse with Medicine and Stimulants in order to increase its various attributes.


ItemHealth CoreStamina Core
Hay Cube6262
Oat Cakes6262
Wintergreen Berry2512
Bay Bolete25
Ram’s Head Mushroom25
Wild Mint25
Creeping Thyme25
Wild Feverfew25
Sugar Cube25
English Mace12
Common Bulrush12

Health Items

Regular10 + 2 hour fortification
Potent10 + 4 hour fortification
Special10 + 10 hour fortification
Horse Reviver5
Special Horse Power10


Regular10 + 2 hour fortification
Potent10 + 4 hour fortification
Special10 + 10 hour fortification

How to Autopilot

Horses are more than just important in RDR2. They play a very huge role and you will need them most of the time to travel across the map.

You will need to put a waypoint to the location you want to go to and it’s the fastest way to travel to any destination. Here’s how to use autopilot step-by-step on PS4 or Xbox One.

Grab a horse and put a waypoint on the location where you want to go. Once done, just keep holding the X button on PS4 or A on Xbox One to start the ride.

Now hold on your touchpad on the PS4 controller or the view button on your Xbox One to initiate a cinematic view. With this cinematic view activate, take your fingers off the controller and the horse will travel to your destination automatically.

Now just make sure that you are on the road to initiate this autopilot feature. This feature will not work when you are not on the road.

Moreover, keep in mind that if you get attacked while riding the horse then you will be thrown off and that’s something you don’t want to happen in the world full of outlaws.

Therefore, just make sure to keep your eyes on the screen when you are using the autopilot feature and you’ll be ready to go wherever you want across the Wild West.

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