One thing that new players will notice immediately about Red Dead Redemption 2, is the pacing. The game is relatively slow paced (intentionally) and really takes its time with many of the game's tasks. Just sit down to play a game of Dominos and you'll know what I mean. While many players may be turned off by this, it is truly part of the game's charm. You are forced to take your time and really see and feel all that this world has to offer. This is true most of all where getting around is concerned.
Traversing the world of RDR2 can be a daunting task early in the game. You will be constantly going back and forth between your camp and various towns. While there is some fast travel in the game, it's not always a viable option. All of this to say, you are going to be spending a lot (and I do mean A LOT) of time on horseback. With so much of the game spent atop your trusty steed, it is crucial to make sure you have the best ride to make your journey through early America less of a chore.
Here are 10 of the best horses in the game and where to find them. (It's worth noting that each horse's stats will vary depending on which coat you acquire. Rarer coats mean better stats.)
10 Dutch Warmblood
The Dutch Warmblood is considered a workhorse in RDR2. Its stats include a good balance of stamina, health, and speed. Where the Warmblood suffers slightly is in its acceleration. They are not ideal for racing due to this but for general travel and work needs, they are a solid choice. You will be able to acquire your own Warmblood from the Valentine or Scarlet Meadows Stables after chapter two, or from the Strawberry Stable after chapter three.
9 Hungarian Half-bred
If durability is something you value, look no further than the Hungarian Half-bred. This is an exceptional warhorse. Warhorses in RDR2, as the name implies, are built sturdier than other breeds. 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.
Everyone loves a nice Mustang. And no, we are not talking about one from your local Ford dealership. In RDR2, Mustangs are interesting in that they are a multi-class horse. All Mustangs are both war and workhorses. As far as stats go, they are above average in both stamina and health, but unlike their metal brethren, their speed is considered average.
To acquire a Mustang, you will need to head to the central Heartlands of New Hanover or near Fort Mercer in New Austin. If you would like to acquire the rarest coated Mustang, the Tiger Striped, you'll need to search near Rio Del Lobo Rock in New Austin
The Andalusian is another great warhorse with exceptional stats. As with other similar horses, the Andalusian is known for their high health and stamina. They also have a very specific temperament that is far more aggressive than other breeds. 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.
Ardennes represent some of the heaviest horses in the game. As far as warhorses go, they are true tanks. They too will not frighten during dangerous encounters and have high health and stamina. The two types of Ardennes: the Strawberry Roan and Bay Roan, can be purchased from the Van Horn Stable and Scarlett Meadow Stable, respectively.
If you crave speed, a Thoroughbred horse is what you need. These horses represent some of the fastest in the game. 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 Turkoman is another multi-class horse. This time, however, they are a mix of standard race and war. This is an amazing combination that makes for some fantastic animals. The Turk's have high health and speed, with above average stamina and acceleration. This is a great balance for all situations in the game. They do come with a hefty price tag, however. One of these will cost you around $1,000 and can be purchased in the stables.
The Nokota is another racehorse bred with speed in mind. 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.
2 Missouri Fox Trotter
The Missouri Fox Trotter is both a race- and workhorse. These horses are of a very high tier with price tags to match. Each of the two coat options will cost around $1,000 but they are well worth the price. 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. The other can be purchased from the Blackwater Stable after the Epilogue.
At last, we come to the best horse Red Dead has to offer. The Arabian's stats are fantastic across the board with no hindrances. Out of the three coats offered, the rare white coat is the best option. This is also the only coat you won't have to shell out thousands for. To acquire this incredible horse, you will need to head to the northwestern side of Lake Isabella. The Arabian will be alone and you must do your best not to spook it whilst you try and tame it. Those who are able to successfully capture it will have acquired the best horse in the game.