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How to Get the Best Horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 (White Arabian) - How to Get a New Horse in RDR2

Here's our complete guide to Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2, including a full beginner's guide, Red Dead 2 cheats, tips, and much more.

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Horses are obviously the primary method of transportation in Red Dead Redemption 2, and you're going to spend a lot of time with your trusty steed. In this Red Dead Redemption 2 horse guide, we'll be walking you through how to get the best horse in Red Dead Redemption 2, so you can easily venture into the wilderness and return with a new steed.

If you instead need help with any other areas of Rockstar’s huge new wild west prequel, you’ll want to head over to our Red Dead Redemption 2 guides hub. It’s on this main page that you can find a full index of our in depth guides on the game, as well as some general beginner’s tips and tricks for mastering combat on the frontier.

Best Horse in Red Dead Redemption 2

Horses are not made equally in Red Dead Redemption 2. While it's possible you'll love the very first horse you get your hands on in the game, far better horses will be available to you later in the game. If you grow attached to your first horse, that's fine, but if you want to get the very best horse in Red Dead Redemption 2, we've got the details on how to do so just below.

How to Get the Best Horse in RDR2 - White Arabian Horse

If you're wondering where you can find the single best horse in Red Dead Redemption 2, look no further than Lake Isabelle, marked on the map just below. It's around this isolated lake that you can find the White Arabian horse, which is roaming free in the wild, waiting to be tamed. Make sure to head up there with plenty of ammo and healing tonics, as there's loads of wolves patrolling the nearby wilderness.

Keep in mind that the White Arabian horse might not appear to you immediately while exploring around Lake Isabelle. Come first thing in the morning, so you've got daylight ahead of you while you roam around. As we mention below, you'll want to lasso the White Arabian as soon as you see it, climbing off your horse while holding the rope, and working your way steadily towards the horse, calming it with Square/X as you go.

How to Get a Horse in Red Dead Redemption 2

We mentioned it briefly at the top of this guide, but it’s possible for your horse to die in Red Dead Redemption 2. While roaming the wilderness on horseback, you can see the health meter of your horse just above the mini map near the bottom left corner of the screen, shown as the icon at the top right.

Should your horse’s health meter decrease to zero, it’ll lie on the ground, barely breathing, and you have two options: either revive it with some horse pills, or put it out of its misery with your knife. We’ve got to say, putting our horse down in Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most soul crushing things we’ve done in a long, long time.

But after this, what comes next? You might be stranded in the middle of nowhere without a mount, and keep in mind that you’ll need to detach your saddle from your deceased horse and carry it about with you, since that’s where all your bigger weapons like repeaters are stored.

So now you’re roaming the wild west, carrying a massive saddle, with no horse. In this situation, your most straightforward option is to murder an innocent passerby for their trusty steed. All you need to do is head to the nearest road on your map, put down your saddle, and wait.

How to Tame a Horse in Red Dead Redemption 2

Before too long (because Red Dead Redemption 2’s world is actually quite populated), an NPC is bound to ride by on a horse. Kill them by any means necessary, leaving their horse unscathed. Now, the horse will bolt slightly, so you’re going to have to equip your lasso from the item wheel by holding down the left bumper, and aim and throw the lasso at the horse.

Once the lasso has landed around the neck of the horse, you need to slowly move towards the horse, while pressing X/Square to calm it. You’ll need to calm the horse down if you want to mount it, and once you have mounted it, simply lead it back to your saddle, where you can hop off, pick up the saddle, and attach it to your brand new mount.

You’ve now earned yourself a new horse, although we should note that since this horse is entirely new and unfamiliar with Arthur Morgan, your bond level with it will restart from level 1. You’ll now have to spend some time roaming the wilderness with your new steed, if you want to increase its stamina and health.

How to Name Your Horse in Red Dead Redemption 2

Whenever you obtain a new horse in Red Dead Redemption 2, you'll obviously want to give it a new name. To do this, head to the nearest Stables (marked by a horse shoe) on your map, and head into the barn. In here, you can tab between your horses, and if you select the 'Services' option, you'll be given the opportunity to rename your horse then and there (no swear words, please).

This might be the conclusion of this particular Red Dead Redemption 2 guide, but we’ve got plenty more guides on the wild west prequel here at USgamer. You can head over to our Red Dead Redemption 2 Wanted guide for an explanation of how the law functions, or our guide on how to shave Arthur in Red Dead Redemption 2.

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  • Avatar for crunchb3rry #1 crunchb3rry 24 days ago
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  • Avatar for Karnej #2 Karnej 19 days ago
    I saw the bounties quest option before I got into the bar fight with javier but I didn't mess with it at the time. Now I can't seem to get it to happen at all. I've waited in town, done other things, slept. I'm not sure what to do exactly. Any suggestions?

    Edit: I didn't realize I was still on the debt collection mission for Strauss and it locked a few things including the bounty starting quest. I had just gotten distracted by the open world and didn't put those 2 things together till way later than I want to admit.Edited 3 weeks ago by Karnej
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  • Avatar for duster000 #3 duster000 17 days ago
    I cannot ask the ticket man in Rhodes about Midnight. Any suggestions?
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  • Avatar for nickhunt00 #4 nickhunt00 16 days ago
    How do you get the shotgun from the devil in the cave? He just stands there and tell your to leave then does nothing. I shot him and got his body down with tnt and he didn't have anything on him. SO how do you get the shotgun? Thanks.
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  • Avatar for shanezwicker25 #6 shanezwicker25 7 days ago
    It should be noted that if you access a hat from your house while wearing another hat that isn't stored on your horse via the wardrobe, the hat on your head vanishes and is gone. I went through the trouble of getting the hat off the head of the jailhouse guard then drowning myself so I could lose the guards and keep the hat. But then I looked up this guide so I could keep the hat and lost it via the horse thing... Not impressed..
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  • Avatar for Montmont #7 Montmont 5 days ago
    I bought a Volcanic revolver, the bought a second, but can’t seem to weild it / find it. Any thoughts?

    SOLVED: Had to leave Rhodes to arm itEdited 4 days ago by Montmont
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