Red Dead Redemption 2’s Horses, Ranked From Worst To Best

One of the best parts about Red Dead Redemption 2 is the complete freedom to explore the map on horseback, but what’s even better is the sheer number of horses that Arthur can choose to accompany him on his journey. In addition to visual and aesthetic differences, each horse has its own specific set of strengths, weaknesses, and mannerisms affecting how it interacts with the Western RPG’s protagonist. Indeed, personal preference may play a role in each player’s choice of steed – but ultimately, there can only be one best horse in Red Dead Redemption 2.

There are a total of nineteen horse breeds in RDR2, and there are also multiple ways that Arthur can acquire horses, including buying them from stables and wrangling them in the wild. The many factors at play can make it difficult to narrow down the competition. Thus, at the end of the day, if Arthur finds himself with a trusty, loyal horse that gets the job done then there’s no need to fret. However, those who want to be the fastest in the West should keep their eyes peeled for the best horses in RDR2.

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19 Morgan

Red Dead Redemption 2's Morgan horse.

Morgans are basic horses with average speed and stamina making them suitable for short trips around Red Dead Redemption 2‘s map. They’re slower than many other breeds, however, and their health pool leaves something to be desired. The good news is that Morgans require little to no care, and they’re good for pulling carts and carriages. Although the Bay Roan and Palomino colors of the breed are available at stables, Arthur can also find them in the wild with the Bay and Flaxen Chestnut.

18 Kentucky Saddler

A black variant of the Kentucky Saddler in RDR2.

Kentucky Saddlers are common horses in Red Dead Redemption 2. They have a laid-back nature, making them perfect companions for riding short distances, and since they can be found all over the map, they’re quick and easy to tame. Plus, they’re quite muscular and stout, so they’re easy to take care of. Kentucky Saddlers do have their downsides, though; they’re not too fast and can’t accelerate particularly quickly. They’re only slightly better than Morgans in this regard. Arthur can catch the Gray, Black, Chestnut Pinto, and Silver Bay coats in the wild, and the Gray is also available for purchase in stables.

17 Tennessee Walker

Red Dead Redemption 2 Tennessee Walker Horse

Tennessee Walkers are one of the best horses in RDR2, purely based on style. They have seven different coat varieties, and, of those, the Red Roan, Black Rabicano, Chestnut, and Dapple Bay can be found in the wild. Arthur can purchase the Flaxen Roan at a stable. The Dapple Dark Grey coat, which is also available in stables, is a warhorse with slightly higher stats than other coats. Gameplay-wise, Tennessee Walker horses are sturdy and healthy, and they handle long distances across Red Dead Redemption 2‘s massive map. They have a unique trot, and their gait makes riding them extremely comfortable.

16 Belgian

Red Dead Redemption 2's Belgian Horse pulling a carriage.

Belgians are strong draft horses in RDR2. Draft horses are among the sturdiest horses in the game, and they are what players should prioritize for tasks such as pulling carts, carriages, wagons, and coaches. Like most draft horses, Belgians are incredibly strong. They have excellent health and stamina and are the fastest of the draft horse breeds. Belgians are sturdy, but they also weigh more than other horses, which makes them slightly harder to handle. They are available in the wild and come in two coats – Blond Chestnut and Mealy Chestnut.

15 Shire

Red Dead Redemption 2's Arthur riding the Shire Horse and looking out onto a mountainous landscape.

The Shire is another breed of draft horse, meaning that it’s well suited to heavy pulling or hauling. They are one of the strongest horse breeds in the game, but their large size and heavy weight make them more difficult to handle. Unfortunately, their speed and stamina are only average, meaning that they’re a far cry from the best overall horse in Red Dead Redemption 2. Shires come in three coats: Raven Black, Dark Bay, and Light Gray. All three are available in the wild. The Raven Black coat gives the horse slightly higher stamina than horses of other colors.

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14 Suffolk Punch

Red Dead Redemption 2's Suffolk Punch horse standing in a grassy field.

The Suffolk Punch is another draft horse in Red Dead Redemption 2. With its stocky and compact frame, it’s the ideal breed for heavy labor on farms. They can work extremely long hours without getting tired, are very sturdy and healthy, and even have a good speed for their breed. The Suffolk Punch breed, however, is a little harder to find, as it is only available in the wild. These horses are also very heavy, which means that they are often difficult to handle. They come in two different coats – Red Chestnut and Sorrel.

13 Appaloosa

Red Dead Redemption 2's Appaloosa Horse standing in the background as Arthur stands behind a wire fence.

The next step up from a draft horse is the war horse, such as the Appaloosa. It’s breed that is perfect for just about any kind of work needed at a ranch; they are rather healthy and have good speed, agility, and stamina. Plus, they also have excellent temperaments, meaning that they’re easy to handle. Appaloosas are often found in the midwestern part of the game map. The Blanket and Leopard Blanket coats are found in the wild, but Arthur can purchase the Leopard and Brown Leopard coats at a stable.

12 Nokota

Red Dead Redemption 2's Nokota Horse standing in a stable.

If Arthur needs to quickly get to a town, landmark, or a therapeutic campsite in Red Dead Redemption 2, players will want to consider using a racehorse like the Nokota. It’s a breed with respectable speed and acceleration, meaning that it can make a fast getaway from trouble if needed. These horses are also healthy and handle exceptionally well.

The majority of Nokotas are located in the Western part of the Red Dead Redemption 2 map. The Reverse Dapple Roan is the best of the three coats, with much greater speed than the other two Nokota coats. Arthur can find the Blue Roan and White Roan in the wild, but he must purchase Reverse Dapple Roan from a stable.

11 Thoroughbred

A close-up shot of Red Dead Redemption 2's Thoroughbred Horse in a grassy field.

Thoroughbred horses are lean, mean racing machines. A kind of racehorse, this breed is made for athletics with great stamina, agility, and acceleration. If Arthur needs to sprint short distances, the Thoroughbred horse is what he wants to do so with. While they are easy to handle for the most part, they can get a little clumsy if Arthur pushes them too far past their endurance, which is an important factor to keep in mind.

Thoroughbreds have three coats – the Brindle, the Blood Bay, and the Dapple Grey. The Brindle, which has the highest speed of this breed, is available for purchase in stables, but the others are only available in the wild. Players with a keen eye may also find a rare Seal Brown coated Thoroughbred in RDR2.

10 American Standardbred

Red Dead Redemption 2's American Standardbred Horse standing in a stable.

Another one of the best horses in Red Dead Redemption 2 for racing is the American Standardbred. These horses are lean and agile with great stamina and acceleration, and they can maintain a fast pace for a long while. However, they have their faults: they are timid creatures, and loud noises can frighten them and make them act erratically.

Nonetheless, American Standardbreds are some of the fastest horses in Red Dead Redemption 2. They come in four coats: the Palomino Dapple, the Silver Tail Buckskin, the Black, and the Buckskin. Although the Silvertail Buckskin and Palomino Dapple are available for purchase at stables, the Black and Buckskin are only available for catching in the wild.

9 American Paint

Red Dead Redemption 2's Arthur riding the American Paint Horse.

American Paint horses are robust workhorses, ready to tackle any kind of task put upon them. Although they cannot accelerate too quickly, they have amazing stamina with average speed and health. They are extremely intelligent, easy to care for, and even have great personalities, so they’re easy for Arthur to get along with. American Paints stand out from other horses, thanks to their uniquely patterned coats. The Overo and Tobiano coats commonly roam the wild, but there is also a rare Splashed White coat wandering around the map for those who can find it. The Gray Overo coat is also available for purchase at stables.

8 Hungarian Halfbred

Thee Hungarian Half Bred Horses in Red Dead Redepemtion 2.

When it comes to battle, a good war horse is just as important as having a good revolver or pistol in Red Dead Redemption 2. Given that, players should consider the Hungarian Halfbred, a strong breed that has good health and stamina. Although these horses are slow with low speed and acceleration stats, they have a fearless personality that makes them perfect for any kind of combat. These horses also handle extremely well, and they have large, sturdy bodies, too.

Though Hungarian Halfbreds are fairly healthy when considering all horses in RDR2, they are indeed less healthy than other war horse breeds. The Flaxen Chestnut and Piebald Tobiano coats live in the wild, but the Dapple Dark Grey coat is only available for purchase at stables.

7 Mustang

Red Dead Redemption 2's Arthur Morgan riding the Mustang Horse.

The Mustang is a RDR2 horse that is good for a variety of tasks, whether it be racing, war, or work. The versatile breed has great health and stamina, lovable personalities, and are sturdy. They also don’t frighten easily. If it’s an all-purpose horse that Arthur needs, the Mustang is just the breed he’s looking for. The Grullo Dun, Wild Bay, and rare Tiger Striped Bay coats are all found in the wild, but they aren’t available in stables. Arthur can find Mustangs in the western portion of the map.

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6 Dutch Warmblood

Red Dead Redemption 2's Arthur preparing to mount a Dutch Warmblood horse

Dutch Warmblood horses are among the sturdiest and hardiest of horses in RDR2’s workhorse category. These creatures have excellent stamina, a sturdy body attached to long legs, and they’re surprisingly agile. They have only average speed and health, but if Arthur needs a dependable workhorse, the Dutch Warmblood is one horse that he can’t go wrong with. The Seal Brown, Sooty Buckskin and Chocolate Roan-coated Dutch Warmbloods are available for purchase in stables. There is also a rare coat – the Cremello – which is only available in the wild for those who can find and tame it.

5 Andalusian

Red Dead Redemption 2's Andalusian Horse standing in a forest.

The Andalusian breed of horse is made for war. Its compact frame makes it extra sturdy and powerful, and they also handle well, making them ideal for combat. On top of that, these warhorses have excellent health and stamina, and they have aggressive personalities – meaning they’re also good for hunting. Although they’re not fast, the Andalusian horses are fairly good for traveling long distances as they also don’t get frightened too easily. They come in two coats, Dark Bay and Rose Gray, both of which are available for purchase at stables.

4 Ardennes

A female player in Red Dead Redemption 2 riding the Ardennes Horse.

Some of the most well-built horses for combat and war alike belong to the Ardennes breed in RDR2. They are among the heaviest of horse breeds in the game, but they handle well, especially under pressure, which is important when going into battle. These horses also have excellent health and stamina, and they are extremely brave; they rarely become agitated, even when in combat.

Like other warhorses, Ardennes horses tend to have low speed and acceleration, but these pitfalls can easily be overlooked. They come in two coats – the Bay Roan and Strawberry Roan – both of which are available for purchase at stables throughout the game. The Strawberry Roan is the healthiest of the two, but it is also the most costly.

3 Missouri Fox Trotter

Red Dead Redemption 2's Arthur riding the Missouri Fox Trotter.

The Missouri Fox Trotter is both a race and work horse. This combination means that they are fast as well as sturdy, which easily makes them one of the best horses in Red Dead Redemption 2. Missouri Fox Trotter’s are powerful horses with great stamina, but they also have good speed and a lively gait that will help Arthur travel long distances faster (and more comfortably). Missouri Fox Trotters come in Amber Champagne and Silver Dapple Pinto, which are both available for purchase at stables throughout the map.

2 Turkoman

Red Dead Redemption 2's Arthur riding the Turkoman Horse.

Another horse that’s good for both racing and working is the Turkoman breed. These horses have stellar health, stamina, and speed, meaning that they can handle long distances efficiently and also perform tasks like carriage pulling at the same time. These slender horses are also very agile, meaning that they handle very well. Their only downside is that they can get impatient, but this can be avoided as long as they don’t wait in one spot for too long.

Turkomans can be found in the Dark Bay, Gold, and Silver varieties, and all are available for purchase at stables. They will cost Arthur a pretty penny, and he may need to take advantage of the best ways to make money fast in Red Dead Redemption 2, but it’s well worth the sacrifice.

1 Arabian

Red Dead Redemption 2's Arthur riding the White Arabian Horse.

However, the Arabian breed is the best horse in RDR2. These horses’ fiery personalities make them hard to tame, but, once tamed, they’re a companion Arthur will want to keep until the game’s end. They have fantastic health, stamina, speed, and acceleration stats, and they are extremely intelligent. They also handle astonishingly well, are loyal to a fault, and are an absolute breeze to train.

Arabians are generally kept by the wealthiest people in the game, and they can cost over $1,000 each. The Black and Rose Gray Bay coats are available at stables, but the most stunning coat, the rare White Arabian, is only available in the wild. Regardless of their coats, though, there’s no question that Arabian horses are the best horses in Red Dead Redemption 2.

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