Red Dead Redemption 2 Wild Horse Breeds Locations Guide


In a world where public transportation isn't all that available (and more importantly, there are no cars!), horses are extremely important in Red Dead Redemption 2.

In this guide, we will cover all the wild horse breeds locations as well as some general tips that will help you catch and break wild horses.

Video Guide - All Wild Horse Locations

General Tips

Shortly after the game's first Chapter, players are able to not only improve their current horse's stats by bonding with it, but also to purchase new horses in Stables. There are a lot of different breeds in the game, so finding the best possible horse is a fun, but money and time-consuming, activity.

New horses in Red Dead Redemption 2 can be obtained in a variety of ways. Not counting purchasing them in Stables, it's possible to steal them or catch wild ones that can be found roaming all over the map. Stealing horses is not really advisable, as you also need to "take care of" any witnesses to prevent getting reported to the law and increasing your bounty. So if you don't have much money, catching wild horses is the way to go if you're looking for a better steed to accompany you through the game.

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In total there are 15 different wild horse breeds in Red Dead Redemption 2, six of them being rare breeds. The regular breeds can be encountered in multiple locations, but there are areas where the spawn rate is higher and so it's easier to come across them. The six rare breeds, which are among the best horses in the game, can only be encountered in specific locations. They also have a very low spawn chance, so you may need to return to the area more than once to make them appear.

Catching and taming wild horses in rather straightforward in Red Dead Redemption 2. Once you find a horse you like in the wild, take out the lasso and use it on the horse while in range. If the horse is trying to get away, mount your current horse.

Once a wild horse has been lassoed, you need to get close to it. Keep L2/LT pressed to keep the horse lassoed, and then use the Calm option when it becomes available. Continue using it until the horse has visibly calmed down to mount it.

Once a wild horse has been mounted, it's time to break it. To do it, you need to move the left stick in the opposite direction of the horse's movement. After a short while, the game will notify you of your success. You can also move the saddle to the new horse if you want to take it your main horse.

Regular Breeds

Wild American Paint

The Wild American Paint can be found in the southern part of the map, in an area to the south of Tumbleweed and to the north of the gap between the "N" and "E" in New Austin, to the north of the road. This area of the map can only be accessed late in the game.

Wild American Standardbred

The Wild American Standardbred can be found more often in an area to the north of Valley View, right by the river.

Wild Appaloosa

The Wild Appaloosa is usually found to the west of Donner Falls, which are located to the north of the Bacchus Bridge. The Appaloosa is actually a very good horse race in Red Dead Redemption 2, so you may want to bond with one to increase its stats and get yourself a very trusty steed.

Wild Hungarian Halfbred

The Wild Hungarian Halfbred can be found near the city of Blackwater. Specifically, this wild horse breed spawns more often in an open area to the southeast of Fort Riggs, right past the river. The best area to find this horse breed is by a cliff.

Wild Kentucky Saddler

The Wild Kentucky Saddler spawns more often in the open area found to the east of Manzanita Post. If there are no horses around when you reach the area, simply camp, make some time pass and try again.

Wild Morgan

The Wild Morgan can be found more often in the same area where the Wild American Standardbred spawns, to the north of Valley View, near the river past the road.

Wild Mustang

The Wild Mustang can be found in an area located in the gap between the "L" and "A" in The Heartlands on the map, to the east of Oil Derrick. There's another breed that spawns more often in the area, so make sure to study the horse before attempting to catch it.

Wild Nokota

Like the Wild American Paint, the Wild Nokota can only be caught late in the game, as it's best spawning location is found in the New Austin area. The Wild Nokota can be found to the south of Armadillo, in the open area found in the gap between the "S" and "T" in New Austin on the map.

Wild Tennessee Walker

The Wild Tennessee Walker can be found more often in an area located to the east of Oil Derrick, in the gap between the "L" and "A" in The Heartlands on the map.

Rare Breeds

Unlike the other wild horse breeds, the Rare Breeds, the Tiger Striped Bay Wild Mustang and the White Wild Arabian, only spawn in very specific locations. Their spawn rate is also considerably lower than regular wild horse breeds, so you may have to come back to their locations multiple times.

Tiger Striped Bay Wild Mustang

The Tiger Striped Bay Wild Mustang can only be caught in during the late game, as its only spawn location is found in the southern part of the map. The horse can be found in the open area directly to the west of the Rio del Lobo Rock.

This area is also the same one where one of the Legendary Animals can be found.

The Tiger Striped Bay Wild Mustang is an excellent horse, but there's no comparison with the White Wild Arabian, especially since this rare Mustang can be obtained only when the main campaign is almost over.

White Wild Arabian

The White Wild Arabian is, without a doubt, the best horse race of Red Dead Redemption 2 and, as such, it requires some effort to catch.

This horse breed spawns near Lake Isabella, near the northwestern shore of the lake. As the area features snow, it's sometimes difficult to spot the horse.

The best thing about the White Wild Arabian horse is not only its speed, the fastest among all wild horses, but also the fact that you can capture the animal as soon as Chapter 2 begins, as the area can be accessed without any particular issue.

Few-Spotted Appaloosa

The Few-Spotted Appaloosa is one of the rarest horses in the game and it will be time consuming to attempt to come across one.

You can find the horse at any one of the Appaloosa spawn locations and it will randomly spawn among the Appaloosa herds. You can refer to the locations shown below on map where you can find these herds.

If you go to New Hanover and check right below the letter "H" of "NEW HANOVER", you may come across one NPC campsite. You can also find the horse there. Some other locations include the Lavender fields near Hanging Dog Ranch, all the way to the west near Little Creek River; also just north of Cattail pond in Grizzlies West, near the Wapiti Reservation just below the letter "R" of "AMBARINO"; and of course the NPC camp mentioned earlier at New Hanover near the oilfield.

If you are in the epilogue you can also find a herd of Appaloosa at Cholla Springs at New Austin. The herd is above the letter "A" of the word "NEW AUSTIN" and just below the letters "LLA" of "CHOLLA SPRINGS".

Perlino Andalusian

A Perlino Andalusian can be found north of Annesburg by the Brandywine Drop water fall. The horse will be just below the letter "R" of "ROANOKE RIDGE" beside the Roanoke Valley.

Red Chestnut Arabian

This horse is easily found to the west of Owanjila. It will be in the open area near the Pagan Ritual site where you get to inspect the bones.

Warped Brindle Arabian

The Warped Brindle Arabian is found in the mountains just above Wapiti Indian reservation. You need to go above the mountains at the reservations and the horse will be there. Be careful when you are scaling the mountain as well as when breaking the horse, as you might fall down easily by slipping off the mountain. For your reference, the location of the horse is slightly above the name "WAPITI INDIAN RESERVATION" on the map.


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