Your horse will become your most valuable ally and companion as you play through Red Dead Redemption 2.
While you can travel everywhere by foot if you wish, it’s not really practical – your horse is much faster at getting you from point A to point B. Also, good luck escaping rival gang members and the long arm of the law without it.
To get the most out of your horse, you’re going to have to bond with for a number of hours. By bonding with your horse you’ll increase both its health and stamina, as well as learn some new manoeuvres to show off with. Basically, you’ll find your horse more suited for travelling long distances at speed, and also able to take more damage before being downed.
To bond with your horse, frequently give it some attention. Lock onto it with your left trigger and give it a pat, or maybe even give it a brush. When you’re out exploring, calm it down if it gets spooked by predators by pressing in the left analogue stick. And keep your horse clean; either brush it or take it through water if it gets dirty. The performance of your horse will be negatively affected otherwise.
Keeping your horse well-fed is also important. If your horse’s health gets low, feed it some fruit or hay. You really don’t want your horse dying on you, and once they’re gone that’s it, you’ve got to start over again with a new one. With that in mind, it’s worth carrying some horse reviver with you wherever you go, just in case your horse does get seriously injured. You won’t always be able to save it, but you’ll be thankful when you accidentally fall off a cliff and your horse is on the brink of death.
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