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Best Horses in Red Dead Online

Have you ridden any of the fastest horses in Red Dead Online?

Although trains, steamboats, trolleys, and hot air balloons are all available in Red Dead Redemption 2, horses are still the most common and most reliable mode of transportation in the game. You can never go wrong with a fast, dependable horse that you have bonded with throughout your adventures.

Even in the game, not all horses are made equal. They often differ in size, appearance, temperament, speed, and acceleration. With over 19 different breeds and dozens of coats available, you have a wide range of options to find the right horse for you. Even horses of the same breed often differ in speed and acceleration stats.

If you are looking to find your loyal steed, check out our detailed guide on the best horses in Red Dead Online.

Red Dead Redemption 2

An image of the characters from Red Dead Redemption 2.

After the success of 2010’s Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar released Red Dead Redemption 2 as a prequel. Developed and published by Rockstar Games, it is the third installment in the Red Dead franchise and continues to occur in the Wild West.

Set in 1899, the game follows the adventures of the outlaw Arthur Morgan in a fictional version of the United States. Arthur travels with the infamous Van der Linde gang that is in constant conflict with the government, rival gangs, and other enemies. The previous installment’s main character, John Marston, also appears in the game as a member of that same gang.

The gameplay uses either first or third-person perspective, with the ability to use scopes for several weapons. The open-world environment allows you to explore the turn of the century in the United States. There are countless side quests, non-playable character (NPC) interactions, crime, and other activities like fishing, hunting, and foraging that you can do.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has quickly become a top-tier game in sales, players, and critical reception. Many players and critics now consider it one of the best video games of all time. Media outlets consistently gave it near-perfect to perfect scores across the board. As of 2022, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the 12th best-selling video game, with more than 39 million copies sold worldwide.

Red Dead Online

An image of Red Dead Online.

Red Dead Online is the online multiplayer component of Red Dead Redemption 2. It was first made available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A few months later, it was released for Microsoft Windows and Stadia as well. In 2020, a standalone client was released for Red Dead Online to make it easier for players to get on.

You can create your player and edit their appearance to your liking in Red Dead Online. You will play as someone who was recently broken out of prison after being framed for murder. His unexpected saviors then demand that he seek revenge on the true murderer in exchange for his freedom.

Although it is the online multiplayer version, Red Dead Online still has a storyline that you can progress through. You can choose to work alone or with up to six other players as you explore the open-world environment and go on the many missions and activities in the game. Players can go hunting, fishing, do crime, and get in shootouts against the government or bounty hunters. Of course, horseback riding is still the best and most common way to get around the game’s massive map.

If you want to gain an advantage against other players and NPCs in Red Dead Online, you will need a fast, reliable horse to get you places. A good horse will let you escape the authorities very quickly or even catch other players and criminals with ease.

Best Horses in Red Dead Online

An image of one of the best horses in Red Dead Online.

There 19 horse breeds available in Red Dead Online. To add to that, even horses of the same breed often still differ in base speed and acceleration stats, with few exceptions. Just like in Red Dead Redemption 2, bonding with your horse increases their stats and makes them easier to call to you.

Unlike  Red Dead Redemption 2, you cannot catch a horse and put a saddle on it. In Red Dead Online, you will have to purchase horses using in-game currency. Horses do not die permanently in this version. You can use a Horse Reviver or wait until they recover.

Because you will be spending a large chunk of your time in-game on horseback, we have decided to list the best horses in Red Dead Online that you will want to get.

Red Chestnut Arabian

An image of the Red Chestnut Arabian.

Price: $250

The Arabian Red Chestnut is a great affordable horse for beginners. This is a fast horse with Elite-level handling. At its price point of $250, you can probably afford to buy the Arabian Red Chestnut early on.

You can rely on this horse to do its job until you have saved enough money to get one of the top-tier horses later on.

Hungarian Halfbred

An image of the Hungarian Halfbred.

Price: $130

If you are looking for a very early horse to get, the Hungarian Halfbred is worth more than its low price. You can buy this horse once you get to level 24, which is much earlier than going for the best horses in the game.

You can rely on the Hungarian Halfbred as your main horse for more than 30 levels while you save for a premium steed.

Missouri Fox Trotter

An image of the Missouri Fox Trotter in Red Dead Online.

Price: $950

The Missouri Fox Trotter is the most expensive horse in the game. Although you may have to spend every penny you have, this horse is worth it. It has the highest speed and stamina in the game. That means you can outrun and outlast any other horse literally without fail.

If you prefer pure power to race in open fields, the Missouri Fox Trotter should be your top choice.


An image of the White Arabian horse in Red Dead Online.

Price: $850

This is without a doubt the best overall horse in Red Dead Online. The Arabian is beautiful and impressive to watch as it outruns everyone in the game. While slightly slower at maximum speed than the Missouri Fox Trotter, it has better acceleration and has Elite-level handling. This makes it much easier to maneuver in tight spaces and turn corners very well.

If you are looking for the single best horse in the game, the Arabian is your only choice.

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