Taking care of your horse is essential in Red Dead Redemption 2. It will be your constant companion throughout your journey. Part of taking care of your horse is getting a good saddle for them. Saddles can improve different stats for your horse like HP and stamina. Saddles can be costly, but they are well worth it. Here are the best all-around saddles currently available in the game.
The Best General Saddles in Red Dead Redemption 2
The Gerden Vaquero costs $85.00 and has good overall stats. The stamina drain and stamina regen rate have 16% boosts while the core drain rate for health has a 14% boost. The saddle is designed to be fairly well balanced between all of the available stats and is good for all-around use. It isn’t particularly great for any one stat but isn’t suffering anywhere either. This saddle can do well on just about any horse regardless of the base stats it has.
The Gerden Trail Saddle costs $80.00 and has similar stats to the Vaquero saddle. The big difference is that it has a lower health drain stat of 12% but a higher stamina drain stat of 18%. This is the saddle to choose if your main focus is going to be on stamina. If stamina is a big problem for you or if you haven’t done much in the way of bonding with your current horse, this saddle is a solid choice.
This saddle flips the stat changes of the Gerden Trail saddle. It has a focus on health with a health drain rate of 18%, a stamina regen of 16%, and a stamina drain rate of 12%. It costs $78.00 and is good if you need plenty of health for a good quick getaway.
When it comes to general performance, all three of these are excellent. The Gerden Trail is best with core stamina drain, but the Stenger Roping is ideal for Core HP, and all three are about right with stamina regeneration. Keep in mind these are for stock models.
As you make improvements, however, their performance will nearly double in all areas. In fact, with the Gerden Trail, you’ll see a well-over-half increase in both core stamina drain and core HP drain. The Stenger Roping pushes up in all key areas as well. So look for core improvements while you can.
If you’re not ready to invest in these types of saddles, there are others available through Stables. Other good choices include the Kneller Dakota, the Kneller Mother Hubbard, the Lumley McLelland, and the awesome-sounding Rattlesnake Vaquero. These each have benefits in the three key areas mentioned above, so see which one’s right for you. They’re all adequate fits for your horse.
Also, keep in mind that the saddle isn’t the only thing you can modify on your ride. There are other components, as well. For instance, a saddlebag can enable you to bring more gear along. There’s a standard one that goes for $12, or you can go all out and purchase an upgraded one for $40. That’s the best way to go when it comes to keeping tabs on your items.
Stirrups can help improve horse performance as well. There are lower-end ones, like the Fillies and the Baroque stirrups, that are dirt cheap — around $10 to $12.50. But by spending more, like on the Tapaderos and Hooded stirrups, around $32 to $36 — you get an increase in speed/acceleration rate, as well as better core drain values for your horse.
You can also equip your ride with a saddle horn, ranging in price between $7.50 and $18.75, depending on what you think looks best. And you can also provide a little better comfort with blankets and bedrolls. They vary in price, with different types, ranging from Cotorra to Millesani to Nekoti Rock. They aren’t entirely necessary, but maybe you want to look nice on your steed.
Finally, there are a few Bedrolls to look at as well. They’re pretty cheap, anywhere between $5.50 and $8.25, with three general ones to choose from — Wool, Padded Wool and Canvas. It’s up to you what you want to go with.
But the focus here should be on the saddle, as that’ll get you going into getting the most out of your loyal steed. Start small, make that money, and then see what others can do for you!
Original guide by Adelaide Weiss, update by Davy Davison