Now that Red Dead Redemption 2 is available for PC, it’s time to get your cowboy on with the best-looking version available. But you’ll also want to take good care of your horse, as it’ll take good care of you throughout your journey. And that means buying the proper saddle.
There are some decent ones to choose from, but you’ll want to invest in some quality ones, as they can improve in different areas, including stamina regeneration and core HP.
Not to worry, though, as we have a few suggestions that will help you find that proper ride. You may need to spend a bit of money, but these are certainly worth it.
The Best General Saddles in Red Dead Redemption 2
First, there’s the Stenger Roping saddle, which goes for $47.00 in the stock model, or $89.00 with improvements. Right after that, you’ll find two Gerden saddles to choose from. The Vaquero saddle will run you back $51.00 in stock, or $85.00 in improved. The second, the Gerden Trail saddle, may not sound like much, but it delivers key performance. It goes for $48.00 stock, or $80.00 improved.
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!
Red Dead Redemption 2 is available now for PC, as well as Xbox One and PlayStation 4.