Red Dead Redemption 2 Change Horse & Remove Saddle - How to

Changing horses and removing the saddle in RDR 2 are important gameplay mechanics in the game. In fact, removing the saddle and changing your main horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 are tightly connected with each other. Another gameplay mechanic that’s tightly knit with the previous two is saving horses in the stables to not lose your bonding progress. Since these mechanics are pretty key for the game, our Red Dead Redemption 2 Change Horse & Remove Saddle will explain all three mechanics.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Change Horse & Remove Saddle - How to
Red Dead Redemption 2 Change Horse & Remove Saddle – How to

How to Remove Saddle in RDR2?

To remove the saddle from your horse in Red Dead Redemption 2, you first have to approach your horse. From there, hit and hold L2 to bring up the menu for the horse options. Then, you’ll have to press up on the D-pad to remove the saddle from the horse. The game will explain this mechanic during Chapter 2, and the quest that Hosea gives you. At the very beginning of the quest, the game will show you almost step by step. Removing the saddle is a pretty important mechanic when switching your horse. Which brings us to our next segment.

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How to Change Horse – Red Dead Redemption 2

To change your main horse in RDR2, you first have to take your saddle off of the one you’ve been using up until that point. We described how to do that above. After you’ve removed the saddle, approach the horse that you want to switch to. The game will then prompt you to hold the Up arrow on the D-pad to saddle up your new horse. Now, there’s a bit of a potential problem here. When you saddle up a new horse, what will happen with the horse that you’ve been riding and bonding with up until now? You definitely don’t want to lose all of that progress. Well, it’s simple enough; you can store your old horse in a stable. How do you do that? Let’s break it down.

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RDR2 How to Save Horse

To save your horse at a stable, ride into one of the stables that you’ve discovered so far. Once there, the game will ask you whether you want to sell your horse or stable your horse. When you get that prompt, hit Triangle (or your Xbox equivalent) to save your horse to the stable. Just keep in mind that you can store more than three horses at a time in a stable. So, you’ll have to keep score as to which horses you’ve saved where.

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If, on the other hand, you’ve been wondering about how to save your horse from death, we’ve got you covered with our Red Dead Redemption 2 How to Revive Your Horse. We’ve also got a bunch of other Red Dead Redemption guides, including Equip Bandana Bug – Horse Flesh For Dinner, Dappled Black Thoroughbred Preorder Bonus Location, Horse Brush – Clean Dirty Horse, and many others.

If you end up getting stuck at another point, you might want to check out some of the other guides we have. We've written about mysteries like the missing person Gavin, the Rhodes Gunsmith prisoner, the locked door at Valentine doctor. We also have instructional guides that show how to rob stores without getting bounty or where to sell jewelry and gold bars. If it's collectibles or key items you're after, we've found all the Penny Dreadful comic books, Chick's treasure map location, or that famous pipe for Dutch. Finally, if you don't care to explore the map yourself, you could take a look at our Watson's Cabin and Catfish Jackson's Homestead locations guides. In the latest Red Dead Online Moonshiners Update you'll have a chance to find Navy Revolver and Best Shack Locations.

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  1. C

    When I try to remove my saddle on the bear hunting mission with Hosea, it will not remove it goes to menu. I’m following the instructions it just will not work. Had this happened to anyone else ?

  2. S

    So those of us that play on a PC are screwed because you only give controls for consoles. Lovely…

  3. N
    Nicole Wiedel

    I have seen a few RDR2 videos where the characters main horse as a different kind of bit in his/hers mouth. How would you change it?

    1. F

      They change with the saddles, you can’t change them yourself, HTH

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