Red Dead Redemption 2 How to Catch, Break & Tame a Wild Horse

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by AOTF Staff

Red Dead Redemption 2 has a ton of different horse breeds in the game including wild horses which can be caught and tamed.  Some you can purchase at the Stables found in the game, but others are rare breeds with unique coats that can only be found out in the wild.  Finding wild horses in Red Dead Redemption 2 is pretty easy, just keep an eye open when you’re out and about in the wilderness.

Once you catch a horse out in the wild you’re going to need to break and tame it before you can ride it and keep it as your own.  First things first, when you see a horse in the wild or a group of horses, you’re going to want to equip your lasso.  The lasso is given to you pretty early in the game so you can start catching horses and taming them right away.

The lasso can be found in the weapon wheel and can be accessed by pressing LB and then rotating to the bottom left part of the wheel.  If the lasso is not shown, you’ll need to press the RT or LT buttons to scroll to the lasso.  Once you’ve got the lasso in hand, you can use it by holding the LT and then pressing the RT to swing the rope.  When you let go of the RT you will throw the lasso wherever you are pointing it.

Like other weapons, you’ll know the lasso is going to hit its target if the aiming marker turns red.  Sometimes, when a horse is running away from you it will be hard to rope them.  Just keep chasing them until they get a little tired or back themselves into a corner.  Once you’ve got the horse on the rope, you can then press X to calm them as you slowly approach.  Once you get near enough to the horse you can mount them by pressing the Y button.

Once you mount a horse for the first time it will try to buck you off and you’ll need to play a mini-game if you want to break the horse, tame it, and be able to ride it.  You’ll hold back on the left stick and then also need to counter its bucking motion.  If it bucks you off during this process you’ll likely need to start over from the beginning and capture, calm, and break it all over again.

- This article was updated on October 27th, 2018