Bonding with your horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 is an important, but often overlooked, aspect of the game. Increasing your horse bonding level is relatively simple to do and can offer tremendous benefits during your time in the wild west.
Four levels of horse bonding are available in Red Dead Redemption 2 and each stage offers a few different perks. Level 1 will increase a horse's health and stamina. Level 2 grants players the ability to call their horses at greater distances during combat. Level 3 improves horse handling so they can walk over more treacherous terrain. Finally, reach Level 4 and your horse will be much harder for thieves to steal away from you.
Since each horse is unique, these levels don't translate from one to the next. That means if you purchase a new horse, you'll have to start the process all over again. It's highly recommended that you find a trusty steed that fits your liking before attempting to maximize your bond.
Improving the bond between Arthur and his horse isn't particularly difficult. In fact, the bond between them will naturally grow the more he rides. If you want to speed up the process, however, there are a few easy steps you can take.
Players should first make sure that their steed is always properly groomed. To do this, just walk on up to your four-legged friend and press the LT/L2 button to interact with it. From here, select the option to groom your horse. Grooming should be done whenever your horse starts to look a bit dirty — typically after long trips.
Speaking of long trips, you'll want to make sure your horse doesn't go hungry while out on the open road. Make sure to feed them at regular intervals, and don't be afraid to make camp for the night and rest if the horse is particularly sluggish. Overworked horses don't build bonds particularly well, so it's important to make sure they are always getting enough to eat and are well-rested during your travels.
When traveling, try not to push the horse too hard — that is, don't gallop the entire time. This is especially important if you are carrying heavy cargo, such as a pelt. Doing so is a surefire way to wear out your ride and degrade your overall bond.
At the end of the day, building a bond with your horse is an easy process. Groom it, feed it, don't wear it out, and don't put it in harm's way. Do these things, and you'll be best friends with your trust steed in no time.
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