Red Dead Redemption 2: How To Keep A Horse Before Unlocking The Stables

If you’ve found yourself a horse but haven’t unlocked the stables yet, this is how you can keep it after Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego.

The stables will only unlock after Arthur goes hunting with Hosea during Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego. During this mission, Hosea tells Arthur they’re going to visit a stable to sell a Shire horse to buy a new one.

If you’ve obtained a temporary horse, that you prefer over the default Tennessee Walker that’s marked as “Arthur’s Horse” it can be tricky to make it so the temporary horse doesn’t despawn during this mission. We’ve various alternatives during this mission, and here’s the best way to keep your temporary horse.

Make It Your Main Horse

Although not always, temporary horses can despawn during this mission, even if hitched at camp. So, if you’ve kept an O’Driscoll’s horse or Benedict Allbright’s Hungarian Half-bred, it will most likely despawn if the game considers it Arthur’s temporary horse.

There will be casualties during this process. Unfortunately, the game doesn’t allow the player to remove a horse’s saddle unless it dies. So, here is what you need to do:

  • Kill the Tennessee Walker
  • Remove its saddle
  • Place the saddle on the horse you want to keep

After following these steps, it should now say “Arthur’s Horse” in the map’s legend instead of “Temporary Horse”.

Speak To Hosea And Complete The Mission

You can speak to Hosea and proceed with Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego. During the mission, the horse shouldn’t appear on your minimap.

Its icon will disappear once Hosea makes you remove its saddle so you can place it on the Shire. Follow Hosea and complete the mission.

Get Your Horse Back

Once you’ve finished the mission, go back to camp. You’ll notice that your former main horse won’t be at Horseshoe Overlook.

If instead, you’ve tried to do this by hitching your temporary horse at camp, it may or may not be there. After testing this several times with different variables (a horse with a saddle, a horse with no saddle, a horse with level 2 friendship, hitched, not hitched) it is unknown why sometimes the temporary horse will despawn from camp.

In order to get back your trusty steed, you need to do as follows:

  • Go back to Valentine
  • Head to the stable
  • Check the “Manage Owned Horses” menu

Here you will find your two horses, the one you bought earlier and your initial horse, the one you wanted to keep. At the stable, players can change a horse’s name, customize its looks and accessories.

NEXT: Red Dead Redemption 2: All You Need To Know About Bonding With Your Horse

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Ashely Claudino is a translator, writer, and above-all someone with a lot of love for video games. She has a Translation degree, which she obtained at the University of Lisbon in 2020. During her internship at the National Museum of Natural History and Science, she worked as a translator and editor. Now, Ashely translates indies for fun and writes about video games.

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