Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the greatest open-world titles of all time, featuring the skills of Rockstar's brilliant minds at their very peak. Never has there been an open-world title that felt so lush, vibrant, realistic, and downright fun to traverse, whether on foot or on horseback. However, the beauty of this world truly shines the brightest when you decide to grab a horse and roam around the countryside.

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So, it goes without saying that people would want to figure out the best way possible to optimize their journeys on horseback and make the act of traversing through the world as painless as possible. Saddles become exceedingly important in this regard, offering a wealth of benefits that aid the horse - and, as a result, the player - when it comes to improving their stats.

People who want to grab the best saddles possible for their steed should keep an eye out for the following options in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Updated on October 28, 2021, by Ritwik Mitra: Red Dead Redemption 2 is a game that needs no introduction. Rockstar Games has developed what most people consider to be their magnum opus, with the strong narrative and characters of this game making its world feel all the more alive. Of course, horseback riding is also a major part of roaming around Red Dead Redemption 2's world, and here are some of the best saddles in the game that will make traversal an absolute breeze.

10 Gerden Vaquero Saddle (Stock)

Red Dead Redemption 2 Arthur with a Lancaster repeater on a horse
  • Core Stamina Drain: -8%
  • Core HP Drain: -6%
  • Stamina Regen: 8%
  • Cost: $51

One rule that you must keep in mind when it comes to the saddles in Red Dead Redemption 2 is that the Stock variants are bound to be disappointing. The stats of these saddles are nowhere near as good as the improved variants and will almost always disappoint.

That being said, there are still some benefits that can be enjoyed from certain Stock saddles with decent stats. The Gerden Vaquero Saddle is one such item that can satisfy your horseriding needs up till a certain point, after which you'll need to figure out other better saddles to try out.

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9 Stenger Roping Saddle (Stock)

red dead 2 arthur morgan on a horse
  • Core Stamina Drain: -4%
  • Core HP Drain: -10%
  • Stamina Regen: 8%
  • Cost: $48

Losing a horse is always a horrible prospect in Red Dead Redemption 2. This is especially true for players who have developed a bond with their horse, only to find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place when they end up taking an errant turn without any Horse Revivers on them.

This is why saddles that reduce Core HP Drain are so important to preserve the longevity of your horse. The Stenger Roping Saddle is especially useful in this regard, boasting the highest bonus in terms of Core HP Drain as opposed to all the other Stock saddles in the game.

8 Gerden Trail Saddle (Stock)

Looking at a sunset in Red Dead Redemption 2 with a horse
  • Core Stamina Drain: -10%
  • Core HP Drain: -4%
  • Stamina Regen: 8%
  • Cost: $48

It goes without saying that the major reason why you'd want a trusty steed is to roam quickly around the countryside and not face too many frustrations. The Gerden Trail Saddle is pretty useful in this regard, with its Stock variant also being surprisingly useful early on in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Having the ability to sprint for extended periods of time does wonders when it comes to improving the feeling of traversal in this game. Being forced to wait while your horse catches its breath is the exact opposite of fun and should be avoided as much as possible.

7 Lumley McClelland Saddle (Improved)

Red Dead Online Plains Horse Race
  • Core Stamina Drain: -14%
  • Core HP Drain: -12%
  • Stamina Regen: 12%
  • Cost: $70

The Lumley McClelland Saddle features rather balanced stats on all fronts and is a fine saddle for your steed to sport in Red Dead Redemption 2. Just keep in mind that, even with the impressive stats of this particular item, there are better saddles that Arthur's horse can wear in the game.

When it comes to the best saddles in Red Dead Redemption 2, each and every featured one is an improved variant. This is important since the base saddles don't have nearly enough stats required to be game-changers for Arthur's steed.

6 Kneller Mother Hubbard Saddle (Improved)

Kneller Mother Hubbard Saddle in Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Core Stamina Drain: -12%
  • Core HP Drain: -14%
  • Stamina Regen: 12%
  • Cost: $65

The idea of reducing a horse's stamina drain might sound great for players who want to traverse the countryside without having to wait too long. However, keep in mind that a horse that dies will never come back to Arthur.

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This can prove to be quite a pain, especially when you have no horse revivers. In this case, it's better for the player to use any means possible to restore a horse's HP, including equipping saddles like the Kneller Mother Hubbard Saddle that reduces HP drain.

5 Kneller Dakota Saddle (Improved)

Kneller Dakota Saddle in Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Core Stamina Drain: -14%
  • Core HP Drain: -12%
  • Stamina Regen: 12%
  • Cost: $70

The Kneller Dakota Saddle is another valuable piece of equipment that players can place on their horses. It improves all stats by a marginal amount and makes for a decent saddle for those who can't be bothered with seeking out the best equipment possible for each and every thing in the game.

That being said, money becomes a non-issue as you go through the game. So, having to replace this saddle with another isn't exactly the most wasteful thing you can do in the game.

4 Lumley Ranch Cutter Saddle (Improved)

Lumley Ranch Cutter Saddle in Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Core Stamina Drain: -12%
  • Core HP Drain: -14%
  • Stamina Regen: 14%
  • Cost: $75

The Lumley Ranch Cutter Saddle is another serviceable saddle that people can take instead of the Kneller Dakota Saddle, particularly if they want a greater reduction in Core HP Drain. It's certainly one of the better saddles in Red Dead Redemption 2, although it isn't exactly remarkable.

With those four Improved variants out of the way, it's time to talk about the three best saddles in Red Dead Redemption 2. Any player who ends up grabbing one of these three saddles will find their experience with the game to be significantly improved.

3 Stenger Roping Saddle (Improved)

Stenger Roping Saddle in Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Core Stamina Drain: -16%
  • Core HP Drain: -12%
  • Stamina Regen: 14%
  • Cost: $72

Most players want to absolutely breeze through Red Dead Redemption 2's open-world on their horse without stopping for their steed to catch their breath. In this regard, the Stenger Roping Saddle can prove to be a godsend.

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This saddle can be an excellent companion for players who wish to streamline their journey through the world as much as possible. However, people who want to maximize each and every stat of their horse can opt for the two best saddles in the game instead.

2 Gerden Trail Saddle (Improved)

Red Dead Online - a Horse Rider in the Grasslands
  • Core Stamina Drain: -18%
  • Core HP Drain: -12%
  • Stamina Regen: 16%
  • Cost: $80

The Gerden Trail Saddle is fantastic. The fact that the base version already provides a ten percent decrease in a horse's stamina drain should make it infinitely clear as to why this saddle is coveted by so many players in Red Dead Redemption 2.

The improved Gerden Trail Saddle provides the highest reduction in core stamina drain out of all the saddles in the game. Players who purchase this saddle will find their journey throughout the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 to be fairly smooth with barely any moments of slowdown.

1 Gerden Vaquero Saddle (Improved)

Gerden Vaquero Saddle in Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Core Stamina Drain: -16%
  • Core HP Drain: -14%
  • Stamina Regen: 16%
  • Cost: $85

The Gerden Trail Saddle and Gerden Vaquero Saddle are fairly interchangeable. The former is better at reducing overall stamina drain, however, the latter's performance in that area is just slightly less and it also features lower HP drain as well.

People who want the best saddle in the game with balanced stat bonuses should go for the Gerden Vaquero Saddle. The fact that it looks slightly better than the other Gerden Saddle variant is a notable bonus as well.

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