Horse Bonding is a mechanic of Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2). Each Horse has 4 bonding levels, and each level will give special benefits to gameplay. If you are after the Trophy or Achievement, it is advisable to stick to one horse until you attain max level.
Horse Bonding in RDR2
Bonding Level Benefits
Bonding level and progress can be reviewed by clicking Options (pause), then navigating to Player > Horse > Bonding.
Stat and General
- Improved Stamina and Health for your mount
- Call your horse during combat, and from further away
- Horse bravery increases, allowing you to ride through more difficult terrain
- Horse loyalty increases, making it harder to steal
- Bonding Level 1: Default level
- Bonding Level 2: Reading - Press square while holding R1
- Bonding Level 3: Stop or Turn - While moving, press and hold R1 and X and your horse will stop or turn.
- Bonding Level 4: Piaffe & Drift - While moving, hold square to Piaffe, and use the Left Stick to drift.
How to Bond with Your Horse
- Feeding: You can obtain horse feed from Stables, and must watch out not to overfeed the mount. To feed the horse, select the item from your Weapon Wheel when on or near the mount.
- Reassuring: Horses get riled up when enemies are nearby. Click L3 to pat your mount when sitting on it to reassure it.
- Grooming: When your horse gets dirty, assisting it with cleaning will net you bonding points. Get near your horse on foot and press L2 to inspect the mount and groom it.
- Good Riding: Spending quality time with your horse is key to bonding. Simply ride your horse quietly such as you do when you engage Automatic Horse Travel.