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Red Dead Redemption 2: How to brush your horse

As any good cowboy knows, animal husbandry is the cornerstone to a wholesome life on the prairie.

Arthur Morgan and the gang aren’t really the settler type though, so it’s lucky that an equine friend is just as useful for outrunning the law as it is going for a nice stroll. Caring for your horses in Red Dead Redemption 2 not only keeps their coats clean and shiny, it also replenishes their health and stamina cores too.

Red Dead Redemption 2 comes to PC on November 5, and you can check out all the new horses being added here.

How to brush your horse in Red Dead Redemption 2

There are a few reasons to keep your horse’s mane and tail brushed in Red Dead Redemption 2.

First, brushing your horse isn’t just for show. Regular brushing will increase your bond with your horse, giving you access to special skills like rearing, skid turns and drifting. It doesn’t cost anything, so brushing is one of the quickest low-touch ways to bond with your noble steed.

Second, when your horse is dirty it damages its stamina core, meaning it’ll get tired more quickly. You’ll know this is happening because a red brush indicator will start to flash inside the horse’s stamina wheel.

Lastly, the horses in Red Dead Redemption 2 are super cute and look amazing - so brushing them is a great way to get up-close-and-personal to enjoy the animation of how they breathe and idle.

You can brush your horse both on horseback and on the ground.

On horseback:

  • Hold the left shoulder button (L1 on PS4) to open the weapon wheel.
  • Then press the right shoulder button (R1 on PS4) twice to get to the horse menu.
  • Hold the right stick over to the right to highlight your brush, then release the left shoulder button to use the item.

On the ground:

  • Move close to your horse and target it with the left trigger.(L2 on PS4)
  • Press left on the d-pad and you’ll brush your horse.
  • Keep pressing left to keep on brushing your horse continuously.

You gain access to the horse brush for free by completing Hosea’s quest Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego at the Horseshoe Overlook Camp in Chapter 2.

If you’re new to Red Dead Redemption 2, then check out our guides on how to upgrade your boys and arrows, how to level up and use Dead Eye and where to find the best horse as well as our guide on how to change horses.

You can also check out our guide to the best weapons in Red Dead Redemption 2. If you want to get rich quick, find a fence or want to know where to hunt legendary animals, then check out our complete Red Dead Redemption 2 guide here.

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