How to Feed the Horse in Red Dead Redemption 2

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How to Feed the Horse in Red Dead Redemption 2

How to Feed the Horse in Red Dead Redemption 2

The rocky landscape of Red Dead Redemption 2 is vast, and exploring it on foot would need a tremendous effort. However, fortunately, the player has his accompanying horse for such endeavors.

As the horse is your main mode of transportation in the game, one of the most crucial components of Red Dead Redemption 2 is bonding with the horse to tame it, as well as taking care of its health and stamina by feeding it. This post will show you how to feed your horse. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of Rockstar Games’ most successful commercial releases. It is recognized as one of the most critically acclaimed gaming sequels, and it significantly improves upon its predecessor.

Moreover, it has innovative gaming elements, as well as an interesting story campaign, that revolves around undertaking challenging quests and hunting diverse animal types across a huge map.

To take care of your horse, it is important that you keep it fed and nourished. Fortunately, feeding your horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 is a very easy task.

You can select what kind of food you want to feed your horse through the menu. The most nutritious diet for your horse is giving it horse hays regularly.

Feed the Horse: How to feed your horse in Red Dead Redemption 2

Regularly having to keep your horse’s nutrition in check in case it is malnourished can be quite monotonous, but it’s also a very easy and simple task. You can either feed the horse any random food item from the inventory or choose what you want to feed it.

Just press and hold L2/LT while standing next to your horse to feed it quickly.

Simply push right on the d-pad while standing close to the horse, and the player will pull an appropriate food from your inventory to feed your horse.

You can also choose a food item manually by riding your horse and pressing L1/LB if you’re already on its back. Release the L1/LB keys once the item is highlighted and the player will feed the horse.

It is also essential that you do not overfeed your horse, as it can cause it to become overweight. Although, underfeeding the horse will negatively impact its health and stamina more.

Importance of Feeding the Horse in Red Dead Redemption 2

If you want to enjoy a long journey on Red Dead Redemption 2 with your horse, it is important that you take care of it for it to be an efficient mode of transportation.

By taking care of your horse and feeding it regularly, you can develop and increase your bond with it, which will unlock additional powers.

Bonding with your new companion happens naturally when you go on travel together, but it can speed up if you feed it on time, brush it, and take care of it overall. 

Not only will it increase the horse’s stamina and health, but you can also unlock a total of four bonding levels with bonuses as you increase your bond with your horse. Starting with bonding level 1, you can enjoy the additional abilities with each new level as listed below:

Bonding 2: When standing still, you can press R1/RB + Square/X to the back.

Bonding 3: Press R1/RB + X/A to do a skid turn or halt while moving.

Bonding 4: You can execute a piaffe while holding Square/X. You can move the L3/Left stick to the right or left to drift while holding the previous keys.

When and What to Feed the Horse

Once you have figured out how to feed the horse, you might wonder what food is more nutritious for the horse.

Horse hay is one of the best items to feed your horse regularly to keep it healthy. You can also feed it oak cakes, apples, or carrots.

You can also find wild green grass to feed your horse but it won’t be as nutritious as horse hay and other food items.

So if you want your horse to have its essential nutritions fulfilled, you need to make sure that you are feeding it horse hay or oak cakes regularly as required. The other food items just come as a bonus for your horse’s stamina.

Knowing when to feed your horse can be tricky, but it is ideal to feed it twice a day or before you start any journey for your mission. Good quality food items can keep your horse fed for a longer time.


As we discussed, feeding your horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 is a simple yet important task. It will not only restore your horse’s health and stamina, but you can also unlock more abilities by developing your bond with your horse.

Now that you know how to develop a healthy relationship with your traveling partner, your journey will become significantly easier. If you want to learn more about this vast world of Red Ded Redemption, check out some other guides below.

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