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It's hard to weigh the merits of buying a horse when I have no idea how they compare to the one I already have. Am I missing something?

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There are only three horses worth investing in.

  • Kentucky Saddler (avg speed, avg damage resistance)
  • Hungarian Half-Bred (slower speed, higher damage resistance)
  • American Standardbred (faster speed, lower damage resistance)

The speed and damage resistance noted are in relation to each other, when comparing these horse to any other in the game all three have higher speed and damage resistance.

Screenshots of the different horses allow you to determine which one you currently have because all the horses of a certain breed have the same color patterns, or you can compare what's in the store to what you have.

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@Jonm I upvoted all three answers so far. Yours is the best, but lacks info on how I can tell if I already have one of those three. Can you add the info on that (from @Beska's and/or @Holyman's answer below- and I'd encourage you to up-vote them for it)? Then I can accept yours and it'll be complete. – Jaydles Aug 27 '10 at 13:46

If your curious about the different horse breeds, offers all the stats for each breed of horse. Screenshots of the different horses allow you to determine which one you currently have and if you really want to pony up the money for a better one. It also has locations in the wild to show you where to catch the horse, if you have not yet unlocked the deed for that particular horse.

The site also shows horses that can not be bought or caught such as the Dark horse and the pre-order War horse.

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The War Horse that was originally only available as a perk from Pre-Ordering Red Dead Redemption, is now available via Xboxlive Marketplace for 80pts. I can not speak for this option in the PS3 world. – DavidGrove Aug 1 '11 at 19:22

I believe that it is the case that all the horses of a certain breed have the same color patterns. So if you're looking for a particular horse, you can go scouting for one, and when you see the right color pattern, you should be good to go. For instance, I believe that the all white horse is the Hungarian Half-Bred.

Conversely, if you're curious about the horse you have, you can go to a store, and compare the horses they have available with yours...if you read the descriptions you can find the one that matches yours. Roughly speaking, the price will reflect the overall value. (This won't take minor differences into Jon mentions, there are three horses that sell for $750, and they have slightly different statistics from each other...but all are better than their $250 or $500 counterparts).

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