In the Epilogue, I dismounted well outside of Shady Belle to avoid my horse getting injured in the fight.

I got killed in the gunfight but, when my game reloaded, my horse had been replaced with a Tennessee Walker.

I figured it was a glitch since my horse was not harmed in the battle. So I went to Saint Denis stables to retrieve my horse and -- sure enough -- it's not there.

It's annoying because there's no logical reason why the game would kill my horse in that situation.

I'd love some feedback on this specific issue.

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    What kind of "feedback" are you looking for? Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 22:28
  • Is this a known issue? Should your primary horse vanish from the game just because your character dies? Can this be prevented in the future?
    – Tony Rush
    Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 22:50
  • If you reload an earlier save, is the horse there? If you only auto-save and never manually save, you're kinda screwed.
    – Xander
    Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 10:06

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This is a bug, pure and simple.

If you google this, you'll find 100s of posts about it and R* hasn't addressed it yet since some posts are as old as just a few days ago.

There's not much you can do honestly. Apart from saving, manually and saving often. Manually saving every new mission or after a major event in the game saved my butt from multiple horse-killing random encounters.

Also, your horse is safer from bugs if you dismount and make it flee during a mission than dismounting and entering a mission on foot. As long as you can see it on the mini-map, the glitch monster can't get it.

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