Red Dead Online: How to stop other players from stealing your horse

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Your horse is one of your most important assets in Red Dead Online. So naturally, other players will try to steal it from you. Here’s how to prevent that from happening.

Similar to the single-player campaign in Red Dead Redemption 2, horses play a major role in Red Dead Online. While there are a lot of similarities between the Story mode and Red Dead Online, horses don’t work the same way. You can only keep horses you have purchased, not stolen. However, that doesn’t mean players can steal horses at all.

In fact, stealing another player’s horse is one of the first things that I did in Red Dead Online, albeit unintentionally. You cannot keep stolen horses, no matter if you obtained them from an NPC or another player, but you can ride them temporarily. Meaning someone can jump onto your horse and ride away with it, leaving you stranded for a period of time. Unless you change a few settings, that is.

If you go into the Free Roam menu in Red Dead Online, you can access the Stables option. From here, the game presents you with a few editable settings regarding who can and cannot access your horse. If you want to prevent any other player from riding your horse, you can set Horse Access to “Me Only.” If you want to prevent other players from also being able to lead your horse, you can set the Allow Leading option to “Disabled.”

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Changing these settings in Red Dead Online prevents anyone from moving your horse except for yourself. Personally, I like to leave them enabled, as it adds to the craziness of PvP in a Wild West environment. But if another player is causing you grief, the option is always there to protect your horse.

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Let us know in the comments how you are enjoying Red Dead Online, and any other horse related tips and tricks you might have. And as always, make sure to check out App Trigger for more Red Dead Online and Red Dead Redemption 2 news and guides!