Wild Horses, Tamed
As you enter the MacFarlane household, Bonnie introduces you
to her father, Drew. After listening to Mr. MacFarlane’s rant on the role of
government in the west, Bonnie asks you to join her in gathering some new wild horses
for the farm. Before heading over to your horse, Bonnie gives you the lasso.
It’s an important tool in Red Dead, as not only will it aid you in wrangling
wild horses, but it’s also the best way to catch criminals alive.
Mount up and follow the MacFarlanes out to the plains. Once
there, you’ll find there’s a small handful of wild horses. Ride up to them, get
out your lasso, and rope one. Dismount your horse, while keeping a hand on the
lasso, and approach the captured wild horse. To tame this stallion, you’ll have
to mount it, and break it. Merely keep John balanced as the horse tries to buck
him off. All you have to do is watch which way John is leaning, and tap the
left stick gently to keep him steady.
Horse breaking is relatively simple once you’ve managed to
lasso the horse. Throughout the game you’ll have opportunities to track and
capture other wild horses that have better stamina and speed than the one you
currently ride. Lassoing them is always the most difficult part, as you have to
steer your horse while aiming the lasso and trying to keep pace with the wild
After successfully breaking this first horse, Mr. MacFarlane
takes it from you, and heads back to the ranch. You and Bonnie will have to
catch one more wild horse out in this section before heading back to the ranch.
When you return to the corral, Mr. MacFarlane tells you a few of his ranch
hands have spotted some more wild horses outside of Armadillo. You and Bonnie
head down there to help capture a few more horses.
Once you meet up with the others from the ranch, Bonnie asks
you to lead the wild horses into the canyon up ahead. Similar to the way you
herded the cattle, just ride up behind the horses to provoke them forward
towards the confined space. Just when it appears as if the mission is over, one
of the wild horses escapes, and it’s up to you to wrangle it.
This part can either go really quickly or take a long time
depending on how good you are with the lasso. The area the horse runs to is
littered with cacti, making it difficult to steer your own mount, and get an
accurate lasso toss. Once you do manage to capture the horse, simply mount and
break it like you did the last two times.
You can catch up with Bonnie back on the path outside of the
canyon afterwards. For all your hard work, she allows you to keep the horse you
just captured. It’s a decent upgrade over your previous one. Now just head back
to MacFarlane Ranch for a little rest, and to save your game, before taking on
the next mission from Bonnie.
A Tempest Looms
When you get back to MacFarlane Ranch, Bonnie will be
outside the barn waiting for you. No matter what the weather was when you
approached, starting the mission will bring on a horrible storm. If you
remember, just a few missions ago you brought the cattle out to pasture. Now
that the storm is getting worse, Bonnie needs John’s help to bring the herd
back to the farm before they scatter, and are lost forever.
Mount your horse, and follow Bonnie out to the fields. There
are two separate herds to wrangle. Bonnie will lead you to the first set of
cattle, and you’ll have to guide them to the Old Oak Tree. The yellow dot on
your mini-map indicates where to go, so just keep the herd together while
rounding them up to join the other herd. If you see any stragglers, peel off
the main herd, and round them up to get them to return to the group.
As soon as you’ve
managed to get the two herds of cattle together, the big tree is struck by
lightning, startling the cattle. You’ve got to race in front of the shocked
herd, and stop them before they all run off a cliff. There are 21 cattle, and
it’s pretty tough to save them all. However, you don’t have to, and bringing
back 15-18 is still respectable. Once you’ve managed to get the herd back
together, meet up with Bonnie, and you two will lead the cattle back to
Once you’re done speaking with Bonnie, it’s time to visit
Marshal Johnson again.