I am the opposite, I like the maintenance side 😳. My son yells from the other room, "NO DELUXE BATHS DAD!!" lol!
My horses all get leveled up quickly as I pat and treat them as often as I can. If you don't donate or wash one of the camp folks comes by to remind you. I normally give them items instead of money as I don't enjoy hunting around for the best price on my loot.
I also used an exploit early on in story mode to get more cash as I knew I wont get much time to play contiguously and this game demands long sessions it seems. Matches my play mode, my son started way after me and is 50% done, I am about 30% but I have a considerable amount of the map opened up.
Gun fights! I am ok to good at these. I only base that on my son who is a serious rainbow 6 player and I do better then him most of the time. Different style, slower and more strategical I guess.
With more experience points the dead eye gets longer, I draw the bead on the attacker then use short bursts of dead eye to get head shots as much as possible, body shots can take several to put down an enemy. I also go into first person view for straight on gun battles, more zoomed screen view makes for easier targeting. Also let your team mates in the gang take a few kills for you. Plus when you start putting more level ups on your weapons at the gun smith that helps a bunch too.
My latest thing is fishing!
It gives you heart points and karma if you throw all the fish back. but i have to unlock more lures to get better fish.
After a long few days of looting and shooting, a 20minute fishing trip will slowly level you back from evil. 😇
The exploring is a lot of fun, I rowed a boat out to an island and found a pirate hat, now everyone yells at me and if the circus is in town! Then they compliment my horse saying it looks better then their wife! LOL!