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Minecraft Horses

Taming, Riding and Breeding horses 

Horses have been part of Minecraft since 2013. Donkeys and mules are also managed as horses in Minecraft. In addition, there are undead horses with special properties. You can tame horses, ride them, and breed them. We’ve summarized what you should know about nature’s motorcycles in Minecraft.

Horses fit perfectly into open-world games. They shorten travel times in a realistic way, are suitable for storing items, and are also companions for the player. Horses came to Minecraft in 2013 with version 1.6. If you encounter wild horses, you can tame them, ride them, and also breed more horses.

How to tame a horse in Minecraft

So how do you get a horse in Minecraft? To tame a horse, you need to click on it with empty hands (right mouse button). Your character will now mount the horse but will be thrown off again shortly after. Now you just have to repeat this process until the horse is tamed. With each attempt, the probability that the horse will be tamed increases by 5%.

You can speed up this process by feeding the horse. But what do horses eat in Minecraft?

You can tame horses faster with the following foods:

  • Sugar, Wheat and Apples (+3% chance of success).
  • Golden Carrots (+5% chance of success)
  • Golden Apples and Enchanted Golden Apples (+10% chance of success)

These foods are also good for healing tamed horses and raising them faster. However, by far the best food for healing horses are Hay Bales, which restore up to 20 health points.

How to ride a horse in Minecraft

To ride a horse, you need a saddle. Unfortunately, these can’t be crafted. However, there are many ways to get a saddle: First, ravagers and striders drop saddles, and second, they can be found in many places in the world, such as Villages, Nether fortresses, Jungle temples, Dungeons, and end cities. You can also acquire them by trading with villagers (tanners). If you are very lucky, you can even find them while fishing!

How to saddle a horse in Minecraft

If you now own a saddle, you can saddle your horse by right-clicking on it and then mount it. You control your horse with the direction keys, as usual. Yee-Haw! 

How to breed horses in Minecraft

Horses and donkeys can mate and reproduce. You can breed more horses, donkeys or even mules. To do this, you must first attract two tamed horses by holding food in your hand. Then you have to feed both animals to activate love mode. Only Golden Carrots, Golden Apples and Enchanted Golden Apples are suitable for this procedure! The horses turn to each other and after a short time a foal appears. Congratulations, you have just bred your first horse! Keep in mind, however, that the foal is not tame and will not be fully grown until the next day. Then can you tame your new horse.

Types of horses in Minecraft

Different species with different characteristics fall under the category of horses in Minecraft:


The standard type, available in 35 different colors. You can equip them with a saddle and horse armor.


Significantly smaller and slower than normal horses. On the other hand, they can carry chests and are therefore suitable for transporting objects.


Formed when horses mate with donkeys. They are faster and larger than donkeys, but can also carry a chest, making them excellent transport animals.

Skeleton Horses

Undead horses that cannot be tamed or reproduced. If you defeat a skeleton rider, you can take away his already tame skeleton horse. This is one of the fastest horses in Minecraft. In addition, they can be ridden underwater.

Zombie Horses

Another undead horse breed, but one that doesn’t occur naturally in the game. They have similar characteristics to skeleton horses but can only be spawned using the “/summon zombie_horse” command. If you want a tame zombie horse, you must append “~ ~ {Tame:true}” to the command. Unlike their bony relatives, you can’t ride zombie horses underwater.Now you should know all the essentials about horses in Minecraft. If ordinary horses are too boring for you or gravity is not your thing, the Minecraft Pegasus mod can help you. If you get bored roaming the steppes alone, you can join other horse lovers on a server.

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