Taming Your Trusty Steed: A Guide to Horses in Minecraft


Horses are a vital part of the Horses in Minecraft experience. They offer a fast and fun way to travel across vast landscapes, allowing you to explore further and escape dangers quickly. But before you gallop off into the sunset, you’ll need to build a bond with your equine companion. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about taming a horse in Minecraft, from finding the perfect mount to equipping it for adventure.

Locate Your Loyal steed

The first step is finding a horse to tame. Horses spawn naturally in plains and savanna biomes. Look for herds of brown and white horses roaming freely. You might also encounter rarer coat colours like black, chestnut, and even spotted horses!

Here are some tips for finding horses:

  • Plains and Savannas: These are the most common biomes where horses spawn.
  • Large biomes: Bigger plains and savannas tend to have a higher concentration of horses.
  • Chunk loading: Staying in one area for a while allows more chunks (sections of the world) to load, increasing the chance of horses spawning.

Taming Essentials

Once you’ve found your ideal horse, you’ll need to gather a few essentials:

  • Empty hand: You don’t need to hold any items to tame a horse.
  • Patience: Taming can be a process of trial and error. Be persistent!
  • Optional taming aids (but not required): Apples, wheat, golden apples, or golden carrots can slightly increase your chances of taming a horse with each attempt.

From Bucking Bronco to Beloved Companion: The Taming Process

Now comes the exciting part – taming your horse! Here’s what to do:

  1. Approach the horse calmly: Avoid spooking the horse by sprinting or jumping towards it. Walk slowly and gently.
  2. Mount the horse: With an empty hand, right-click or tap on the horse to mount it.
  3. Hold on tight! The horse will likely buck you off several times before it’s tamed. Don’t get discouraged; keep mounting it as many times as needed.
  4. Hearts appear? You’re successful! When you finally tame the horse, hearts will appear above its head. Congratulations!

Taming Tips and Tricks

While mounting and holding on is the core of taming, here are some additional tips to improve your chances:

  • Taming food: Although not necessary, feeding the horse apples, wheat, golden apples, or golden carrots can slightly increase your taming chance with each attempt. Golden apples and golden carrots have a higher taming boost compared to regular apples and wheat.
  • Find a safe space: Try taming your horse in a flat, open area to avoid fall damage if you get bucked off.
  • Cornering the horse: Horses can be tricky to catch in hilly terrain. Try to corner them in a fence or against a wall to make mounting easier.

Understanding Horse Health and Inventory

Once tamed, your horse gains a health bar displayed above its head. Unlike wild horses, tamed horses will slowly regenerate health over time. You can also heal your horse by feeding it food.

Horses come with their inventory! Here’s how to access and manage it:

  1. Open the horse’s inventory: While standing near your tamed horse, press the “E” key (or your designated use key) to open its inventory.
  2. Saddle Up: The horse’s inventory has two main slots: saddle and armour. Place a saddle in the saddle slot to ride your horse.
  3. Horse Armor: The armour slot allows you to equip your horse with horse armour for added protection against mobs and environmental damage. There are four types of horse armour available, offering varying degrees of protection.

Beyond the Basics: Breeding and Horse Customization

Horses are more than just fast transportation. You can breed them to create new horses with unique coat colours and potentially better stats!

Here’s a quick rundown on breeding horses:

  1. Find two tamed horses: You’ll need two different coloured tamed horses to breed.
  2. Feed them golden apples or golden carrots: Feeding each horse a golden apple or golden carrot will put them in “love mode” indicated by hearts appearing above them.
  3. A foal is born! After feeding the horses golden apples or carrots, a foal will appear after a short while. The foal will inherit traits from both parents and take approximately 20 minutes to grow into an adult horse.


How do you tame a horse in Minecraft?

Taming a horse in Minecraft is all about persistence! Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Find a horse: Locate a horse roaming the plains biome. They come in various coat colours, so keep your eyes peeled!
  2. Approach the horse: Empty-handed, walk towards the horse and tap “use item” (usually right-click) on it.
  3. Hold on tight! The horse will likely buck you off a few times. Just keep trying to mount it by tapping “use item” again.
  4. Hearts = success! Once you see hearts appear above the horse, congratulations! It’s tamed.

Do you need food to tame a horse?

Food isn’t necessary, but it can help! Apples, wheat, golden apples, and golden carrots all slightly increase your chances of taming a horse with each feed.

What’s the difference between taming and breeding horses?

Taming a horse makes it yours to ride and equip. Breeding tamed horses with golden apples or golden carrots creates a foal, but you’ll need to wait for it to grow up before riding.

Can you tell if a horse is tamed?

Approaching a tamed horse will show its health bar instead of a hunger bar. You’ll also be able to open its inventory and equip it with a saddle and armour.

How long does it take to tame a horse?

It’s random! Some horses might be tamed in one try, while others take more persistence.

Is there a faster way to tame a horse?

There’s no guaranteed trick, but some players find taming horses easier in peaceful difficulty. This way, you won’t get interrupted by other mobs while you’re trying to ride the horse.

Where can I find more information on Minecraft horses?

There are many resources available online! You can check out the official Horses in Minecraft Wiki page on horses [IGN Minecraft horse guide], or find helpful video tutorials on YouTube([YouTube] How To Tame A Horse In Minecraft).

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