Minecraft horse guide and how to breed and tame them

Saddle up and gallop across the Minecraft overworld on your own horse to save time and energy, or breed a family of these cute rideable mobs.

A horse and foal in Minecraft

Want to know how to tame and breed your own herd of Minecraft horses? Cute and friendly mobs are one of the best things about the survival game. After all, what’s better than surrounding your base with domesticated cats, dogs, and horses, alongside pastoral farms full of sheep, chicken, pigs, and cows?

While tamed cats and dogs (wolves) are mostly just cute Minecraft mobs – aside from their ability to scare creepers, bring gifts, or attack hostile Minecraft enemies – horses are considerably more useful, allowing you to traverse across your varied Minecraft seeds faster than usual. Get them set up with their own armor, and you can even keep them safe from harm. But you’ll need to tame or breed them first, so here’s what you need to know about Minecraft horses.

Minecraft horse guide: A player character rides a tamed horse, with the horse's health appearing in the HUD

How to tame a horse in Minecraft

To tame a Minecraft horse, right click on the animal with an empty inventory slot to mount it. It will buck you off, so repeat the process until the horse let’s you stay on its back, and red hearts appear around you both.

Each Minecraft horse has its own pre-generated stats, including speed, health, and temper. A horse’s temper stat determines how long it will take to tame, but you can speed this process up by feeding the it. Once tamed, press the inventory button while on the horse to view its own inventory, in which you can equip a saddle to control it’s movements, and horse armour for protection.

How to breed Minecraft horses: Two adult Minecraft horses enter love mode as a foal appears beside them

How to breed Minecraft horses

To breed a Minecraft horse, simply feed two adult Minecraft horses a golden apple or golden carrot each, and they will enter ‘love mode’, demonstrated by red hearts around them. Shortly after, a foal will appear next to them.

In simple terms, that’s all you need to know to fill your stables. However, a Minecraft horse’s unique stats make it quite the complex character, and come into play when breeding them, too. A foal’s own qualities – if bred and not spawned naturally, will be a combination of its parents’: from its colour to its speed and health.

Where to find a Minecraft horse

You’ll find Minecraft horses spawn in plains and savannas in herds of around two to six – all herds are the same colour, but markings differ per horse. You can also find horses in Minecraft villages, naturally generating in stables or animal pens.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come to this, but if your Minecraft horse kicks it, then it will drop up to two pieces of leather, one to three experience orbs, and horse armour if equipped.

Minecraft horses aren’t the only loveable mobs; Minecraft bees are also adorable neutral mobs who can help you obtain a honey block and craft candlesMinecraft frogs help you obtain another light block: the Froglight, and a Minecraft fox can help you farm berries in one of the best PC games in recent years.