How to ride a horse in Minecraft

How to ride a horse in Minecraft: You’ve just started playing Minecraft, Mojang’s popular sandbox title, and you’ve met your first horse in the game. In a video on YouTube you saw that it is possible to ride it, but you are not sure how to do it. You then tried to search online for information about it, but all the sites you have consulted so far have not been of help. Also, you failed to understand the difference between the various types of horses in Minecraft. That’s the way it is, isn’t it? Well then know that now you are in the right place!

In today’s tutorial, in fact, I will explain how to ride a horse in Minecraft by providing you with all the relevant information on the various types of horses present within the Mojang title. In addition, I will also explain how to ride donkeys, mules, zombie horses and skeleton horses: all this without using any type of mod, since you just need to take advantage of some official tools inserted directly by the Minecraft developers within the game.

What do you say? Are you ready for action? I would say yes, so let’s put aside the chatter! All you need to do now is read and put into practice the quick instructions below. I can assure you that, in this way, you will easily learn how to ride a horse (and not only) in Minecraft. Having said that, there is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and above all, have fun!


  • Preliminary information
  • How do you ride a horse in Minecraft
  • How to ride a horse in Minecraft
  • How to ride a donkey in Minecraft
  • How to ride a mule in Minecraft
  • How to ride a zombie horse in Minecraft
  • How to ride a skeleton horse in Minecraft

Preliminary information

Before going into the details of the procedure on how to ride a horse in Minecraft, I think you might be interested in learning more about the various types of ride-on animals in the game.

Well, in Minecraft there are horsesdonkeysmuleszombie horses and skeleton horses. The various types of animal differ among themselves for appearancevitalityrelease (drop), experience and inventory. In addition, zombie and skeleton horses can be used by enemies and injure the player (eg through lightning that generate skeletons).

Riding a horse can be very useful for moving fast, as it is still possible to use many objects even while in the saddle. When riding, the player‘s health bar is replaced by the horse‘s health bar, while the jump bar replaces the experience bar. Horses can also, depending on their type, be mated, fed, mounted on armor and attached to fences.

Usually, all you need to do to find a horse in Minecraft’s Survival mode is to explore the plains biome thoroughly. In case you have the Java version of the Mojang title, you can also use the cheats (i.e. the tricks) to make the various horses appear: to take advantage of this possibility, during the creation of the game on Minecraft, you must have activated the Commands item.

To proceed, press the T button on your keyboard and type one of the following commands: / summon horse ~ ~ ~ , to make a horse appear; / summon donkey ~~~, to make a donkey appear; / summon mule ~ ~ ~ , to bring up a mule; / summon zombie_horse ~ ~ ~, to spawn a zombie horse or / summon skeleton_horse ~ ~ ~ , to spawn a skeleton horse. Then press the Enter key on the keyboard to confirm.

If, on the other hand, you are playing in Creative mode, all you have to do is open your inventory and use the egg that suits your needs. There are five types of eggs: Egg pony generatoregg ass generatoregg mule generatoregg skeleton horse generator and egg zombie horse generator.

So just place this object on the ground and the chosen horse will appear. If you want to practice, my advice is therefore to ride horses in Creative mode.

How do you ride a horse in Minecraft

As you may have already guessed, being able to “tame” a horse could be very useful for the continuation of your adventure on Minecraft. Below you will find all the details of the case.

How to ride a horse in Minecraft

The “standard” Minecraft horse can appear in dozens of different colors, but usually has shades ranging from white to black.

The first thing you need to do is get a saddle. You can find this item in the crates inside the game world. Chests are usually found in blacksmith houses and underground areas. Otherwise, you can get a saddle by coming to a level 3 trade with a white-aproned villager. Of course, in Creative mode, you will find the saddle already in the inventory. For more details, I invite you to consult my guide on how to make the saddle in Minecraft.

Once you have the saddle, approach the horse, remove any object from your inventory and continue to “cuddle” by holding down the key with which you usually place objects (eg right mouse button on PC). The first attempt will probably “fail”: the horse will make you fall from its saddle.

However, after a few attempts, you should finally be able to “tame” it: to signal this, little hearts will appear on the screen. For more information, you may want to take a look at my guide on how to tame a horse in Minecraft.

At this point, get off (using, for example, the left Shift key on PC) and place the saddle obtained earlier on the horse’s back. You may need to drag the icon from the saddle from your inventory to the block in the top left of the horse‘s inventory. Once this is done, simply press on the rump of the horse, to start riding him.

Once in the saddle, you will be able to move as you usually do, but in this case you will be controlling the horse instead of your avatar. You can also jump (using, for example, the space bar on PC): the more you hold down, the higher the horse will jump. At the bottom, then, you will be able to view the jump and health bar (in Survival mode).

I remind you that, while you are in the saddle, you can also use certain types of objects. However, to be able to return to your character’s maximum abilities, you will need to get off the horse.

I point out that the horse can also wear armor: just place it in the slot at the top left, under where you put the saddle. There are four types of armor: iron harnesstrappings of goldharness diamond and leather harness.

Of course, in Creative mode you already have everything available in your inventory. In Survival mode, however, the horse’s armor can be found in the trunks of the dungeons and fortresses of the Nether.

I point out that you can also use a leash, to let the horse follow you, or attach it to a fence, so that it does not run away.

If you really cannot understand what type of horse you have managed to tame, just open the inventory (using, for example, the E key on the PC keyboard) and all the relative indications will appear on the screen. Perfect, now you’ve learned how to ride horses in Minecraft!

How to ride a donkey in Minecraft

In Minecraft, donkeys are visually distinguished from horses due to their longer ears and smaller size.

In addition to this, the donkeys also have a rather interesting functionality: they can carry a chest, inside which you can place all the objects you want to take with you: by taking advantage of this possibility, you can expand your inventory and carry more objects.

The additional slots provided by the chest are available directly at the top right, in the donkey‘s inventory. The latter, however, cannot have armor, unlike the horse.

For the rest, the method for taming the donkey is the same as I explained in the chapter on how to ride a horse. In other words, you just need to get close, “cuddle” until the hearts appear on the screen and insert a saddle into his inventory.

How to ride a mule in Minecraft

The mule is recognized in Minecraft because it is a “middle ground” between a horse and a donkey. It is closer to the size of a horse, but its ears are those of a donkey.

In the Mojang game, mules are in fact obtained by mating a horse and a donkey. To do this, you have to activate the love mode, feeding golden apples and golden carrots to horses and donkeys. These items are created by placing a carrot or apple in the center of the crafting grid and surrounding them with gold bars.

Mules can carry trunks like donkeys, but they cannot mount armor and do not mate. For the rest, to tame a mule you must always use the usual method described in the chapter on how to ride a horse.

How to ride a zombie horse in Minecraft

The zombie horse is nothing more than a type of horse with green skin and black eyes. By default, zombie horses cannot be ridden. Also, in some cases, they can be aggressive and attack the player.

In any case, if you really want to ride a zombie horse, you can do it using the appropriate commands available for the Java version of Minecraft. To proceed, press the T button on the keyboard to open the command screen, and type / summon zombie_horse ~ ~ ~ {Tame: 1} , then confirming with the Enter key.

Perfect, now all you have to do is press on the zombie horse that has just appeared on the screen, mount a saddle and that’s it.

How to ride a skeleton horse in Minecraft

The skeleton horse is also not rideable by default in Minecraft. In certain cases, it can also attack the player, generating, through a lightning bolt, different and dangerous skeletons.

However, if you really want to have a rideable skeleton horse, you can get it by going through the commands available in the Java version of Minecraft. To do this, open the Commands tab by pressing the T button on your keyboard, type / summon skeleton_horse ~ ~ ~ {Tame: 1} and press Enter, to make the skeleton horse appear on the screen.

Great, now you can get on the horse’s back, just by pressing on it. I remind you that, in order to start riding it, you have to mount a saddle on it.


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