How to tame a horse in Minecraft

How to tame a horse in Minecraft: In the world of Minecraft there are many animals to interact with. Each has a different function: there are those for breeding, those for the defense of the player and those to facilitate traveling long distances in less time. For the latter example, one of the most used animals is the horse, which can be found without too much difficulty in the world of Minecraft. I bet you’ve seen them too, but all the ones you’ve found around are wild and don’t get tamed.

How do you say? Are things really like this? Don’t worry, because I have the solution to your question. In today’s guide, in fact, I will show you how to tame a horse in Minecraft in order to succeed in your intent and use the horses for your explorations within the game world. In addition, I will also explain how to ride a horse correctly and how to take care of it.

Well: how about you start reading the tips I’ve prepared for you in this tutorial? You will only need a few minutes of free time and, at the end of the reading, I assure you that you too will be able to tame a horse in Minecraft. Come on, sit comfortably, pay attention to my instructions and put them into practice: the results will amaze you. All that remains for me is to wish you a good read and, above all, good fun!


  • Preliminary operations
  • Taming a horse
  • Feeding a horse

Preliminary operations

Taming a horse in Minecraft is an operation that only requires a little patience. It usually takes only a few minutes to perform this activity, but it is important to first have what you need and be prepared.

Horses aren’t available in any area of ​​the Minecraft world, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that they’re easily spotted. In fact, they are easily found in the savannah biome or in the plains, grouped in a not very numerous herd. This is made up of foals, not tameable, and adult horses that can, instead, be for you.

Each horse is different from the other: first of all for their coat, which can have different colors, streaks and pigmentations. But the difference is not only in this, but also in their statistics: a horse has a variable number of life points, but also a different speed of movement and jumping. What I recommend is to tame several, until you find the one that comes closest to your needs.

Also, consider the fact that there are several other types of equines, such as mules and donkeys, which are different in use than horses. The latter, in fact, can be equipped with a saddle, to be ridden, and with an armor, to resist the attacks of the enemies; donkeys, on the other hand, although rideable with a saddle, cannot wear armor, but it is possible to place a trunk on its back to carry objects.

While horses and donkeys can be bred, having them mate to generate pups to raise, mules, on the other hand, cannot mate. Apart from this feature, mules are similar to donkeys in that it is possible to equip a chest on their back for carrying equipment, useful during one’s explorations.

Regardless of the type of horse you want to tame, first of all consider that you need a saddle, to be able to bring the newly tamed animal back to the shelter. This item cannot be crafted, so it can be obtained through exploration, looking in the chests, that is, the containers that contain various treasures and useful items inside them.

These can be found in different places, such as in the Nether fortresses, which I told you about how to access them in this guide of mine, in the fortresses or temples that you find during exploration or in the city ​​of the End.

Also, in the villages, look for a non-playable character ( NPC ), called the Leatherman, who will allow you to get a saddle in exchange for 10 emeralds, to equip on rideable animals, such as horses and pigs.

If you don’t have this purchase option available, remember that as you trade with NPCs, they will unlock new items for purchase. Bring some leather you get from the animals with you and make a few transactions, until you unlock the saddle option.

Taming a horse

After you’ve recovered a saddle to use for the horse, you need to find one to tame it. As I mentioned in the previous chapter, horses are available in the clearings in not numerous herds.

Once you’ve spotted adult horses, approach one of them and interact on it, without equipping any items in the quick slot. When you do this, the avatar will be riding it. The horse, however, within a few moments, will make him fall to the ground.

You will have to do the same operation again many times, climbing on the horse’s back, until the latter is surrounded by hearts. This will indicate that the animal is domesticated and can be led to its shelter.

Unfortunately the horse cannot be moved by the player without a saddle. While the avatar is on its back, open the inventory to access the horse’s equipment management panel. Then drag the saddle into the saddle slot for the pet to wear.

By doing so, you can now move the horse in any direction, reaching the places of your explorations faster.

Feeding a horse

A horse’s life total must be restored whenever it is lost due to enemy attacks. In this regard, you need to know that a horse’s life points regenerate automatically but, in case you need to restore them without waiting, you can get them by giving the animal food. The foods that can be used on a horse are sugarwheatapple and hay. Each of these allows you to recover an increasing amount of life points.

If, on the other hand, a golden apple or a golden carrot is used, in addition to recovering the life points, the mating mode is activated, which allows the horses used to make sure that foals are generated. In the next few lines, to conclude, I will show you how to produce or find the food necessary to feed the horses you have tamed.

  • Sugar(heals 1 life point): obtained in a workbench by adding a sugar cane or as a reward when defeating witches.
  • Wheat(heals 2 life points): it is collected directly from the wheat plantations or inside the chests you find during the exploration.
  • Apple(heals 3 life points): apples are harvested from oak trees. When wood is extracted from this type of tree, there is a possibility that apples will be obtained. You can also find them inside the trunks.
  • Golden carrot(heals 4 life points): obtained by placing eight gold nuggets on a workbench and a normal carrot in the center.
  • Golden Apple(heals 10 life points): Eight gold bars must be placed inside a workbench, placing an apple in the slot in the center.
  • Hay(recovers 20 life points): Hay is not obtained naturally, but by putting together nine units of grain in a workbench.


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