Horses in Minecraft

Minecraft horse

Where to find them

Horses appear in small herds in plains biomes.

Taming Horses

Horses must be tamed before you can ride them.

To tame a horse, approach it with nothing in your hand and right click on it. You will now be riding the horse&emdash;for a second or two, until it throws you off. Try again, and again, until finally you see some red hearts and the horse lets you stay on.

It usually takes 3–5 attempts, but you may be luckier or unluckier than that. You can make the process quicker by feeding the horse first.

Horse Inventory Screen

Once a horse has been tamed, you can hold down SHIFT and right click to open the horse's inventory screen. There are twoequipment slots; one for a saddle, and one for armour.

Horse Inventory Screen

Riding Horses

To ride your horse, you will need a Saddle; these can be found in treasure chests in dungeons, mineshafts, desert temples or fortresses. Place the saddle in the correct slot of its inventory, and then you can ride!

In survival mode (but not creative) you can see the horse's health next to your own.


Hold down space to build up power, then release to jump. (You will see the power build up in the little bar above your tool bar.) You can jump over fences and even 2-block-high walls.

Horse Armour

Armoured horses

This too can be found in treasure chests. Place the armour in its slot in the horse's inventory and your steed will be looking mighty fine!

Horse Armour inventory slot

Horse armour comes in Iron, Gold and Diamond varieties.

Feeding Horses

Horses eat sugar, wheat, apples (normal of golden), bread or hay bales. Right click on the horse to feed it.

Feeding a horse will restore its health. It will also make wild horses easier to tame, and will cause horses to grow if they are not already adult.

Breeding Horses

Only tamed horses can be bred. Feed two of them golden apples. They will go into "love mode" and make a baby.

Horse Breeding

Baby horses normally take 20 minutes to grow into adults, but you can speed up the process by feeding them. It looks pretty funny.

Donkeys and Mules


Donkeys and mules are special horses that can't wear armour, but can carry stuff for you.

Donkeys can be found in plains biomes just like regular horses.


Mules can be bred by getting a donkey and a horse to mate with each other.

Using Donkeys and Mules to carry your stuff

Once you have tamed a donkey or mule, right click on it whilst holding a chest and it will sprout some uncomfortable-looking saddlebags.

Donkey with chest

Now when you look at its inventory screen, you will see that the big blank area in the inventory screen has turned into item slots you can load your stuff into.

Mule Inventory

Leads and Name Tags

Don't forget that you can use Name Tags to give your horse a name, or a Lead to tie it to a fence-post.

You can alsoride one horse while using leads to pull some others along after you. Just like having a train of pack mules!

Horse Abilities

Different horses have different health, jump strength and speed. You can see a horse's health once you tame it, as you can ride it and count its hearts on your screen.

There is no waty to tell a horse's speed and jump strength at a glance, you'll just have to have a go.