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How To Breed Horses In Minecraft

In this tutorial, you will learn how to breed horses in Minecraft with our video tutorial and step-by-step instructions.

When you breed Minecraft horses, they make baby horses, also known as foals.

How To Breed Horses Video Tutorial

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Available Platforms

Edition Platform Available
Java Edition Windows, Mac & Linux PC's Yes
Bedrock Edition Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, Fire OS, Windows 10 PC's Yes
Education Edition Mac, iOs 12, Windows 10 PC's Yes
PlayStation Edition PlayStation 3 & 4 Yes

Required To Breed Horses

What do you need to breed horses in Minecraft? Essentially, you only need two items:

Steps To Breeding Horses

1. Tame The Horses

You can't breed wild horses in Minecraft, so we'll first need to tame them. If you've never tamed a horse before, check out our tutorial on how to tame a horse in Minecraft.

Essentially, you just need to mount the horse repeatedly (it will continually buck you off) until red hearts appear around it and it stops bucking you off.

Tame the horse

2. Feed The Horses

Once the horses have been tamed and are standing next to each other, it's time to feed them.

We can feed the horses either golden apples, enchanted golden apples, or golden carrots. With the food item you prefer selected in your Hotbar, feed each horse one item at a time. To do this use the following game controls:

  • Java Edition (PC/Mac), Windows 10 Edition, Education Edition: right click on the horse one at a time.
  • Pocket Edition (PE): tap on the horse one at a time.
  • Xbox 360, Xbox One: press the LT button
  • PS3, PS4: press the L2 button
  • Wii U, Nintendo Switch: press the ZL button
Feed the Minecraft horse

As you are feeding them, you'll notice red hearts appear over the horses. It's baby-making time!

The red hearts will soon disappear and a baby horse (or foal) will appear.

Breed Minecraft Horses

Keep in mind, you will have to wait 5 minutes before trying to breed the horses again.

And that's it, you are the proud owners of a new baby horse!


What food do you use to breed horses in Minecraft?

To breed horses in Minecraft, you can use either 2 golden apples, 2 golden enchanted apples, or 2 golden carrots.

How long does it take for horses to breed in Minecraft?

It varies, but it only takes a few minutes to first tame the horses and then breed them in Minecraft.

Why won't my horses breed in Minecraft?

There are three main reasons why your horses might not breed in Minecraft:

  1. Both horses have not been tamed. Be sure you tame both horses by repeatedly getting on them until red hearts appear.
  2. The horses have recently bred. You have to wait 5 minutes before the horses will breed again.
  3. You are feeding them the wrong food. Be sure you are feeding them both either 2 golden apples, 2 golden enchanted apples, or 2 golden carrots.

Can you breed skeleton horses?

No, as of Minecraft 1.16 you can not breed skeleton horses. Nor can they be fed.

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