Minecraft How To

How To Tame A Horse In Minecraft (And Ride It)

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to tame horses in Minecraft. We'll also show you how to ride a horse and give you some fun facts about horses in the Minecraft world.

How To Tame A Horse 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 Ride Horses

  • Horse
  • Saddle

Steps To Tame And Ride A Horse

1. Find A Horse

Find a minecraft horse

You first need to find a horse. They are commonly found in the Minecraft plains biome. If you can't find one you can summon a horse or use a horse spawn egg.

2. Tame The Horse

Once you've found a horse, you can tame it by repeatedly mounting it. Mount a horse using:

  • Java Edition (PC/Mac), Windows 10 Edition, Education Edition: right click on the horse.
  • Pocket Edition (PE): move your pointer over the horse and press the Mount button.
  • Xbox 360, Xbox One: press the LT button
  • PS3, PS4: press the L2 button
  • Wii U, Nintendo Switch: press the ZL button

The horse will repeatedly buck you off, so you'll need to keep trying to mount it. The time it takes when taming a horse in Minecraft varies: sometimes you'll have to mount it multiple times, other times you'll only have to mount it once.

When the horse is finally tamed, you'll notice hearts appear around it and it will no longer throw you off.

Tame the horse

You'll also notice that even though you can sit on the horse, you can't actually ride it yet. To do this we'll need to place a saddle on the horse.

3. Put Saddle On The Horse

Put saddle on the horse

First, mount the horse, then select a saddle from your hotbar using:

  • Java Edition (PC/Mac), Windows 10 Edition, Education Edition: press 'E' to access inventory.
  • Pocket Edition (PE): tap on the button with 3 dots to access your inventory, then tap the saddle button.
  • Xbox 360, Xbox One: press the Y button to open your inventory.
  • PS3, PS4: press the triangle button to open your inventory.
  • Wii U, Nintendo Switch: press the X button to access your inventory.

Drag the saddle from the Inventory section up to the saddle box to the left of the horse picture. You can also drag up the horse armor. The horse picture should update and show a horse with a saddle on it.

Return to the game and you'll notice your horse is now wearing a saddle.

4. Ride The Horse

Ride the horse

Now, let's learn how to ride a horse in Minecraft! First, we need to mount the horse with the following control:

  • Java Edition (PC/Mac), Windows 10 Edition, Education Edition: right click on the horse.
  • Pocket Edition (PE): move your pointer over the horse and press the Mount button.
  • Xbox 360, Xbox One: press the LT button
  • PS3, PS4: press the L2 button
  • Wii U, Nintendo Switch: press the ZL button

Once on the tamed horse, you can control it by using the same controls you would to move your character around. You can change the camera view if you want to see yourself riding the horse around and you can jump up and down with the horse.

To dismount the horse, the control is:

  • Java Edition (PC/Mac), Windows 10 Edition, Education Edition: press the left shift key.
  • Pocket Edition (PE): press the Center button twice.
  • Xbox 360, Xbox One: press the Right Stick (RS).
  • PS3, PS4: press the Right Stick (RS).
  • Wii U, Nintendo Switch: press the Right Stick (RS).

And that's how you tame and ride horses in Minecraft!

FAQ's

How long does it take to tame a horse in Minecraft?

The time it takes to tame a horse will vary with each horse. The player needs to continually mount the horse until it stops bucking them off and red hearts appear.

What food do you need to tame a horse in Minecraft?

You don't need food to tame a horse in Minecraft. However, you can speed up the time it takes to tame a horse by feeding it sugar, wheat, apples, golden carrots, or golden apples.

How do you feed a tamed horse?

You can feed a tamed horse by selecting the food item in your hotbar and using the following game control:

  • Java Edition (PC/Mac), Windows 10 Edition, Education Edition: right click on the horse.
  • Pocket Edition (PE): move your pointer over the horse and press the Feed button.
  • Xbox 360, Xbox One: press the LT button
  • PS3, PS4: press the L2 button
  • Wii U, Nintendo Switch: press the ZL button

Horses can only be fed when it will have an effect, just like other animals.

What animals can you ride in Minecraft?

You can ride horses, mules, donkeys, llamas, and pigs in Minecraft. Though keep in mind with a llama, you can't control its movement.

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