How to Breed Horses in Minecraft

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In Minecraft, it’s possible to breed Horses in order to make a baby horse, also known as a foal. Once a foal grows up, you’ll be able to tame it and ride it like any other Minecraft horse.

In this guide, we’re going to show you how to breed horses in Minecraft, as well as how to tame them if necessary. For more Minecraft contents and best-of content including seeds and resource packs, take a look at our dedicated area here!

How to Breed a Horse in Minecraft

Firstly, to be able to breed a Minecraft Horse, you’re going to require 2 Golden Apples or 2 Golden Carrots, or 1 of each. If you don’t know how to obtain these, it’s simple. We’ll talk more about it below.

It’s important to note that you can only breed 2 Minecraft Horses that you own in Minecraft, meaning you need to have tamed them both already. Taming a horse is done by simply mounting it multiple times until it no longer throws you off. 

To breed your Minecraft Horses, use a Golden Apple or Golden Carrot on each of them. Hearts will radiate from it, and they will breed, creating a new baby horse, also called a Foal. It’s a good idea lock these horses up in a pen or stable so that they don’t escape or are killed by hostile mobs. 

How to Get Golden Apples or Carrots for Horse Breeding

You will require some golden food items for each horse you want to breed, whether it be carrots or apples. They can be found as loot randomly in the game from loot chests, or can be made in a crafting table.

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Inside a crafting table, place a normal apple or carrot in the middle slot. Then surround it with gold ingots. Each Golden Apple or Golden Carrot requires 8 gold ingots. Now we can breed our horses.

How to Tame a Baby Horse

After breeding Horses, you will have a Foal, which is a baby horse. Unfortunately, these can’t be tamed or ridden yet. With time, the foal will grow to a full size horse and it’s then that you will be able to ride it like any other horse in the game.

You can feed a foal different types of food to make it grow faster, with the food item Wheat speeding growth time by 20 seconds, Apples by 30 seconds and Golden Apples by 4 minutes. Give a Foal a few of each and you’ll have a fully grown horse in no time.

How to Ride Your Minecraft Horse

Now that you have successfully bred a baby horse in Minecraft, it’s time to ride it. You can’t ride them straight away, it will need to be an adult first. Read the section above ‘How to Tame a Baby Horse’ to see how you can speed up the growth time.

Once it’s an adult, repeatedly interact with the horse to sit on top of it. The first few times, it might throw you off. However, with persistence, eventually the horse won’t throw you off again and you will have tamed it, and own it.

To ride it, you will need to open the Horses inventory and place a Saddle. Once the saddle is equipped, you can control the horse whilst riding it.

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Phillip Anderson
Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!