How to Make a Saddle in Minecraft

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Saddles are an item in Minecraft which allows you to ride some in-game mobs. Annoyingly, Saddles are quite hard to obtain in-game because they don’t actually have a crafting recipe. Instead, you will need to find them naturally.

There are 4 different animals in Minecraft that Saddles can be used on. These are Donkeys, Horses, Mules and Pigs. However using it on Pigs will require a carrot on a stick to control it properly.

Below, we’ve put together a quick guide for getting a Saddle in Minecraft. For more Minecraft Guides & Best-of lists including Seeds and Resource Packs, make sure to check out our dedicated area here

Obtaining a Saddle in Minecraft

There are 4 different ways to obtain a Saddle in Minecraft. The first is with natural spawning, they have a chance of spawning in chests inside of Strongholds, Villages, Dungeons, Jungle Temples, Desert Temples, Fortresses and End Cities. 

Fishing for Saddles

Another way to get a Saddle is by fishing. They are a treasure item, and you have a 0.8% chance of receiving one whilst fishing. Even though the chances are really low, it might be one of your only options.

Ravagers will always drop a Saddle

Taking part in a Village raid will also guarantee you a Saddle. Ravagers (the giant bull mob you see above) will always drop a Saddle when they die. The only problem is that they are quite hard to kill.

Finally, you can trade for a Saddle in Villages. Get a Leatherworker Villager to Level 3, and they will start selling Saddles for 8-10 Emeralds. At Master Level, they have a 50% chance of selling Saddles for just 6 Emeralds.

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How to Use a Saddle

Saddles are simple to use. Whilst holding a Saddle, simply interact with the mob you want to place it on. You will need to tame a horse though before you can ride it, but they can be placed on pigs straight away. As previously mentioned, you will need to make a carrot on a stick to control pigs.

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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!