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How To Breed Horses in Minecraft

This can even work for donkeys!
howchoo   (467)
March 25, 2024
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Traveling long distances in Minecraft can be tiresome (both in real life and the game). Thankfully, there are ways to move around faster through the Overworld! Whether you’re a skilled player or not, in the early game of Minecraft you usually don’t have elytra to fly around. But you can have horses!

Whether you want to gather leather like YouTuber Smallishbeans…

Or maybe you just want a companion on your adventure? Either way, here’s our guide on how to tame and breed horses in Minecraft!

Fun Fact: This method will also work for donkeys!

1 – Find Horses

Horses naturally spawn around the Overworld in the following biomes:

  • Plains
  • Sunflower Plains
  • Savanna
  • Savanna Plateau
  • Windswept Savanna
  • Villages

Make sure you have a spot to keep the horses, since they will wander even if tamed.

2 – Tame the Horses

Both horses and donkeys must be tamed in order to breed or even ride. In order to tame a horse, simply right click one with an empty hand. You’ll now be mounted upon the horse until it bucks you off. Repeat this as many times as it takes. You’ll know you’ve tamed the horse or donkey when hearts appear on the screen.

Horse’s Temper

Taming depends all on the horse’s temper. Every horse begins with a temper between 1 and 100 and an assigned random taming threshold. Each time a player is bucked off earns 5 temper and once it reaches past that taming threshold, the horse is tamed.

Now you can add a saddle and armor! However, there are a few more supplies needed before breeding.

3 – Gather Supplies

In order to activate love mode (aka breeding) you must feed two horses (or donkeys) either a golden carrot or a golden apple. Both can be crafted or looted!

Golden Apple

You can craft a golden apple with 8 gold ingots and 1 apple.

Golden apples also generate naturally in chests throughout the Overworld and Nether. The best places to find a golden apple are in igloos, mineshafts, and desert temples.

Golden Carrots

You can craft a golden carrot with 8 gold nuggets and 1 carrot.

Golden carrots can be looted from chests in bastion remnants and ruined portals. Bastion remnants have the highest chance of spawning 6-17 golden carrots in a chest.

4 – Activate Love Mode

Mojang call breeding “love mode”. Is that important information? Not really, but it’s still fun to know.

Once you have the above supplies, simply feed the golden carrots or apples to a pair of horses. They’ll enter love mode and produce a foal. Typically, the foal has the color or markings of one of its parents, but there is a ~29% chance for a random variation in color/markings.

If a horse and donkey are bred together, they create a mule foal. Mules can’t breed, but you at least will get an achievement for it!


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