When you’re out exploring the vast world of Minecraft, having a loyal steed by your side is essential. A seasoned horse companion not only adds to your adventurer credentials but also grants you access to unique actions. In this guide, we’ll show you how to tame a horse in Minecraft and make the most of your equine companion.
Where to Find Horses
Horses can be found in the plains and savannas, usually in herds of two to six. These areas are mostly flat with grass and scattered trees. Horses come in various colors – white, chestnut, black, gray, brown, and flaxen chestnut, each with different markings. While it’s relatively easy to stumble upon a horse herd, finding a specific color may require some hunting if you have a preference.
If you’re feeling rather mischievous, you can also find horses in stables within generated villages and claim one for yourself instead of searching in the wild.
How to Tame a Horse
Taming a horse in Minecraft is a straightforward process. It merely involves repeatedly mounting the horse until it develops a liking for you. To mount a horse, press the “Use” button with an empty hand or while holding an item that cannot be used on a horse. Expect the horse to buck you off initially, but don’t give up! Each time you’re thrown off, quickly get back on. Eventually, a cloud of hearts will appear over the horse, indicating that it has been tamed.
Although not mandatory, you can improve your chances of taming a horse by feeding it sugar, apples, wheat, or golden carrots. Hold the food item in your hand and press “Use” to feed the horse. This depletes your food supply, but it does make the horse slightly more receptive to being tamed.
Using a Tamed Horse
Now that you’ve successfully tamed a horse, it’s time to take it for a ride. Find a saddle in a nearby village and equip it onto your horse, allowing you to mount and explore the world on horseback. Horses can jump much higher and farther than your character. Hold down the jump button to charge up for a bigger leap. While riding a horse, you can still use any item in your possession.
To further customize your horse, you can equip it with armor. Horse armor can be crafted, found in certain chests, or purchased from villagers. Unlike your own armor, you can’t enchant it, but you can dye it to add some personal flair.
Remember to exercise caution when adventuring with your horse – the armor may protect it to some extent, but it can still be damaged by enemies.
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