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How to Breed Horses in Minecraft

Posted: Oct 5, 2020 in Minecraft

mc head By Kevin Lott


white horse
Horses. They’re beautiful creatures in Minecraft. Originally created by a mod developer, Mojang implemented the mob because of how useful and fitting they seemed, and now they’re a staple part of the game. These lovable creatures carry us from one place to another while conserving our stamina, and they look awesome to boot! Ride into battle on your trusty steed, or go on a legendary adventure, they’re a versatile mob!

But, with how awesome they are, you might not know how to make more. Like any mob, Horses can breed with each other to create babies! This will be a general informative guide on how to breed Horses.

How do you breed horses in Minecraft?

Horses spawn naturally in herds of around 2-6, and can also be found in animal pens built by Villages. All color variations are equally likely.

To breed horses, you’ll need to tame them first. To do this, press the ‘use’ button (on Java, RMB) on the horse with nothing in your hand. After a few seconds, the Horse will buck you off. Repeatedly mount it, and once you see heart particle effects, you’ve tamed the Horse.

horse breeding To start breeding, you’ll need two tamed Horses, along with golden apples or golden carrots. Feeding both Horses with either will activate ‘love mode’ (ooh la la!) causing them to mate and produce a foal.(baby horse) This foal will most likely look like one of its parents, but it has around a ⅓ chance of being a completely random color variation.

How to make a Mule

You can breed a Horse with a Donkey the same way you would two Horses, and that will result in a Mule being born. Mules cannot breed, but they will basically be a better version of a Donkey. Donkey Pro, pretty much.

Why make a Mule?

muleWhy should you go through the trouble of breeding a Horse with a Donkey, you may ask. Well, I’ve already anticipated your question, young reader. Basically, Horses are much faster and can jump higher than Donkeys, but they cannot carry chests. Donkeys can.

Mules are a breed between the two, and can carry chests while going at decent speeds. They may not reach Horse stats, but it’s much better than Donkeys. You may then proceed to annihilate the other mobs, if you so please.


Dr. Zhark appears in the credits after the End Poem as the creator of the horses.

If a player picks up leather dropped by an adult horse, they receive the “Cow Tipper” achievement. This is due to the achievement being given when a player picks up any piece of leather instead of being given when one kills a cow.

If a player pulling a horse with a lead enters a boat, the horse swims along at the same speed as the boat.

A horse with a rider can be pulled by a lead, and can even be lifted into the air.

On multiplayer, to know which of two horses (owned and ridden by different players) is faster, each rider can apply a lead to the other horse, then play ‘tug of war’. The stronger horse is faster.


Horses are pretty easy to breed, and you shouldn’t have a hard time at all. The biggest issue you’ll run into is that you might not have a lead or saddle, which will be required to drag the horsie wherever you need ’em. Horses are incredibly useful for travel, combat, and they’re just an awesome addition to any of your Minecraft worlds (until you get an Elytra, that is.) Now, I wish you all a great week!

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