Are you a horse fan? Do you like the feeling of the wind softly ruffling your hair while you are rushing through a map? Well, then this article on how to tame a horse in Minecraft is exactly for you! In the world of Minecraft, you are able to do practically anything – you can alter everything from your player name to the way you look!

There are, however, some steps you would need to take before you go around boasting that you now have an animal in your possession, and this is why we are here today. We are here to help you make your time in the world of Minecraft a lot easier and to provide you with the best instructions that will improve your game level tremendously.

Step 1 – Find a horse

If you are not sure of the exact place in the actual game, then we are happy to tell you that it’s Plains biome you should be looking for.

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A Minecraft horse

Step 2 – Tame a horse

Minecraft, unfortunately, does not allow you to ride the horse the minute you see one, which is why this tutorial exists. You need to tame it first. The process looks like you trying to get onto the horse heaps of times. The horse will buck you off for the first few times, but you should not give up! Mount-it!

In order to do that, make sure that your Hotbar has nothing selected in it. If everything is OK with that, pick the ‘hand’ tool. Try mounting the horse.

Because Minecraft features might differ depending on which game control method you are using, here is a list of actions you need to do on your specific one:

Java Edition (PC/Mac), Education Edition, or the Windows 10 EditionRight click on the horse
Pocket Edition (PE)Move the pointer (arrow) over the horse and then press the Mount button.
PS3 and PS4Press the L2 button on your controller.
Xbox 360 or an Xbox OnePress the LT button on the controller.
Wii U or a Nintendo SwitchPress the ZL button on your gamepad.

What now?

As you are already aware, the horse will straight away try to buck you off. But, once again, do not stop trying to mount it. After a couple of tries, the horse will let you sit on its back for a little bit longer.

You will know that your horse is tamed the moment an array of red hearts appear around it.

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Your tamed horse

f the taming process went successfully, you will be able to sit on your horse’s back without it trying to knock you off. Yet taming the horse is not enough in order for you to control its movements – for that, you will have to learn how to put a saddle on it.

There is another way

There is also another way with the help of which you can tame a horse in Minecraft – use apples!

  • Find some apple trees in the game and get about 16 apples from them
  • You should find the horse you want to tame. Once you have done that, go up to it and right-click on it until your inventory is empty of all those apples you have previously gathered. Your horse is now fed!
  • Feeding the horse should be considered finished once those red hearts appear around it. If they did, then your horse is now completely yours!

Find out more about horses at the wiki!

If you want to know how to make your horse move, then you should definitely go and look up the instructions for putting a saddle on a horse in Minecraft.