How to breed horses in Minecraft?

How to breed horses in Minecraft? Can you breed a horse with any other animal? How to build your farm and fill it with farm animals?

Horses are one of the most essential and valuable animals in Minecraft, and it is almost mandatory for every player to have at least a few! You need to find two horses, tame them, and breed them to create your horse farm! Mentioned below is a detailed guide on how to breed horses in Minecraft and all the items you need to do this.

Horses Locations in Minecraft

Minecraft horses are lovable mobs that are your best mode of transport in the game. You will find them in herds of 2-6 in savannahs and plains. You may even find a pack or two in animal pens and stables in the villages.

Horses Locations in Minecraft
Horses Locations in Minecraft

Once you come across a horse, you will need to tame it to breed it.

Taming Minecraft Horses

Taming horses in Minecraft is relatively easy. They have a temper meter that ranges from 0-to 100. There is also a taming threshold that you must cross to tame the horse. To reach the threshold, keep mounting on the horse even when it bucks you off! He will buck you off a couple of times until he becomes tame.

Taming Minecraft Horses
Taming Minecraft Horses

You can also feed the horse some sugar, apples, or wheat to hasten the taming process. However, the horse will only accept the food if it is hungry. Thus, hold the food you want to feed the horse in your hand and walk towards it. If it is hungry, it will gobble up the food and become tame quickly.

After the taming threshold is crossed, hearts will appear on the horse, and you now have a friendly pet in Minecraft.

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Breeding Horses in Minecraft

After locating and taming two horses, put saddles on them to transport them to your desired location. Keep in mind that Minecraft does not allot genders to horses! Therefore, you do not need to worry about finding a male and female horse. Additionally, the two horses need to be close to each other to breed. Thus, to keep them from escaping, you may consider building a fence around them.

Breeding Horses in Minecraft
Breeding Horses in Minecraft

You will need golden apples or carrots for breeding the horses. These special treats will make them enter the love mode and mate.

Crafting Golden Apples and Carrots in Minecraft

Golden apples are found in treasure chests in the Nether and Overworld. Alternatively, you can craft your golden apples using the crafting menu. Place your regular apple in the center slot of the crafting menu. Now put eight gold slabs in the surrounding menu slots and craft everything together to create your golden apple.

Crafting Golden Apples and Carrots in Minecraft
Crafting Golden Apples and Carrots in Minecraft

The gold ingots are made by crafting none gold nuggets together or smelting gold ores and raw gold.

You can also feed horses golden carrots for breeding them. These are easier and less expensive to make! All you need is a regular carrot and eight gold nuggets!

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The gold nuggets are obtained from mining Nether Gold Ores or smelting golden items. You may even find a few in the treasure chests.

Feeding Horses in Minecraft

Once your treats are ready, feed each horse at least one golden apple or carrot. The different editions of the game have different ways of feeding. For example, you need to right-click each horse to feed it an apple in the Java Edition, while the Pocket edition requires you to tap on each horse once to feed them.

Feeding Horses in Minecraft
Feeding Horses in Minecraft

You will see hearts above them as they enter into the love mode. A few seconds later, a baby horse will appear!

The baby horse or foal relies on his parent horses and follows them around. Give your foals 20 minutes to mature and become adult horses. Feed the foals some sugar, apples, wheat, and hay if you want to hasten the process.

Tips for Breeding Horses in Minecraft

Minecraft has a huge variety of horses that come in seven unique colors. Moreover, there are different markings on each horse, and the variety of markings is five. Thus, you will come across 35 special types of horses while playing.

Tips for Breeding Horses in Minecraft
Tips for Breeding Horses in Minecraft

You can’t predict what your newly bred foal will look like. The game rolls a random dice to decide the fate of the foal. The foal will most likely resemble one of its parents. However, there is a 29 percent chance that it may differ from its parents and be unique. The only way to ensure you get a horse of a specific color is to breed two horses with the same color.

Each horse has its health, jump strength statistics, and movement speed. All these qualities are allocated to the horses randomly. The game averages the stats of the two parents being bred together to decide the fate of the foal. Thus, your foal’s skills and strengths will depend upon the skills and strengths of its parents.

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Breeding Horses to Create Mules in Minecraft

It is possible to breed a horse with another animal like a donkey. You will have to find one horse and one donkey, tame them, and lastly, feed them golden apples or carrots to breed them. The resulting offspring is called a baby mule. The mule will not be able to breed even after it becomes mature! Thus, the only way to get mules in Minecraft is to breed horses and donkeys together. You can then use the mules the same way you use your donkeys to carry your items around. 

Breeding Horses to Create Mules in Minecraft
Breeding Horses to Create Mules in Minecraft

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