Minecraft: Horse Breeding Guide – How-to Breed Horses!

This guide will teach you everything there is to know about breeding horses in Minecraft! We’ll take you from start to finish, so you can ride the steed of your dreams!

What You'll Need

Before you set out on your horse taming adventure, it’s good to have some apples or carrots. Wild horses will follow you if you have one in your hand, and can be hard to get back to base otherwise. You’ll also need Golden Apples or Carrots later to accomplish the breeding, so keep that in mind as well.

Finding Horses

To breed your perfect horse, you’re going to have to start with some wild ones! Wild horses can be found in herds of 2-6 in Plains and Savannah biomes, and villages may also have some in fenced-off areas. If you already have some tame horses, that’s okay too.  You’ll need at least two of them to get started. Just take a look at the “Stats and Appearance” section down below to make sure they’re the ones you need.

Endless variety!

Stats and Appearance

There are two main things you may want to consider when breeding your horses. The first is obvious: when searching for wild horses to breed, you should always be looking for horses that have the color and pattern you want. Horses come in 7 colors and have 5 different marking patterns, which means that there are a total of 35 different appearances to choose from!

The second thing you may not have noticed: horses have variations in their physical abilities as well as their appearance.  These variations appear in their health, movement speed, and jumping height.

The slowest horses can barely run faster than a player can walk, while the fastest horse in the game is almost twice as fast as a minecart on powered track!  The only thing faster is Elytra, and that’s a topic for another article.

Horses vary in their jumping ability as well, from the minimum of one block (the same as a player) to being able to clear over 5 blocks!

The last variation is in health. Horses have a maximum health ranging from 15 to 30 hearts, and a healthy horse could make the difference in a close fight. You can see your horse’s health above your inventory when mounted. Always ride horses around for a little while and check their stats before breeding them.


Breeding horses works like many other animals in Minecraft – you need two adults, and you must feed them both to get them in the mood. However, there are a few interesting twists to breeding horses. The first is that horses need to be tamed first. This is simple – just keep getting on the horse until it stops bucking you off, and it should be ready to get started. Read this link if you’re stuck.

The second twist is that horses can only enter “breeding mode” if you feed them a Golden Apple or a Golden Carrot.  The price is steep, but a horse with the right stats is worth it.

So cute!

When two horses in breeding mode are near each other, a little foal is born! Aww! It will share the color and pattern of one of its parents, with a 1 in 9 chance of being something completely different!  The new baby’s running, jumping, and health stats are also inherited from the parents, but they are calculated differently than the color. Abilities are averaged, between two parents and a third, random value.  This means that a foal’s abilities will be a mix between its parents, with a splash of something new!

Foals can be grown to full size quickly by feeding them-you guessed it-apples and carrots. Try it out and test its abilities.  If you don’t get the horse you want, wait a little while and try again.

That's all you need to know! If you breed a super-horse, let us know in the comments!

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