Minecraft Horse Breeding Guide: How to Breed Horses in Minecraft

Raise them right.

Horses were added to Minecraft in the 1.6 update. Since then, they have undergone several major transitions regarding their functionality in the game. Breeding animals has undergone a few changes throughout the years, and horses are no exception.

How to Breed Horses in Minecraft

The most important thing about breeding Horses in Minecraft is that they must be tamed for it to work. You cannot breed wild Horses. Taming is as simple as repeatedly mounting it until it stops bucking you off, but you can find a more in depth guide on how to tame Horses here.

Activating 'Love Mode' in Minecraft

The first step can also be considered the last since it is the only thing you're required to do. To activate Love Mode, you must feed Golden Apples or Golden Carrots to two tamed Horses that are near each other. Upon doing this successfully, the two Horses will mate and produce a Foal.

Alternatively, if you breed one Horse with one Donkey, the baby will be a Mule. Mules cannot be bred further. Instead, Mules are mostly used as pack animals that help players transport large quantities of items more efficiently.

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Horse Stats and Appearance

When Horses breed to produce a Foal, the Foal will most likely have traits that reflect the traits of at least one of the parent Horses. The chart below outlines the probability of a Foal's colors and markings according the game's mechanics.

Color of Horse AColor of Horse BRandom Colors
Markings of Horse A17.78%17.78%4.44%
Markings of Horse B17.78%17.78%4.44%
Random Markings8.89%8.89%2.22%

The stats of a Foal are determined by averaging both parent Horse's stats with a third set of random stats that mimic the stat ranges of a naturally spawned horse.

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! 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 five blocks! Because of these reasons, it's a good idea to selectively breed your most powerful Horses if you want a real powerhouse (powerhorse?) of an animal.

Growing Horses in Minecraft

If you're on a quest to eventually breed the most powerful horse possible, you can speed up the process by forcing Foals to grow to a full-sized Horse. To do this, you simply need to feed them things they like. The list below outlines which foods you can feed them, and how much it speeds up the time before they become Horses.

  • Apple: One minute
  • Golden Carrot: One minute
  • Golden Apple: Four minutes
  • Hay Bale: Three minutes
  • Sugar: 30 seconds
  • Wheat: 20 seconds

That's all you need to know about how to breed horses!

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Minecraft Horse Breeding Guide: How to Breed Horses in Minecraft

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  1. Breeding horses is setup up in such a way as you can breed a “better than average” horse very quickly (even from inferior parents), but breeding the perfect horse is impossible. The number of breeding attempts rises exponentially, so while it may take you only 30 attempts to breed a horse than runs at 75% speed of the perfect horse, it will take you a few thousand to get one which runs at 95% or higher. The same goes for other stats.

  2. Thanks, this was very helpful! Just one question, can you selectively breed horses, or is it random? (In bedrock) there was a YouTuber I saw that had an amazing horse and he said he selectively bred horses for hours but I couldn’t tell if he was joking or lot lol. I doubt I’ll get a response but meh I’ll post this anyways. Thanks!

    1. I think it’s actually both. The foal gets an average of the parent’s stats but also randomised value as well I believe. It’ll take a while for sure!

  3. This isnt a tip,but it may be interesting and helpful so feel free to read!So I find that a perfect horse,in my book,has more sentimental value than stats.Like in the world I play with my two friends,I would rather ride Stardust,my horse I found at the start,than a horse with super stats who I have no bond with.Id say that it is better to ride a horse you love than a horse with super stats.I dont know if its just me,but they seem a better ride.Even if Firefoot was extremely annoying when she fell down Deathflower ravine.Dont worry shes ok.And I have to say this,but memories are worth more than stats.And this is the last time I say an I would rather ride,but I would rather ride Lassie,the shared horse,well I gave up my half ownership of her to my friend as I had Stardust and she had only a shared horse,but still,my friend lets us all ride her,than a mega horse I have no bond with.And heres a random pet tip,but your horses never seem to wander away that far.I mostly let them wander around the small island but its fenced in dont worry.But only let them wander if the island is small and fenced in. Also fence in dangerous places like ravines,caves,lava,ect.Also I find that if I can no longer keep a horse,or if I am going to delete the world ect,that you should let your pets out,sit up dogs and cats,let your horses out the pen, so if the world continues after you leave the animals can roam free and be happy.

    Thats all I have,so bye.