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How to Tame and Ride a Horse in Minecraft

Horses were added to Minecraft in the extensive version 1.6 update. Horses are passive mobs in the game which can be ridden once tamed; the primary use for riding a horse is the sheer gain in speed, making traversing large distances of the map far more practical.


Horses can have 1 of 7 base colors: white, buckskin, flaxen chestnut, bay, black, dapple gray, and dark bay. Every horse will also exhibit 1 of 5 marking patterns, this all results in a total of 35 possible different horse designs.


Items you need to tame and ride a horse:


- Saddle


For info on how to craft a saddle refer to this tutorial.


How to Tame and Ride a Horse in Minecraft?


In a Nutshell:

To tame a horse, first, find a horse, then tame it by repeatedly trying to mount it, and once the horse lets you mount it, place a saddle holding a saddle in your hand and right-clicking the horse. Now that you have tamed and put a saddle on the horse, click the horse and ride it wherever you like.


Step-by-Step Guide(with Pictures):


Here is the step-by-step pictorial guide you need to follow to Tame and Ride a Horse in Minecraft:


Find a Horse


Step 1.) The first step will just be locating a horse, you'll find horses spawn in plains and savanna biomes, which are extremely common.


A horse in Minecraft



Tame the Horse


Step 2.) Next, select an empty slot in your Hotbar as you must use your hand to tame the horse. You will tame a horse by repeatedly trying to mount the horse and getting bucked off.


Taming a horse in Minecraft : Image 1


Taming a horse in Minecraft : Image 2


Put a Saddle on the Horse


Step 3.) After the horse stops kicking you off, it is ready to be saddled. You can put a saddle on the horse by holding a saddle in your hand and right-clicking the horse.


Putting Saddle on a Horse in Minecraft : Image 1


Putting Saddle on a Horse in Minecraft : Image 2


Mount the Horse


Step 4.) Now that you have tamed and put a saddle on the horse, all you have to do is right-click said horse in order to mount it. Use the same controls while riding that you do while running around in order to move the horse.


Mounting a horse in Minecraft : Image 1


Mounting a horse in Minecraft : Image 2


Dismount the Horse


Step 5.) To dismount the horse, use your sneak key, which is usually set to left shift on the Java edition of Minecraft.


Dismounting a horse in Minecraft


Video Guide



FAQs


Q1. What food can be used to tame a horse in Minecraft?


A. You can use hay bales, sugar, apples, bread, golden carrots, and golden apples to make taming a horse faster, however, food is not a requirement to taming; it simply only speeds the process up.


Q2. How long does it take to tame a horse in Minecraft?


A. There is no set answer to this question as horse taming is feature-based solely on random Minecraft events, so each horse will be different in terms of how long it will take to be tamed.


Most of the time, however, the process should not take longer than a few minutes.


Conclusion


Horses in their current state in the game are a highly unique and special mob due to the fact they can be ridden after being tamed, which allows players to potentially reach a maximum speed of 14.23 blocks/second, much faster than regular sprinting. This gives them a huge role to play in efficient and fast transportation; not to mention horses can also jump up to a maximum of 5.5 blocks in the air depending on the horse breed.


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