Horses are one of Minecraft’s many neutral or passive mobs. Just as other mobs of this type can be used to gather resources or provide food to a player, horses have their own unique purpose if the player can tame them. Once tamed, a horse can be ridden, and you can give it armor to keep it safe when fighting crowds.
Racehorses in Minecraft
Horses occur naturally in Minecraft and come in different variations. Similar to chickens, cats, wolves, cows, turtles, etc., horses can be bred. Horse breeding follows the same principle as other mobs. The only trick is knowing what to feed the horse.
To breed horses in Minecraft, you need to feed them one of the following items;
- golden apples or
- golden carrots
Between apples and carrots, apples are a lot easier to come by.
Get apples in Minecraft
To get apples in Minecraft, you can search for them in boxes in villages, temples, and mine shafts. You can also dismantle them.
Find an oak tree (they are very common)
Break off the leaves from the tree.
Keep breaking them and they will eventually drop an apple.
Look for large oak trees and you will usually get an apple from them, if not more.
Get Carrots in Minecraft
Carrots are found on farms in villages or in chests in temples, mine shafts, villages, etc. They are most commonly found on village farms, although not all village farms have carrots.
Carrots can be hard to find, but once you find one you can plant and grow more. Unlike apples, one carrot is enough to create your own source for it.
Get gold in Minecraft
Regardless of whether you want to feed a horse a golden apple or a golden carrot, you need gold. Gold is an ore that occurs underground.
To win gold, you need an iron pickaxe. Gold can be found at levels 2-29. Read our guide to Minecraft ores for more details.
Carrot Craft / Golden Apple
Creating a golden apple or carrot requires;
- an apple or a carrot
- eight gold bars
To make a golden carrot or an apple;
Open the work table.
Put the apple or carrot (whichever you use) in the middle cell, that is, the second cell in the second row.
Place gold bars in each of the remaining cells.
Pick up the golden apple or carrot.
Racehorses in Minecraft
You should have at least ten apples or golden carrots ready. You can use a combination of both. There is no rule that says you can only feed a horse apples or only carrots. Mix it up if you want or need it.
Make sure you have at least two domesticated horses.
Pick up the apple / golden carrot.
Use the location / action item to use on the horse while holding the carrot / apple.
Repeat until you see hearts pop out of the horse.
Repeat for the other horse.
If all goes well, you will have a foal.
The hardest part of horse breeding is finding the gold for apples / carrots. Basically, if you don’t know how to tame a horse, you have to “ride” it and keep doing it until it stops kicking you. That’s all. With certain types of horses, it may take some experimentation while others are much easier to tame.
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