How to Breed Horses in Minecraft?

In Minecraft, horses are handy for players to travel around in the game. Naturally, it would behoove players to come up with a horse-breeding program, just in case anything happens to their horse during their journeys. Even though players will see a considerable amount of horses roaming about, having an in-house breeding program is always right. It can serve as a back up for players who are interested in starting their horse ranch.

Breeding horses also has advantages as well. It can be used to improve the horse statistics to breed better-performing horses. Horses can take greater damage, run at faster speeds,  and jump higher if bred properly. Whichever reason players choose to breed their horses, there are certain requirements to be kept in mind. We will help the players of Minecraft to breed horses in this guide.

How to Breed Horses in Minecraft?

Where to find Horses to Breed?

To breed horses, one must first find them. Horses can be seen in herds, of two or six and are usually in any of the following locations:

  • Savannas Biomes
  • Plains Biomes
  • Village stables


It is not compulsory for all villages to have a stable.

Due to this, players might take some time to locate the horse herds depending on where they are, and the structure of the player’s world seed. Horses come in many different colors like white, grey, chestnut, brown, and each with some unique markings. Apart from the savanna biomes and plains biomes, horses can also be found in village stables. Unlike the open wild, players will have to steal one from a village.

What is needed to Breed Horses?

To successfully breed horses, players need the right specific food resources. For this, having two golden apples or golden carrots will do the trick. Players can get apples through random drops from any Oaktree, whereas carrots come through zombie drops or farms.

Then, the apple or carrot can be combined with eight golden ingots or golden nuggets to get their corresponding golden counterpart.

How to Breed Horses?

Two horses are needed as parents to breed new horses. All kinds of horses will mix with each other without any issues. If players are trying to get a foal with a specific color, then they would need to have the same colored horses as parents. It is important to note that only tamable horses can be bred. This means, players must find horses that can be tamed in order to breed them, so a wild horse cannot breed with a tamed horse and vice-versa. The newly bred foal, however, will be wild and must be tamed at the appropriate time.

There are two exceptions to this:

  • Skeleton Horses
  • Zombie Horses

These horses cannot be fed, so they cannot be used for breeding purposes. If players really want to get more of these horses, they will have to simply find them roaming about in the wild or use a spawn egg.

Additionally, horses can also be bred with donkeys to make a mule. The mule’s performance stats lie anywhere between the horse and the donkey in terms of carrying load and mobility. This makes the mules one of the best mobs in the game that can be tamed. The proceed to breed a mule is the same as a foal. Have a horse and donkey in a paddock and feed them either a golden apple or golden carrot.

Love Mode in Minecraft

Once the horse-horse or horse-mule are fed their golden apples or golden carrots, players will notice hearts forming above the animal. When both animals have them, they will trigger the Love Mode. Voila! Breeding has begun. In Love Mode, the horses should only be at a maximum distance of 8 blocks from each other in order for them to seek each other out. So, it is easier if they are kept in some sort of pen with fences to restrict their movement.

The Love Mode trance only lasts for 30 seconds, and then the horses will go back to the original state if they have not sought each other out by then. If that happens, players will have to re-feed them to start the Love Mode again with the golden apples or golden carrots.

Foals in Minecraft

Once that is done, the horses will kiss, and foal will spawn. This marks the breeding process as complete. After a successful breeding session, the parent horses or horse-mule need a 5 minute cool down period before being able to breed again. Within these 5 minutes, they will not re-enter Love Mode, regardless of what is fed to them.

Players are advised to have multiple horses or mules to carry out a higher rate of breeding operation. As soon as the foal is spawned, it will reach adulthood in 20 minutes. If the foal is fed with sugar, apples, or wheat, it will reduce the time period by 10% for each food resource. Once they are matured, players can tame them, breed them, and ride them. The foals can be fed until their maturity-timer is down to a couple of seconds or proceed to feed it through adulthood. It is easier for players to have a fairly adequate sugar or wheat farm to speed up the maturity process.

As mentioned earlier, if players want specific colored foals, then their parents must be the same color as well. But this method does not always guarantee the desired results. It is reported that there is a 17.78% probability that the foal will actually be the same color and have similar performance to either of the parents or a mix of both.

It is better to have large breeding operations and have multiple foals with different colors and speeds to get the desired results. Having a large sugar or wheat farm will make this process go much smoother, and players will be able to have their horse ranch in Minecraft.

There you have it. All that players need to know about breeding horses and mules in Minecraft. We hope this guide helped you. You can check out our guides on iPhone and iPad, P.C. Troubleshooting and Android. We want you to participate in the $150 giveaway by subscribing to our YouTube Channel. If you have any feedback or queries, comment down below with your name and e-mail I.D. Thank You.

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