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Horses are a passive mob with various breeds. Horses can be tamed, named, and bred; and can be ridden. Riding horses is unlike riding pigs, because when riding a horse you can control where it goes. Some horses can even be flown.
Taming horses is a complex process. Before you begin taming, you must put a saddle on the horse by holding the saddle and right clicking on the horse. Next you must feed them to reduce their temper. Each type of horse has an amount of temper that must be removed before it is considered tame. Different foods will reduce temper by different amounts. Here are all foods that can currently (V2.7) be used to reduce temper. Once tamed a horse will not despawn.
|Wheat||-25 temper (To a minimum of 25)|
|Sugar Lump||-50 temper (To a minimum of 25)|
|Bread||-100 temper (To a minimum of 25)|
To feed a horse hold the food you wish to feed it then right click on the horse. As of V2.7 and earlier there is a bug that causes you to eat a sugar lump when feeding it to a horse, using 2 sugar cubes per right click. After reducing temper to 25 or lower the horse must be ridden to complete taming. An additional feeding may be necessary whilst on the horse, giving the player a prompt to name your pet. It is recommended that you reduce temper as much as possible before attempting to ride a horse. To ride a horse right click it while not holding food. While being tamed, horses will buck you off, possibly several times, possibly causing fall damage.
Types of Horse
There are currently (V2.7) 8 different types of horse with different speeds, hit points totals, temperaments, and chance to spawn in the wild.
|Breed||Color / Description||Speed||Health||Temper||Spawn Chance|
|Regular Horse||Light brown||0.9||25||100||50%|
|Unicorn||White with horn||1.3||40||400||4%|
|Pegasus||White with wings||1.2||40||500||1%|
|Pack Horse||Pinkish brown with saddle bags||0.9||40||600||0%|
|Black Pegasus||Gray with wings||1.3||50||800||0%|
|Fairy Horse||white with white horn and wings||1.3||50||900||0%|
In the mod's options it is possible to raise the spawn chance of Pegasus from 1% to 10%. This also lowers the chance of other horses spawning. Pack Horses, Nightmares, Black Pegasus and Fairy Horse can not be found in the wild and must be bred. When any horse spawns in the wild there is a 20% chance it will be a foal (baby horse).
Breeding horses is not the same procedure as breeding vanilla mobs; however, it is similar.
To breed horses you will require:
- 2 pumpkins/mushroom soup
- 2 non-sterile horses
- A place where they are within 4 squares of each other and 8 squares minimum away from you and other horses
- 5 minutes or half a Minecraft day
To breed horses you need to give each of the them a pumpkin or mushroom soup. One of the two that you feed the pumpkin/soup to will become sterile and not be able to breed again unless "Easy Breeding" is on in the mod's options when the foal is born. Turning Easy Breeding on after a horse becomes sterile will not allow it to breed. After about 5 minutes there will be a third horse. There is a ⅓ chance of this horse being a rare breed unless using "Easy Breeding" in which there is a 100% chance. The exact type of rare breed is determined by the total genetic value (TGV) of the parent horses.
|Horse||Genetic Value||TGV To Breed|
|Black Pegasus||8||12||Fairy Horse
Note that the total genetic value must EQUAL these numbers. If the value is 13 or higher it cannot produce a Black Pegasus. If the TGV cannot produce a rare breed you will get a random horse with genetic value 1-5. Also two Pack horses, although their TGV is 12, does not produce a Black Pegasus.
Before you can put a saddle on the new horse it must be fully grown. This happens naturally over the course of several minutes. To speed up the growing process feed the horse (this may not count towards reducing their temper).
As explained before, some horses can only be obtained with breeding.
Proper Storage And Care Of Your Horse
Horses have a tendency to wander so if you want to keep track of them, it's important that you contain them properly. It's important that there be no grass in their enclosure as predator mobs may spawn. While horses normally require a 2x2 space to move through, it's possible for them to glitch through smaller gaps so eliminating gaps in their pen is a must. If your horse becomes injured simply feed it in the same manner as you tamed him to restore his health.
When dismounted, you can get one or more tame horses to follow you by using a rope. Right click the rope to drop the connection.