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Horse Update

Java Edition

Official name

Horse Update

Released versions

1.6.1 •  1.6.2 •  1.6.4

This guide is a simplified overview of all the changes in the Horse Update (Java Edition 1.6.x releases), which assumes at least some familiarity with the Redstone Update (Java Edition 1.5.x releases).



Name Image Habitat Drops Note
Horse White Horse Revision 1.png Spawns in plains
  • Creation assisted & inspired by DrZhark's Mo' Creatures mod
  • To tame, ride them and get thrown off a few times until hearts appear
  • Can be bred using Golden Apples & Golden Carrots
  • Health can be restored using Bread, Sugar, Hay Bales, Wheat, Apples, Golden Apples & Golden Carrots
  • Baby Horses can be grown the same way
  • Players riding saddled Horses are granted full control over the Horse's movement
    • Color, style, maximum health, jump height and speed vary between Horses
  • Open your inventory, right click a Horse or press the inventory key while holding LSHIFT and looking at a Horse to access their inventory to deal with their storage, armor and saddle
  • Rarely spawn in small groups
Donkey Donkey Revision 1.png Spawns in plains
  • Like horses, but smaller and gray
  • Can carry chests with 15 slots on their saddles
Mule Mule Revision 1.png Only spawns by breeding a horse with a donkey
  • Can wear chests on their saddles, just like donkeys
  • Not breedable with horses, donkeys, or other mules
Skeleton Horse and Zombie Horse Skeleton Horse Revision 1.pngZombie Horse Revision 1.png Can be spawned only by using third party programs. None
  • Introduced as the code of the normal Horse, although require third-party modifications to be used in the game.
  • Aren't used at this time


Name Image Changed
All mobs
  • Mobs named "Dinnerbone" or "Grumm" are now flipped upside down.
  • Now spawn in groups again.
Zombies Zombie.png
  • Now have a small chance to spawn additional zombies when damaged or not being looked at.
  • Able to lock onto the player from 40 blocks away (formerly 16 blocks).
  • Zombies that are locking onto a player can now move when further than 32 blocks away.
Withers Wither.png Armor has been retextured.



Name Image Obtaining Tool Required Uses
Hay Bale Hay Bale Axis Y JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe

Can be mined with any tool or hand
  • Can be used as a decorative block
Carpets White Carpet Revision 1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Matching Wool
  • Can be mined with any tool or hand
    • No tool speeds up mining this block
  • Can be used as a decorative block
Hardened Clay Terracotta JE2 BE2.png
Ingredients Smelting recipe
Clay (block) +
Any fuel

  • Can be mined with any pickaxe
Stained Clay Terracotta JE2 BE2.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Terracotta +
Matching Dye
Can be mined with any pickaxe
  • Can be used as a decorative block
Block of Coal Block of Coal JE2 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe

  • Crafted only with coal, not charcoal.
Can be mined with any pickaxe
  • Can be used as furnace fuel to smelt 80 items, which is more than its individual 9 coal ingredients can (72 smelted items).


Name Image Changed
Lapis Lazuli Block Lapis Lazuli Block JE2 BE2.png
  • Retextured subtly, it now has a border around it
Redstone Comparator Redstone Comparator Revision 2.png
  • Now gives a redstone signal for Cauldrons and End Portal frames depending on their state
    • Cauldrons give a signal strength of zero (empty) to three (full), depending on the water level
    • End Portal frames give a signal strength of either zero or fifteen, depending on if an Eye of Ender has been inserted



Name Image Obtaining Uses
Horse Armor Iron Horse Armor JE5 BE3.pngGolden Horse Armor JE4 BE3.pngDiamond Horse Armor JE4 BE3.png Cannot be crafted and it can only be found in most types of generated chests, including in Dungeons, Nether Fortresses, Desert Temples, and Jungle Temples
  • Horse armor
Horse Spawn Egg Can be obtained via Creative inventory.
  • Works like any other spawn egg

Sometimes a Donkey will be spawned instead

Lead Lead JE2 BE2.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
String +
  • Can be used to bind mobs to fences or lead them around
    • Right click mob first, then right-click fence or right-click the mob again to get the leash back
Name Tag Name Tag JE2 BE2.png Found in dungeon chests Name it in an anvil, then right click a mob to name it.


Name Image Changed
Charcoal Coal JE3 BE2.png
  • Retextured, with more brown shading to differentiate from coal
Saddle Saddle JE1 BE1.png
  • The player can now put a saddle on a horse
Golden Apple Golden Apple JE1 BE1.png
  • Golden apples now require gold ingots instead of gold nuggets to craft
  • Golden apples now give Regeneration II for 10 seconds and both tiers give Absorption for 1 min 30 seconds
Glistering Melon Glistering Melon Slice JE1 BE1.png Glistering melons now require 8 gold nuggets



Name Image Changed
Deserts Desert.png No longer contain water lakes.