What Do Horses Eat in Minecraft

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Horses are great creatures in Minecraft! Besides farming, breeding, and being a good source of leather, you can also ride horses in Minecraft for better transportation! With the right technique (and luck), you can get a horse with a double speed faster than a Minecraft player’s walking speed, sometimes even triple!

So, what do Horses eat in Minecraft?

To tame or breed horses in Minecraft, you should know the food they love. Horses in Minecraft eat sugar, wheat, apple, golden carrot, golden apple, and hay bale. And most food here can be farmed automatically.

You can use any of the food above to lure the horses, making them follow you anywhere. Or you can feed them to any 2 tamed horses and they will start breeding to create a foal. Please note that you can’t breed horses using Hay Bale.

Feeding a horse with the correct food will not only increase its health points but also increase the temper attribute of the horse. This is important if you want to tame a horse in Minecraft!

How to Get Food for Horses in Minecraft

#1 Sugar

Sugar is an ingredient crafted from sugarcane and honey bottle. For each sugarcane put in the crafting grid, you will get 1 sugar. Each honey bottle will give you 3 sugar so farming honey is also an option.

Another way to get sugar is to kill the witches. They drop 0-2 sugar on death and up to 5 sugar with Looting III enchantment. But be careful, witches are dangerous! 

#2 Wheat

Wheat is a basic crop in Minecraft that you can harvest from wheat crops, which are planted using wheat seed on farmland. Wheat is also common in most structures so make sure to look for loot chests!

#3 Apple

Apple is a rare food item dropped from oak variant leaves. When a leave block decay or is destroyed, it has a 0.5% chance to drop only 1 apple. You can increase this chance to 0.833% with the Fortune III tool.

With that being said, the best way to get apples in Minecraft is to trade with the farmer villagers. They sell 4 apples for only 1 emerald!

#4 Golden Carrot

You can get golden carrots in Minecraft in 3 ways:

  • Looting chests in ancient cities, bastion remnants, or ruined portals.
  • Craft a golden carrot using 1 carrot and 8 gold nuggets.
  • Or being one of the Hermit, trade with the master farmer villagers. They sell 1 golden carrot for 1 emerald. This is known as one of the best methods to get the best food in Minecraft!

#5 Golden Apple

Golden Apple can be obtained by crafting and looting chests. To craft one, you need 1 apple and 8 gold ingots, not nuggets like golden carrots. This is 72 times more expensive compared to crafting a golden carrot. 

#6 Hay Bale

Best food for horses! You can craft Hay Bale by putting 9 Wheat on the crafting table.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you feed tamed horses in Minecraft?

You can feed tamed horses anything from the 6 food above. But golden apples and carrots will make them enter love mode, which will allow them to breed with each other.

Do you need to feed horses in Minecraft?

Like any other Minecraft mobs, you don’t need to feed horses in Minecraft. They don’t need it to survive, partially… But if your horses take damage, you should heal them by feeding them.

What color horse is the fastest in Minecraft?

There is no relative between the horse’s color and its speed. When one spawns in the world or is created from breeding, its speed is randomized between 0.1125 and 0.3375. To have a sense of how much this is, the player’s walking speed is 0.1.

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