The Minecraft horse is the most recent mob addition allowing for fast travel for players and quick transportation of items. Horses, through breeding, can reach fantastic speeds. The similar mobs, donkeys and mules, can add 15 inventory slots through use of chests. This guide will cover everything from finding and taming a horse, to breeding and storing them. To start, lets go over the basics of a Minecraft horse.
Basics to Minecraft Horses
Minecraft horses, donkeys, and mules were added in the 1.6 update. Once a horse is found you may ride it several times until it becomes tame. Tamed horses, unlike tamed cats and dogs, will wander around unless you are currently riding it or you use a lead to tie it to a fence post. Saddles can be put on all three types of horse and a chest may be placed on a donkey or mule that allows an extra 15 slots of storage. Mules are not found naturally, but can be bred from a horse and a donkey. Next, lets cover the first part of this adventure, finding a horse!
Finding and Taming Horses
Horses and donkeys are found in newly generated plains and savannah biomes. Newly generated means a savannah or plains biome that was generated after horses were added. Because most of the frontier on Empire Minecraft was generated before 1.6, it is best to go to the wastelands to find a horse in one of these biomes. Once a horse is located, right clicking it will place you on top of the horse. On your first time riding the horse, you will likely be bucked off. After repeating this process multiple times, the horse will be tamed. This process is the same for donkeys and mules. An easy way to see if a Minecraft horse is worth the time to tame is to use the /horse command. Ride an untamed horse and quickly type /horse, this will tell you the statistics of a horse.
Breeding and Statistics
Both horses and donkeys can breed like any other mob, and a donkey and horse may breed to create a mule. Mules are sterile and are unable to breed with all types of horses, not even with other mules. Horses may be bred using either golden carrots or golden apples. The recipe for a golden carrot takes 88% less gold and is the recommended method. The statistics of a horse are made by averaging the two parents along with a random statistic another horse would have. This third part averaged can cause the statistics of a bred horse to be much lower or higher than both parents, or stay close to the parent statistics. The average statistics of a good horse in EMC horse ranking terms (found by typing /horse while riding it) are 100% for speed, 70% for jump, and 25.00 for health. To get a great horse, breed two high stat horses together until you get a horse that has higher stats than both parents. Then, find another horse with a stat higher than the parents and breed those two. The stats will gradually rise until you reach a high point, and that will be your best horse!
Minecraft Horse Features
Players may ride a horse by opening their player inventory while riding a horse and placing a saddle in the saddle slot of the horse. Doing this will allow riding of the horse and the saddle may be removed in the same way that it was added. Once the saddle is added and the horse is ridden, traveling using the horse is the same as walking normally. The only difference in movement is the jump feature. The bar where experience is normally shown, above the inventory hotbar, becomes the horse jump bar. Holding down jump will fill this bar and once the bar fills it will slowly deplete. Jumping when the bar is 100% full will make the highest possible jump for that horse.
Horse armor can be placed on a horse, not donkeys or mules, and is found in naturally generated chests like those in dungeons and nether fortresses. The armor on a horse will never take durability from any type of damage. While donkeys and mules are excluded from the protection of horse armor, they have a special feature that horses do not receive. Right clicking a horse or donkey while holding a chest will place the chest on the mob, allowing you access to 15 extra inventory slots when opening your inventory while riding the horse. The items may be left in the chest with the horse, but if you eggify the horse in Empire Minecraft the items in the chest will be placed in your inventory. You also may not /stable store a horse if items are in its inventory, though saddles and horse armor can be equipped while /stable store is used. Leads may be used to pull the horse around, and right clicking a fence while holding a lead attached to a horse will attach the horse to the fence making it stay within a few blocks of that fence.
Empire Minecraft Horse Features
When the Empire Minecraft horse update came out, several horse additions were provided along with the regular 1.6 update. Empire Minecraft horses have been given several unique features that help in day to day use. Once tamed, horses are attached to the owners residence and can be taken around town. After a period of 5 minutes the horse will return to its home residence. Horses may only be ridden by the owner, but you may allow other players to ride it using two commands. /horse rider +username to add a rider and /horse rider -username to remove an allowed rider. Horses may be stored and moved in two different ways. The first way is egging the horse, which will keep the statistics of the horse but all armor, chests, saddles, or items will be placed in your inventory after egging. When the egg is used, a baby horse with the exact same breed and statistics will be placed. The other way is through use of /stable. /stable store allows you to store your horse and take it across servers. If you take your horse to a server besides the one the horses home res is on, your horse will automatically re-enter the stable once you dismount. Free players get one stable slot, iron 2, gold 3, and diamond five. You may also use a stable voucher to increase the available amount of stable slots. In the wild, you must go near your horse every 15 days or it will untame itself. A quick summary and several links to further information on the Empire Minecraft horse update can be found on the Empire Minecraft wiki page here.