Riding a horse is an exhilarating experience, and saddling up before a ride is a crucial part of the process. A saddle is not just a piece of equipment but a connection between the rider and the horse. It allows the rider to feel the horse’s movements and respond accordingly, creating a partnership between them. As the rider carefully places the saddle on the horse’s back, adjusting it to ensure a comfortable fit, they also establish trust and respect with their equine partner. The saddle is not just a means of transportation but a symbol of the bond between humans and animals, reminding us of their unique relationship for centuries.
It would help if you had a saddle on your horse to make it move. Riding a horse is one of the favorite things that Minecraft players want to do in their game. You can ride a Minecraft horse, but first, you need to saddle your horse. Although it is not difficult, you need some instructions to do so.
Get suitable materials
To put on your Minecraft horse’s saddle, you will need four types of leather or one tanned leather at least and two pieces of string. You can also use wool instead of yarn if that stuff is available. Besides these items, you will also need a crafting table and furnace to make these tools required for putting on a Minecraft horse’s saddle.
How to put a saddle on horse in Minecraft?
Either mount the horse or while pointing at the horse, go to the inventory menu. This will show your inventory and the choices for the Horse. Raise the saddle to where its outline is. Either mount the horse or while pointing at the horse, go to the inventory menu. This will show your inventory and the choices for the Horse. Raise the saddle to where its outline is.
A workbench might be necessary, too, since it might take time before your next step is completed. It would help if you had an empty slot in your inventory that could fit all these items below:
1. Make the tools needed to put on the Minecraft horse’s saddle
You have to craft a saddle in the Minecraft creative mode. Go to your workbench and put leathers, string, or wool and your saddle in it. If you are lucky enough, you can also create saddles using fewer materials by putting two tackles on the crafting table instead of one.
You will get two strips of leather when these items are converted into saddles because each strip is cut from a piece of tanned leather.
2. Put on the Minecraft horse’s saddle
The easiest way to do this is to go-to creative mode, then hit F5 to play Minecraft in spectator mode. You should be able to see your character riding a horse now but without any saddle on it. Your next step is easy, sneakily ride your horse, then right-click on a block to open a pop-up menu. Click on the button that says “ride,” and you’ll be able to see your Minecraft character putting a saddle on their Minecraft horse now. After placing the saddle, you can ride your horse now from one place to another!
If this is not working for you or you don’t want to play in creative mode, find your Minecraft horse and right-click it with a piece of leather in its inventory. Ensure that there is no other item inside it since leathers are used up when clicked with an empty hand. It will show a message that says, “Ride Horse.” Do as instructed, and you should be riding your Minecraft horse with a saddle on it after this!
3. Put some armor on your Minecraft horse
You can give your Minecraft horse some armor to make it even more robust – the only thing is that you have to kill an Enderman for Ender Pearls. The process of killing an Enderman may take time before you get enough pearls but don’t worry because the longer you struggle, the more likely you are to get these special items!
Once you have enough Ender Pearls, craft some leather armor and put them on your Minecraft horses’ body parts, including its head, neck, back, legs, and tail. If you also want to be safe from attack by hostile Minecraft mobs, put some diamond or iron armor around its too.
After all of these, you should be pleased riding your Minecraft horse! You can also get some saddle modifications that can improve your Minecraft horse’s stats. Put on an enchanted book on your Minecraft horse’s inventory and continue to ride it while sneaking. Otherwise, it will go away after dismounting or making a jump. When its inventory is full of enchantments, open the enchantment table again by right-clicking on it while holding a book with complete data of these enchantments.
Many more enchantments are available, but they will only work when you have higher experience levels in playing Minecraft, which means that you need to play longer hours on the game!
4. Ride your Minecraft horse to any place you want
Make sure that you have filled up the food bar of your Minecraft horse and use a carrot or mushroom on it once (not more than one time) every five minutes after riding for 1 minute! The food meter, located at the top-right part of its health bar, should be complete before the timer stops if you want to keep riding without any disturbance. Then go straight ahead using the sneak button, right-click on a block to move forward!
5. Ride your Minecraft horse in Creative mode
You can fly above the ground with no obstacles other than dismounting from it when you want to land in this mode. Riding a flying Minecraft horse is very nice!
Why is it necessary to put a saddle on a horse in Minecraft?
The first reason is safety. Horses are faster than walking but cannot jump over obstacles on the way. So it would help if you jumped first, then your horse would automatically follow it. This may be dangerous if you are not familiar with the terrain or have leap-enhanced saddles, making you fall off it and lose health, experience points (XP), food, even essential items.
The second reason is that horses without a saddle can’t protect themselves against hostile mob attacks. A low-level player will undoubtedly die because mobs like skeletons and zombies can easily throw fireballs or arrows at them without being troubled by any defense mechanism of the horse. Without a saddle, your horse won’t even run away, so it will become inevitable to die when attacked by these troublesome mobs.
If you play in Creative (or Adventure) mode, the horse needs to be saddled with clearing obstacles like water or lava, unless you want your Minecraft horse sacrificed!
Different Minecraft horses have foreign jump power and speed, so choose wisely before saddling them. Horses can also level up, which means they gain more health, stamina, and movement speed than when their XP bar is not complete! So, don’t forget to feed your Minecraft horses with grass when they are exhausted after riding too much without rest so that they will recover their health points quickly.