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Horse Armor
Leather Horse Armor JE1 BE3.pngIron Horse Armor JE5 BE3.pngGolden Horse Armor JE4 BE3.pngDiamond Horse Armor JE4 BE3.png
Black Leather Horse Armor.pngBlue Leather Horse Armor.pngBrown Leather Horse Armor.pngLight Blue Leather Horse Armor.pngCyan Leather Horse Armor.pngGreen Leather Horse Armor.pngGray Leather Horse Armor.pngLime Leather Horse Armor.pngMagenta Leather Horse Armor.pngOrange Leather Horse Armor.pngPink Leather Horse Armor.pngPurple Leather Horse Armor.pngRed Leather Horse Armor.pngLight Gray Leather Horse Armor.pngWhite Leather Horse Armor.pngYellow Leather Horse Armor.png
Rarity color

Common

Renewable

Leather: Yes
All others: No

Stackable

No

Horse armor[note 1] is a special type of armor that can be given to a horse to wear. Only normal horses can wear armor; donkey, mule and undead variants such as skeleton horses and zombie horses cannot be equipped with armor. Horse armor decreases damage done to horses when hit by melee attack or a ranged attack from the player or another mob. Horse armor does not decrease the fall damage of a horse or its speed when worn.

Obtaining[]

Natural generation[]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Iron Horse Armor Dungeon Chest 1 21.8%
Desert temple Chest 1 18%
End city Chest 1 4.6%
Jungle temple Chest 1 4.5%
Nether fortress Chest 1 19%
Stronghold Altar chest 1 2.5%
Village Weaponsmith's chest 1 5.7%
Bedrock Edition
Iron Horse Armor Dungeon Chest 1 21.8%
Desert temple Chest 1 18%
End city Chest 1 4.6%
Jungle temple Chest 1 4.4%
Nether fortress Chest 1 19%
Stronghold Altar chest 1 2.4%
Village Weaponsmith's chest 1 5.7%
Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Golden Horse Armor Dungeon Chest 1 14.9%
Desert temple Chest 1 12.3%
End city Chest 1 4.6%
Jungle temple Chest 1 4.5%
Nether fortress Chest 1 29.1%
Ruined portal Chest 1 7.3%
Stronghold Altar chest 1 2.5%
Village Weaponsmith's chest 1 5.7%
Bedrock Edition
Golden Horse Armor Dungeon Chest 1 14.9%
Desert temple Chest 1 12.3%
End city Chest 1 4.6%
Jungle temple Chest 1 4.4%
Nether fortress Chest 1 29.1%
Ruined portal Chest 1 7.3%
Stronghold Altar chest 1 2.4%
Village Weaponsmith's chest 1 5.7%
Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Diamond Horse Armor Dungeon Chest 1 7.7%
Desert temple Chest 1 6.3%
End city Chest 1 4.6%
Jungle temple Chest 1 4.5%
Nether fortress Chest 1 11.8%
Stronghold Altar chest 1 2.5%
Village Weaponsmith's chest 1 5.7%
Bedrock Edition
Diamond Horse Armor Dungeon Chest 1 7.7%
Desert temple Chest 1 6.3%
End city Chest 1 4.6%
Jungle temple Chest 1 4.4%
Nether fortress Chest 1 11.8%
Stronghold Altar chest 1 2.4%
Village Weaponsmith's chest 1 5.7%

Crafting[]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Leather

Only leather horse armor can be crafted, other horse armor can be obtained only from chest loot from some generated structures.

Trading[]

Expert-level leatherworker villagers sell leather horse armor for 6 emeralds as part of their trade.

Usage[]

Types[]

There are leather, iron, gold, and diamond horse armor. There are no netherite horse armor or chainmail horse armor in Minecraft.

Armor Stands[]

Horse armor cannot be placed or displayed on armor stands.

Protection[]

Horse armor can be equipped to horses either by manually placing it in its respective slot by pressing E while riding the horse (), or by right-clicking the horse with it.

There is a gradual increase in the defense given from a horse wearing the different types of armor. Note that golden horse armor provides more protection than iron horse armor, whereas the opposite is true for player armor.

Material Armor
Leather 3 (🛡🛡)
Iron 5 (🛡🛡🛡)
Gold 7 (🛡🛡🛡🛡)
Diamond 11 (🛡 × 5.5)

When a horse dies while equipped with any horse armor, it drops its normal loot, saddle (if it had one), and the horse armor.

Durability[]

Unlike player armor, horse armor does not have durability. This means a single horse armor can be used infinitely unless destroyed.

Enchanting[]

Unlike player armor, horse armor cannot be enchanted in survival mode. However, in Java Edition Creative mode, horse armor can be used with an anvil to enchant with Depth Strider, Thorns, Respiration, Feather Falling, and Curse of vanishing. Other enchantments can be applied, but they have no effect.

Dyeing[]

Leather horse armor can be dyed 12,326,391 different colors (using lone dyes or dye combinations) and put onto a horse to display that color. These changes can be reverted by using a filled cauldron with dyed leather horse armor.

Smelting usage[]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Iron Nugget or
Gold Nugget
Iron Horse Armor or
Golden Horse Armor +
Any fuel


0.1

Piglins[]

Piglins are attracted to golden horse armor and run toward any golden horse armor on the ground, inspecting it for 6 to 8 seconds before putting it in their inventory.

Sounds[]

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Horse armor equipped?Play when equipped on a horseentity.item.equipssubtitles.entity.item.equips??16

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
Leather Horse Armorleather_horse_armorItemitem.minecraft.leather_horse_armor
Iron Horse Armoriron_horse_armorItemitem.minecraft.iron_horse_armor
Diamond Horse Armordiamond_horse_armorItemitem.minecraft.diamond_horse_armor
Golden Horse Armorgolden_horse_armorItemitem.minecraft.golden_horse_armor

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Leather Horse Armorleather_horse_armor416Itemitem.horsearmorleather.name
Iron Horse Armoriron_horse_armor417Itemitem.horsearmoriron.name
Diamond Horse Armordiamond_horse_armor419Itemitem.horsearmordiamond.name
Golden Horse Armorgolden_horse_armor418Itemitem.horsearmorgold.name

Item data[]

When leather horse armor is dyed, it has the following NBT:

  •  tag: Parent tag.
    •  display: Display properties.
      •  color: The color of the leather armor. The tooltip displays "Dyed" if advanced tooltips are disabled, otherwise it displays the hexadecimal color value. Color codes are calculated from the Red, Green and Blue components using this formula:
        Red<<16 + Green<<8 + Blue[1]

History[]

Java Edition
1.6.113w16aIron Horse Armor JE1 BE1.png Golden Horse Armor JE1 BE1.png Diamond Horse Armor JE1 BE1.png
Iron Horse Armor (item) JE1 BE1.png Golden Horse Armor (item) JE1 BE1.png Diamond Horse Armor (item) JE1 BE1.png Added horse armor.
Horse armor can be crafted using the following recipe.
13w18aThe crafting recipe for horse armor has been removed.
Horse armor can now be found in chests in jungle & desert temples, dungeons, nether fortresses, stronghold altar rooms and village blacksmith buildings.
Iron horse armor can now additionally be found in mineshaft chests.
13w21aHorse armor is no longer stackable, to be consistent with other types of armor.
1.915w31aHorse armor has been added to end city chests.
15w43aThe average yield of horse armor in nether fortress chests has slightly decreased.
15w44aThe average yield of horse armor in desert temple chests has increased.
The average yield of iron horse armor from dungeon chests has slightly decreased.
Iron horse armor has been removed from mineshaft chests.
1.11.116w50aGolden and iron horse armor can now be smelted down into one of their respective nuggets.
1.1317w45aIron Horse Armor JE2.png Golden Horse Armor JE2.png Diamond Horse Armor JE2.png The textures of horse armor have been changed, as the model of horses has changed.
17w46aIron Horse Armor 17w46a.png Golden Horse Armor 17w46a.png Diamond Horse Armor 17w46a.png The model of horse armor has been changed, but the textures of horse armor have remained unaltered.
17w47aPrior to The Flattening, these items' numeral IDs were 417, 418 and 419.
18w03aIron Horse Armor JE3.png Golden Horse Armor JE3 BE2.png Diamond Horse Armor JE3 BE2.png The textures of horse armor have been changed, as the model of horses has changed.
18w22aIron Horse Armor JE4 BE2.png The texture of iron horse armor when equipped has been changed.[2]
pre2A bug with the horse skin and horse armor textures not applying correctly has been fixed.[3]
1.1418w50aIron Horse Armor (item) JE2 BE2.png Golden Horse Armor (item) JE2 BE2.png Diamond Horse Armor (item) JE2 BE2.png The textures of horse armor items have been changed.
February 20, 2019Leather horse armor announced for Java Edition.
19w08aIron Horse Armor JE5 BE3.png Golden Horse Armor JE4 BE3.png Diamond Horse Armor JE4 BE3.png
Iron Horse Armor (item) JE3.png Golden Horse Armor (item) JE3 BE3.png Diamond Horse Armor (item) JE3 BE3.png The textures of iron, gold and diamond horse armor have been changed.
Leather Horse Armor JE1 BE3.png Leather Horse Armor (item) JE1.png Added leather horse armor, which can be dyed 12,326,391 different colors, similar to leather armor.
19w11aLeatherworker villagers now sell leather horse armor.
1.14.1Pre-Release 1Leather Horse Armor (item) JE2.png The texture of leather horse armor item has been changed to be more consistent with the other types of horse armor.
Iron Horse Armor (item) JE4 BE3.png The texture of iron horse armor item has been changed.
1.1620w15aHorse armor placed in a dispenser can now be put on tamed horses.
20w16aGolden horse armor now generates in ruined portal chests.
1.1721w13aLeather Horse Armor now protects horses from freezing.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.15.0build 1Leather Horse Armor BE1.png Iron Horse Armor JE1 BE1.png Golden Horse Armor JE1 BE1.png Diamond Horse Armor JE1 BE1.png
Leather Horse Armor (item) BE1.png Iron Horse Armor (item) JE1 BE1.png Golden Horse Armor (item) JE1 BE1.png Diamond Horse Armor (item) JE1 BE1.png Added horse armor and dyeable leather horse armor as a version exclusive.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1Horse armor can now be found inside end city chests.
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0Iron and golden horse armor are now smeltable.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.6beta 1.2.6.2Leather Horse Armor BE2.png Iron Horse Armor JE4 BE2.png Golden Horse Armor JE3 BE2.png Diamond Horse Armor JE3 BE2.png The textures of horse armor have been changed, as the model of horses has been changed.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Horse armor can now be found in plains village weaponsmith chests.
Leather Horse Armor JE1 BE3.png Iron Horse Armor JE5 BE3.png Golden Horse Armor JE4 BE3.png Diamond Horse Armor JE4 BE3.png
Leather Horse Armor (item) BE2.png Iron Horse Armor (item) JE2 BE2.png Golden Horse Armor (item) JE2 BE2.png Diamond Horse Armor (item) JE2 BE2.png The textures of all horse armor have been changed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Horse armor can now be found in savanna, desert, taiga, snowy taiga and snowy tundra village weaponsmith chests.
beta 1.11.0.4Leather horse armor can now be bought from leatherworker villagers.
beta 1.11.0.5Leather Horse Armor (item) BE3.png Iron Horse Armor (item) JE4 BE3.png Golden Horse Armor (item) JE3 BE3.png Diamond Horse Armor (item) JE3 BE3.png The textures of all horse armor items have been changed.
1.17.0beta 1.16.230.54Leather Horse Armor now protects horses from freezing.
Legacy Console Edition
TU19CU7 1.12 Patch 11.0.1Iron Horse Armor JE1 BE1.png Golden Horse Armor JE1 BE1.png Diamond Horse Armor JE1 BE1.png
Iron Horse Armor (item) JE1 BE1.png Golden Horse Armor (item) JE1 BE1.png Diamond Horse Armor (item) JE1 BE1.png Added horse armor.
TU53CU43 1.49 Patch 231.0.3Iron and golden horse armor are now smeltable.
TU60CU51 1.64 Patch 301.0.11Leather Horse Armor BE1.png
Leather Horse Armor (item) BE1.png Added leather horse armor.
1.90 Leather Horse Armor JE1 BE3.png Iron Horse Armor JE5 BE3.png Golden Horse Armor JE4 BE3.png Diamond Horse Armor JE4 BE3.png
Leather Horse Armor (item) BE3.png Iron Horse Armor (item) JE3.png Golden Horse Armor (item) JE3 BE3.png Diamond Horse Armor (item) JE3 BE3.png The textures of leather, iron, gold and diamond horse armor have been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Iron Horse Armor JE1 BE1.png Golden Horse Armor JE1 BE1.png Diamond Horse Armor JE1 BE1.png
Iron Horse Armor (item) JE1 BE1.png Golden Horse Armor (item) JE1 BE1.png Diamond Horse Armor (item) JE1 BE1.png Added horse armor.

Issues[]

Issues relating to "Horse Armor" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Gallery[]

Notes[]

  1. Known as Armour in British, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand English variants.

References[]

  1. For positive values larger than 0x00FFFFFF, the top byte is ignored. All negative values produce white.
  2. MC-124357
  3. MC-124364