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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.
  • 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 JE2 BE1.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 Revision 1.png Armor has been retextured.



Name Image Obtaining Tool Required Uses
Hardened Clay Terracotta JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Smelting recipe
Clay (block) +
Any fuel

Stained Clay White Terracotta JE1 BE1.pngOrange Terracotta JE1 BE1.pngMagenta Terracotta JE1 BE1.pngLight Blue Terracotta JE1 BE1.pngYellow Terracotta JE1 BE1.pngLime Terracotta JE1 BE1.pngPink Terracotta JE1 BE1.pngGray Terracotta JE1 BE1.pngLight Gray Terracotta JE1 BE1.pngCyan Terracotta JE1 BE1.pngPurple Terracotta JE1 BE1.pngBlue Terracotta JE1 BE1.pngBrown Terracotta JE1 BE1.pngGreen Terracotta JE1 BE1.pngRed Terracotta JE1 BE1.pngBlack Terracotta JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Terracotta +
Matching Dye
  • Can be used as a decorative block
Carpets White Carpet Revision 1.pngOrange Carpet Revision 1.pngMagenta Carpet Revision 1.pngLight Blue Carpet Revision 1.pngYellow Carpet Revision 1.pngLime Carpet Revision 1.pngPink Carpet Revision 1.pngGray Carpet Revision 1.pngLight Gray Carpet Revision 1.pngCyan Carpet Revision 1.pngPurple Carpet Revision 1.pngBlue Carpet Revision 1.pngBrown Carpet Revision 1.pngGreen Carpet Revision 1.pngRed Carpet Revision 1.pngBlack Carpet Revision 1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Matching Wool
  • Can be used as a decorative block.
Hay Bale Hay Bale (UD) JE1 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe

  • Can be used as a building block.
  • Can be used as compact wheat storage.
  • Can be used to accelerate the growth of horses.
Block of Coal Block of Coal JE2 BE1.png
Ingredients Crafting recipe

  • Crafted only with coal, not charcoal.
  • Can be used as a building block.
  • Can be used as compact coal storage.
  • 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 Block of Lapis Lazuli JE2 BE2.png
  • Retextured subtly, it now has a border around it
Redstone Comparator Redstone Comparator (S) JE2 BE1.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 JE1 BE1.pngGolden Horse Armor JE1 BE1.pngDiamond Horse Armor JE1 BE1.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
Lead Lead JE1 BE1.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 JE1 BE1.png Found in dungeon chests Name it in an anvil, then right click a mob to name it.
Horse Spawn Egg Horse Spawn Egg JE1 BE1.png Can be obtained via Creative inventory.
  • Works like any other spawn egg
  • Sometimes a Donkey will be spawned instead


Name Image Changed
Charcoal Charcoal JE3 BE3.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.



Name Image Causes Description
Absorption Absorption JE1 BE1.png Golden Apples Increases damage absorption.
Health Boost Absorption JE1 BE1.png Golden Apples Increases maximum health.
Saturation Saturation JE1.png Food Decreases hunger loss.