Minecraft: Here’s How To Summon a Horse

How to Summon a Horse in Minecraft

We’ve covered horses extensively in our guides in the past. From our lists of fastest horses to teleporting horses with commands there is a lot of information about them and it’s no wonder since they are among the most important means of transportation in Minecraft. Minecraft, however, seemingly lacks one feature that many other games have implemented, the ability to summon your horse when you need it, where you need it. Due to that, many players have been wondering, can you summon a horse in Minecraft, and if you can, how?

  • Article Breakdown:
  • You can summon a horse in Minecraft by using the /summon command. The default /summon horse command will summon one default wild horse to your location.
  • You can use various modifiers with /summon commands to summon a specific type of tamed and saddled horse to your or any other location. 

Summoning horses with /summon command 

Minecraft commands allow you to do almost anything in the game. However, the first prerequisite to doing that is to enable cheats in your world. So yes, summoning horses by using commands is considered cheating no matter what your outlook on the matter is. 

Sometimes we can find ourselves in sticky situations and to prevent losing progress and items, we need to think outside of the box or resort to using cheats. Summoning horses is no different in this view, especially when we need a ride quickly. 

To summon a horse in Minecraft simply type /summon horse in the console and one default horse will appear in front of you. The summoned horse will be untamed and unsaddled, and depending on your circumstances this is not much help at all. This is why you can modify the original command to add any type of attribute to the horse you want. You can summon a horse of a specific variant, tamed horse, saddled horse, armored horse, etc. In the rest of this post, we’re going to explain how. 

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Untamed, unsaddled summoned horse


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How to summon a tamed horse?

Summoning a tamed horse in Minecraft means that we need to add a specific data tag to the original command. To summon a tamed horse simply type /summon horse ~ ~ ~ {Tame:1}.  Placing 1 in front of the tag “Tame” means that the horse will be tamed, placing 0 means the horse will be wild. When you use the command /summon horse the default invisible value is 0. 

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Riding a tamed summoned horse

How to summon a saddled horse?

If you want to summon a tamed saddled horse, this also means you will need to use the additional tag. The tag in question is {SaddleItem:{id:saddle, Count:1}}, just like with the tamed tag, saddle,Count:0 means that horse will be unsaddled and this is the default value. 

To summon a tamed saddled horse type /summon horse ~ ~ ~ {Tame:1, SaddleItem:{id:saddle,Count:1}}.

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Saddled and tamed summoned horse

How to summon an armored horse?

The last thing we would like to add to our horse is horse armor. To do that we will have to make use of {ArmorItem:{id:diamond_horse_armor, Count:1}} tag. It works just like the other tags we’ve mentioned. 

To summon a tamed saddled horse that wears armor simply use the following command: /summon horse ~ ~ ~ {Tame:1, SaddleItem:{id:saddle,Count:1}, ArmorItem:{id:diamond_horse_armor, Count:1}}.

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Horse armor can be added only to default horses

There are plenty of other tags that you can do to further customize your horse. For example, you can use {Variant:XXX} tag to summon a desired variant of the horse, this refers to colors and markings. 

When you use {Temper:XXX} tag this means that you can modify your horses’ temper. By making the temper higher you will be able to tame the horse easier. For example, setting the temper at 1 will make it hard for you to tame a horse, and setting it at 100 will make it easier. 


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Can you summon a skeleton horse in Minecraft? 

Summoning skeleton horses in Minecraft is as easy as spawning regular horses and it is done via /summon skeleton_horse. This summoned skeleton horse will however be untamed, unsaddled, and unarmored. We can rectify that by using the following command  /summon skeleton_horse ~ ~ ~ {Tame:1, SaddleItem:{id:saddle,Count:1}}. Keep in mind that skeleton horses cannot have armor. They don’t have any available inventory and hence don’t have the storage to keep equipped armor in. 

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Saddled tamed skeleton horse

Can you summon a zombie horse in Minecraft? 

Just like with our previous variants, zombie horses are summoned by using /summon zombie_horse command. Those horses come untamed and unsaddled as well. Just like with our previous cases, you can modify your desired zombie horse to wear a saddle and be tamed by using the following command: /summon zombie_horse ~ ~ ~ {Tame:1, SaddleItem:{id:saddle,Count:1}}. The armor item tag would be useless here as well since zombie horses cannot be equipped with armor. 

saddled zombie horse

The summon command is also the only way to get a zombie horse in the game since they are not yet available through normal means like regular horses and skeleton horses. 

Speaking of armor limitation, donkeys, mules, and foals cannot be equipped with armor as well. This means that the armor item tag is used only on regular horses so keep this in mind, you can try to implement the tag in your command but nothing will happen in the sense that your horse will still remain unarmored. 


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As you can see summoning horses in Minecraft via command is an extremely efficient and fast way to acquire a new mount. Especially if you consider the fact that you can summon a tamed, saddled, and armored horse right away. You can also summon other types of horses such as zombie horses and skeleton horses, however, those cannot be equipped with armor. 

The command works for donkeys, foals, and mules as well, except for the armor item tag. Have something to add? Let us know in the comments below!

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