Riding a horse has been a staple of The Legend of Zelda since Ocarina of Time. In Breath of the Wild you will once again be able to ride a horse around the open landscape, but you can't get one immediately (Don't worry! It doesn't take long). Here, in this Breath of the Wild - How to Tame a Horse guide, we tell you where to find a horse, how to ride one, and how to name it. You know you want a horse so keep on reading to learn how to register a horse to a stable and have a companion you'll love forever (or until you find a better one).
If you've sumbled upon this page and already know everything there is to know about taming horses (well done you!) perhaps you'd prefer a Breath of the Wild Quest Walkthrough and some general tips and tricks. That page is full of amazing and useful advice so head there as soon as you're done with horses.
If you're only interested in finding the horse everyone wants, the lovely Epona from Ocarina of Time, head over to our full guide which explains how to get Epona, as well as Wolf Link and other amiibo extras.
Horses can be found in many places across the world in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but the most obvious place to get your first is at Duelling Peaks Stable, found on the safest path to Kakariko Village. While crouched to avoid making too much noise, approach a horse from behind and then press the A button when close enough to mount. The horse will try to bolt, so pull back on the left stick to take control.
If you find horses that are being ridden by enemies, one hit with an arrow will send the rider falling to the ground and to their doom. Now the horse is free from its rider but it will likely be spooked when approached and run away. Sneak up to it and hit the A button as soon as prompted to mount the horse. Pull back on the left stick to calm the horse and now you're in control.
Depending on where you find a horse you may have to face numerous other enemies. While Link is riding you can take down enemies on horseback by simply hitting them with a single arrow.
Horse Stables and Naming Horses
Horse stables can be found throughout the game world. The first is the Duelling Peaks Stable that you're likely to come across if you take the simple path to Kakariko Village during the Seek Out Impa Quest.
At a stable you can register a horse so it becomes your companion. You can board up to five horses at a time. Registering a horse costs 20 rupees, but also comes with a saddle and bridle. Once registered you can name your horse.
Horse Tips and Tricks - Taming, Training, and Naming
- Horses with spots on them are even-tempered and easy to train. These horses are good for beginners.
- Horses of one single color (such as straight black or white) are more wild and harder to train. The upside is that these horses have more stamina and run faster.
- To train a horse you have to sooth them when they do what you want them to do.
- Board your horses at stables and summon them from any other stable in the game.
- If you become separated from your horse, press the Down Arrow button and Link will whistle. As long as you're not too far from your horse it will come running.
If you're still in the Great Plateau region of Breath of the Wild you won't be able to find or tame a horse. In order to reach a location that includes horses you'll need to complete the four shrine trials: Magnesis Trial in the Oman Au Shrine, the Bomb Trial in the Ja Baij Shrine, the Cryonis Trial in the Keh Namut Shrine, and the Stasis Trial in the Owa Daim Shrine. If you're in the mood for more general tips and advice, we've also got info on how to get rupees quickly and how to kill Guardians.
So that's how to find, tame, and name horses. You're bound to have favourites along the way, probably determined by which you happen to give the best name. If you'd rather develope no personal bond, by all means name them Horse 1, Horse 2, Horse 3... but where's the fun in that? By all means name yours after the USGamer staff if you want. Kat and Mike aren't normal names for horses, but whatever makes you happy.
It's not just horses you can ride in Breath of the Wild. It's possible to ride a deer, a bear, and a lynel. You can also find numerous special horses, including Lord of the Mountain.
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