How to ride a horse in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

How to ride a horse in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
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Harry Boulton


18th May 2023 15:11


Horses in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will significantly speed up your journeys across Hyrule, but many players might be wondering how to get one. Traversal in Zelda is the name of the game, so ensuring that you get to your destination as quickly as possible is very important.

You might see wild horses on your travels - or fond memories of Epona in past Zelda games - and wonder how to have one of your own. Thankfully you can obtain a whole stable of horses in the game, so make sure to read the rest of this guide below to learn how to get and store Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

How to get a horse in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

In order to get a horse in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom you must find a wild horse and then tame it. Wild horses can be found in fields scattered across Hyrule, but getting your hands on one can be quite tricky if you don't know what to do.

We've detailed the steps you'll need to take below, so follow them to ensure success:

  • You will need to be very quiet when approaching a wild horse, as they are easily startled and will run away if you make too much noise. Make sure you're crouched and slow walking, and you could even take an elixir or eat some food that boosts your stealth.

Screenshot of the mount prompt for a horse in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
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  • Once you get close enough to a wild horse, a prompt should appear. Press the A button to initiate the taming process, and then you will have to repeatedly press the left bumper to soothe the animal as it tried to shake you off.
  • This will deplete your stamina, and if you're not strong enough the horse will eventually throw you off. However, if you do succeed you will be able to start riding.

There's no point in going through all that work to not have a horse of your own though, so you will want to store them at a stable in order to ensure that you always have a horse at bay.

Where can you find horses in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom?

Screenshot of the horses map location in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
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The best place to head if you're wondering where to find a horse at the start of the game is the fields just to the south of Lookout Landing. There are usually at least three wild horses roaming this area in a pack, which provides ample opportunity for you to claim one for your own.

If you're not finding any luck in the Central Hyrule fields, however, then heading to the fields outside any of the stables in the game is your second-best bet. Not only does this give you plenty of spots to claim a horse - especially one that you like the look of the most - but it also lets you quickly and easily store it in the stable nearby, which you can find out more about below.

Are there special horses in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom?

Screenshot of a skeleton horse in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
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Yes, there are a few breeds of special horses in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom that can be found in very particular locations under certain circumstances. These horses are typically quite hard to catch, but once you manage to tame one you will be the envy of all of your friends.

Here is a full list of every special horse type in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom:

The horses listed above all have relatively low spawn rates compared to your standard wild horse, and they will require a lot of stamina if you're wanting to tame them before they knock you off. It might be worth heading to the Horned Statue to respec your Stamina so you've got the maximum possible before attempting this task.

How to store horses in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Screenshot of a stable in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
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In order to store a horse in TOTK, you must take it to a Stable and pay the registration fee. This can be done by speaking to the person sitting behind the desk at the front of any of the stables, and this allows you to name the horse and call upon it from any of the Stables in Hyrule.

You will have to pay a small registration fee of 20 Rupees (although the first registration is free), and you can only keep three at any one point in time. This is in theory more than enough though, and you will find it incredibly useful to always have a horse on call.

Failing to register a horse at a Stable will mean that you will be unable to call on it again, and it has a tendency to wander off if you leave it for a short period of time. You can of course pick up a wild horse if you're not near a Stable, but it'll always work better if you're using one that you're familiar with.

So, that should give you all of the information you need if you were wondering where Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom horse map locations are, in addition to some tips you'll need if you're wanting to get and store a horse of your own.

If you're loving Zelda at the moment and want more content, then make sure to check out our game page for all of the latest news and guides in the game.

Harry Boulton
About the author
Harry Boulton
Harry is a Guides Writer at GGRecon, having completed a Masters of Research degree in Film Studies. Previously a freelance writer for PCGamesN, The Loadout, and Red Bull Gaming, he loves playing a wide variety of games from the Souls series to JRPGs, Counter-Strike, and EA FC. When not playing or writing about games and hardware, you're likely to find him watching football or listening to Madonna and Kate Bush.
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