What does it do?

Stables is a plugin that assists with Horse ownership, protection, and other horse related things. Vanilla has no ownership or tracking of horses, only if it has been broken or not. Stables changes this behavior.


  • To use COST based virtual stables, Vault is required. Free storage does not require any additional plugins.

Current Features

  • Protect Horses from configurable outside damages, including PVP, Enviromental (falling/lava) and Monsters
  • Adds recipes for Horse Armor (Barding), Name Tags and Saddles
    • Now has customizable recipes for these items!
  • Adds 'ownership' to horses so others cannot steal them - Use a name tag on a horse to claim it!
  • Store horses in virtual stables, and recover them!
  • Abilities for Admin/Staff to Remove Ownership
  • Sets a max amount of horses one player can own
  • Anyone with the stables.admin permission can use horses without permission
  • Allow a friend to ride a claimed horse
  • Lure a horse from the wild using an item (defaults Golden Carrot - Other suggestions would be Emeralds, Golden Apples)
  • Horse Spawning, including ZOMBIE and SKELETON horses!
  • Teleport, Summon and Locate your claimed Horses!
  • Allows staff to rename horses without changing ownership
  • UUID storage for databases -
    • Uses connections to '' and '' if UUID cannot be resolved on the server.

What's in store for new releases?

  • Horse Trading
  • (NPC) Races
  • Horse respawning No longer needed
  • Horse purchasing (from NPC)

Permissions & Commands

Please see our new Permissions & Config Page here.

How does it work?

Name a horse to claim it as your own. Hit it (as the owner) with a new Name Tag (un-renamed) to free it!

  • Apparently naming a horse is confusing to some people. To name a horse, you have to get a NAME TAG. Use the NAME TAG in an ANVIL and change it's name to what you want the horse to be called. Then USE (Right Click) The Horse with the NAMED NAME TAG to name it. This is a VANILLA MINECRAFT feature - it is not included with Stables. This action, however, is what will claim a horse with the Stables plugin.
  • You can also set the config to 'AutoOwn = true' - This will automatically claim a horse as soon as it is tamed!

Stables also prevents horses from being killed by players, mobs, environmental, or any combination of these. All options are 100% toggle-able through the config.

Virtual Stables

This feature can be disabled by the admins by setting the 'allowCommand' config option to false, and then just not creating any stable signs.

To create a stable, simply place a sign with [stables] as the first line. Stables will take over from there. If 'allowCommand' is disabled, you can ONLY use the Virtual Stables feature with a sign. Punch the sign, or type /stables store to store a horse. Please note: Storage does *NOT* save chests right now, nor will it save saddles. This is a known bug.

  • Please note: The stables does *NOT* save Horse Speed. This is a Minecraft/Bukkit shortfall, and will be addressed as soon as there is a way to do so.

The Config

Please see our new Permissions & Config Page here.


Stables makes several items craftable - specifically Saddles, Barding (Horse Armor) and Name Tags.

Diamond Horse Armor Gold Horse Armor Iron Horse Armor

Saddle Name Tag

Setting the config option for hard mode recipes will change all ingots/bars to blocks instead.


Upon the first run, a file called 'language.yml' will be generated. This will have all the phrases, in English. You may change the phrases to whatever you'd like, or any language you'd like.

Please note Version 1.8.9 will change the localization file, and some variables will be added to substitute things like numbers or names, as some languages may require different formats that don't have the name at the front, or back, or wherever it's placed in English.

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  • Avatar of raum raum Mar 27, 2015 at 01:15 UTC - 0 likes

    @legoset0: Go

    "Write DB Error" means that, as suggested, a database error occurred while writing something. If you turn on Debugging, it will give you the exact query that caused the problem. Without any additional details, that's about all the help that can be provided.

    Open a ticket with all the reqeusted info after you've checked the debug message for what query is causing hte problem and we'll be able to help further.


  • Avatar of legoset0 legoset0 Mar 26, 2015 at 11:27 UTC - 0 likes

    @raum: Go

    Ok, I will have to try and fix the error I am getting which is "Write DB Error". Is there a way to fix this.

  • Avatar of raum raum Mar 26, 2015 at 00:10 UTC - 0 likes

    @legoset0: Go

    There is no more flat file support. Only SQLite or MySQL is supported.

  • Avatar of legoset0 legoset0 Mar 25, 2015 at 07:52 UTC - 0 likes

    Is there a way to transfer an sqlite database to the local horses file?

  • Avatar of raum raum Feb 20, 2015 at 01:53 UTC - 1 like

    @harl: Go

    Yes - This has been the intention for a while, but was not in the works when I started the plugin - It's on the todo list, but because of how I did things early on, it will require a large rewrite of many of the systems. It WILL occur ... I'm just not certain exactly when.

  • Avatar of harl harl Feb 19, 2015 at 14:15 UTC - 0 likes
    Theoretically, could Stables be adapted to support wolves/dogs and ocelots/cats as well ?
    Maybe just any non-hostile animal life too, including those that don't have an owner tag ?
    Of course, anything with an owner tag would still be protected against theft - but if we were able to "store" cattle, sheep and fowl, that would surely make herding a lot easier.

    For that, it would probably be convenient to have a wand of some kind, as to just "hit" any either owned or breedable animal with the wand, instead of having to use a command first.
  • Avatar of raum raum Feb 16, 2015 at 00:08 UTC - 0 likes

    @aguane27: Go

    Check is an alias of the "stables info" command - "" is the perm needed. I'll add the alias to the command page.

  • Avatar of aguane27 aguane27 Feb 15, 2015 at 04:39 UTC - 0 likes

    I looked on the permissions page and couldn't find the permission for the /stables check command. I'd like to just give this one command to a certain staff rank but I can't seem to figure out what the permission node is. Help?

  • Avatar of raum raum Jan 27, 2015 at 00:23 UTC - 0 likes

    @ptiber: Go

    I'll check into the syntax issue - it should display, obviously. ;)

    Re: Chests - It's on my ToDo list, but I haven't begun any sort of work towards it.

  • Avatar of ptiber ptiber Jan 26, 2015 at 05:19 UTC - 0 likes

    Hey :) Nice plugin, our players like it a lot. However, I have two remarks : - When a command is used with a wrong syntax, the response is only "Syntax is:" and nothing more... missing something maybe...? :) - And I have a question about storing chest data for donkeys and mules. Is it planned ? Thanks, and good work again :)


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