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Naturally spawning horses - The way you want it!

With the introduction of horses in Minecraft 1.6, horses may now spawn naturally in plains biomes. Although for most people, it is often extremely rare (at least in old chunks). This plugin tries to emulate the natural spawning of horses and allows you to configure when and how it happens.

How does it work?

When the server loads a chunk into memory, the plugin performs various checks to determine if horses should be spawned (simulating a natural spawn). You are able to choose where they spawn, how often and how many in each group/herd.


  • Ignores ALL newly generated chunks (assumes 1.6 chunk generation will handle it).
  • The whole chunk must be Plains biome (actually only all four corners are checked, for performance).
  • Surrounding chunks must contain no living entities (configurable chunk radius).
  • Horses/donkeys will only spawn on grass blocks
  • Time delay between spawning anything in seconds (configurable)
  • Random chance of spawning anything (configurable)
  • Random chance of spawning donkey instead of horse (configurable)
  • Choose how many horses can spawn per group/herd
  • WorldGuard compatible (does not spawn in regions with "mob-spawning: deny")
  • Lots of debug information! (can be disabled)

How to use it:

  1. Download the NaturalHorses.jar
  2. Put the file in your "plugins" folder on your server.
  3. Restart your server
  4. Make any changes to the "plugin/NaturalHorses/config.yml" config file
  5. Restart your server again
  6. Find horses! :)

Please see the configuration page for more info.

Dev Builds:

Development builds can be acquired at the provided continuous integration server.
These builds have not been approved by the BukkitDev staff. Use them at your own risk.

Source code on GitHub

See this in action?

You can try out this plugin on our family friendly survival server:

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  • Avatar of add5tar add5tar Jul 02, 2014 at 09:28 UTC - 0 likes

    Sorry everyone, sadly I no longer have a use for this on my server so I won't be updating it unless there is a major problem reported. If anyone has a critical issue, please make a ticket and I will try to fix it :)

  • Avatar of pepper82 pepper82 Jun 16, 2014 at 12:20 UTC - 0 likes

    still working??

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  • Avatar of Freakyfox Freakyfox Dec 13, 2013 at 15:00 UTC - 0 likes

    Hello "add5tar"

    I was hoping u would update, the thing about speed, and jump height. :)

    Are u planing to doing so soon??

  • Avatar of add5tar add5tar Dec 07, 2013 at 07:29 UTC - 0 likes

    @xBlueXFoxx: Go

    What do you mean? Is there an error or just doesn't seem to spawn anything? Did you try with debug enabled, and check the spawn locations it shows?

    I'll be doing plenty of 1.7.2 testing in the next few days so I'll find out soon enough. I'll probably release a new update soon with some bug fixes and new features but I've been very busy for a while and haven't had much time.

  • Avatar of xBlueXFoxx xBlueXFoxx Dec 07, 2013 at 07:19 UTC - 0 likes

    Doesn't appear to work with 1.7.2.

  • Avatar of Freakyfox Freakyfox Nov 08, 2013 at 15:15 UTC - 0 likes

    @add5tar: Go

    Well thats okay :P

    If u just fix it at somet point in the near future :)

  • Avatar of add5tar add5tar Nov 07, 2013 at 15:25 UTC - 0 likes

    @Freakyfox: Go

    Thanks, I appreciate the kind words :)

    Yeah sorry, the speed/jump values aren't randomised like the health. I can put that in the next version but I've just been really busy with my own server and having trouble finding the time to do it. I think I'll be waiting for the Bukkit 1.7 release before working on it again.

  • Avatar of Freakyfox Freakyfox Nov 07, 2013 at 15:04 UTC - 0 likes


    I am using this plugin, and it is very nice.

    It's cool that u can edit how often, how many and stuff. :-)

    But i had one problem!! It seems like EVERY horse will spawn with a speed of 6.75 Blocks per sec and 3.57 jump height.. Only health is different :/

  • Avatar of add5tar add5tar Oct 13, 2013 at 08:00 UTC - 0 likes

    @xBlueXFoxx: Go

    No problem :) Hope you like the plugin.

    I know it has been quite a while since an update but I'm hoping to release the new version soon with a fully configurable per-world set up which gives you complete control over what to spawn and when it should spawn.

  • Avatar of xBlueXFoxx xBlueXFoxx Oct 12, 2013 at 22:15 UTC - 0 likes

    My mistake, it appears to be an issue with the plugin "StackableItems" which I was testing along side this plugin.


Date created
Jul 01, 2013
Last update
Jul 18, 2013
Development stage
GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
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