After accidentally killing 2 of my 3 horses from drowning I began to brighten up. Why are they drowning? Usually mobs will jump up in the water and that helps protect them. Do horses drown because they are weighed down by the saddle?

  • I've seen evidence that it might be due to falling water blocks, but can't verify this myself.
    – MBraedley
    Jul 25, 2013 at 13:02
  • Because they can't breathe water. BOOM, 15 rep please.
    – Alex
    Jul 25, 2013 at 14:11

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They are weighted by the rider. It's hard to say why they don't always swim up - they just don't, probably a bug, but maybe it was just written that way - who knows?

Anyway, don't go swimming on the horseback. Have a lead with you, and as you approach a body of water, dismount, leash your horse and swim across pulling it after you.

Edit: It's a bug.

  • You automatically get off the horse in 3 deep water though...
    – MBraedley
    Jul 25, 2013 at 13:03
  • Problem i was leading one of the horses that died and he still wouldn't swim Jul 25, 2013 at 13:06
  • @MBraedley: Yes, but by then the horse is usually three blocks deep under water and drowning, and leashing it poses a certain challenge. Doing that on the shore is far safer.
    – SF.
    Jul 25, 2013 at 13:11
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    @SF. ...but only if the water is flowing. Horses will swim up source blocks, but they get pulled under by falling water.
    – MBraedley
    Jul 25, 2013 at 13:15
  • Also, that bug you linked to was fixed a while ago.
    – MBraedley
    Jul 25, 2013 at 13:17

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