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I like horses a lot. I want to make some stables, so I can keep my horses in there, but how do I keep the horses in a single pen and not wandering around on the lead? What do I need build to keep the horses in place and to stop them from escaping?

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    This tutorial on building a redstone horse-door may be helpful. Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 14:30
  • Otherwise though you're asking primarily for opinions, which is off topic here. Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 14:31
  • @SevenSidedDie Why give an answer and then say, "Oh, By the way it's off-topic". Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 15:01
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    @Young The horse door may or may not help, as it's a matter of opinion/taste/needs. It's not an answer, it's an interesting related thing. Since I was also voting to close, I left a comment explaining why. Commented Aug 18, 2013 at 17:38

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You should build a pen with fences, or make a barn with separate stalls. The exit would be a fence gate and the walls could either be 2 fences high or 3 block high walls. You could then open the fence gate and use a lead to bring them to the desired location and back again (unless you have a saddle, in which case you could obviously ride the horse to and from the desired location).

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  • Do you need 2 fences high? I've kept my horses is one place with one fence, they don't seem to try and jump in 1.7.10, I wonder why my horses never escape.
    – Sadly Not
    Commented Jul 18, 2014 at 17:26
  • @SadlyNot Although they don't attempt to jump, it is very easily done by accident when riding one.
    – Timtech
    Commented Jul 19, 2014 at 11:59
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I found a solution. while testing out Timtech's idea I found that horses could go over a single fence. I doubled that. So with a two fence tall wall surrounding the horse I then added two trapdoors. These could be opened by hand on the horse. When reentering the stall the horse would step on two pressure plates. This closes the gate so I could tie up my horse and he wouldn't escape.

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  • Good idea! I forgot about horse jump distance. Now that I've edited in the correct information, does my question count as correct?
    – Timtech
    Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 17:12
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  • Stalls
  • Pastures
  • Fences
  • Gates
  • Animals despawn if that can't move at least 20 blocks in any direction so make large stalls or stalls leading out to a fenced in pasture!
  • I've never had any problems with horses jumping 1 post tall fences. If I'm riding a horse, I want to be able to jump the fence with it because they don't fit through gates.
  • I recommend at least 1 hay bale per stall (so the horse can heal).
  • It's always fun to have a racetrack or jumping arena.
  • As Sylvia said, it's good to have a tack/feed room with chests of saddles, feed, etc.
  • It's good to have a corral for new horses that don't have stalls yet.
  • Have an anvil and name tags, or just plain signs, to put the names of the horses on.
  • Have leads and fences around to tie horses up so they don't get lost. They aren't like dogs. They don't follow you, saddle or no saddle.
  • If you plan on riding horses into their stalls, make sure the roof is high enough that you don't hit your head.
  • And most of all, make your stable unique!!!!
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  • +1 but I doubt that placed hay bales will affect the horse's health stats...
    – Timtech
    Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 19:13
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In a horse stable u should have the basics (stalls.) u could also add things like hay and water or a pen on the out side of the stall/ a pasture with other horses so they can roam free in that pasture. Also it is a good Idea to have a tack room or a loft to store hay, feed, and saddles. Around my stable I have a couple of post to tie my horse up to. And I also have a couple of pens to put new horses in. Also I have some opsticles for my horse to jump over for fun or just or to test the height the horse can jump. Hope this helped!

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I just built them with fences and gates and I put some hay and water inside each stall. ;-)

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