Recently I was watching a Minecraft stream and it looked like horses with armor where slower than the ones without armor. Is this a game mechanic or are some horses just faster than the others?

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    Some horses are faster than others, but I'm not sure if armour has any effect on speed.
    – Sconibulus
    May 26, 2015 at 14:25
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    Fantastic feature idea.
    – Mutantoe
    May 26, 2015 at 21:13
  • @Mutantoe It would definitely make sense :) May 27, 2015 at 15:56

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In minecraft armour does not affect the player or a mob's speed, the diffrence in speed is because of the random NBT tag the horse has for the speed.

Compared to the player's walking speed, the maximum speed ranges from merely 25% faster to 337.5% times faster.

All nbt values can be found here (gamepedia)


I have played many hours of Minecraft and I have never noticed my horse go slower. So if it does, it is so minuscule that the armor would be worth it.

Also Google your question; there are several videos testing this, including a Mythbusting episode by Xisumavoid:

The armor test starts at 1:20.

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