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A Sim riding a horse.

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Horses are pets featured in the PC/Mac version of The Sims 3: Pets, The Sims FreePlay and The Sims 4: Horse Ranch. They are not available in the console versions of The Sims 3: Pets.

The Sims 3: Pets[]


A horse in The Sims 3

Horses are controllable like dogs and cats in The Sims 3. They can befriend human Sims, dogs, and cats, and can use all interaction types with them except romantic. Horses can either be wild horses that roam around the world, or tamed horses that are part of the active household. Horses are closely connected to unicorns, and can breed with each other.

Horses and unicorns, both tame and wild, will eat most gardening plants, destroying them. There doesn't seem to be a way to discourage or remove this behavior, so the best way to combat it is to keep plants in a fenced-off area with a single tile gate (which horses are unable to go through).

Horses can WooHoo with each other to breed and produce offspring. Foals are closely attached to their mothers, and both will panic and become unhappy if they are separated.

Sims can ride horses if they have a high enough riding skill, and may do so autonomously if they have a good relationship with the horse.[1]

Horses can be placed in horse box stalls or tied to hitching posts to fulfill many of their motives.

Horses cannot walk up staircases or walk through 1-width gates, but can walk up and down a platform foundation, and may take a taxi boat.[TS3:IP]

Horses can not enter a swimming pool.


Horses have six motives:

There are various breeds of horses available pre-made.[2] Like other Sims, horses have traits that define their personalities.


Horses can learn two skills, Jumping and Racing. Horses can enter into riding competitions. If the horse and the Sim win the competition, they get simoleons and a trophy which can't be sold. A Sim with the Riding skill can use horses as transport, although horses are free to push or kick Sims out of their grip.

Wild horses[]


A few wild horses resting by a brook in Appaloosa Plains.

Wild horses appear in herds in home neighborhoods, but not in exotic destinations such as Champs Les Sims. Each herd consists of about four to five wild horses and gallop around the world. Wild horses can usually be found near fishing spots, perhaps because of the water.

In order to adopt a wild horse, a Sim must have at least 8 points in the horseback riding skill. Wild horses are skittish and will sometimes run away if a Sim comes too close. To gain trust and relationship, Sims need to pet, offer treats, and feed produce to the horse. Having a high wildlife hidden skill helps with this. Once the relationship is high enough, the option to add the horse to the Sim's household should appear. When a wild horse is adopted, it will take up a space in the Sim's family. Wild horses can mate with other horses to produce foals. Sims can also ride wild horses, if they have a very strong relationship with it. It is also possible to obtain a wild horse by using testingcheatsenabled to make the horse selectable.

Pre-made families with horses[]


The Sims FreePlay[]

Horses can be purchased from a horse stable.

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The Sims 4: Horse Ranch[]

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A horse in The Sims 4

Horses are considered a part of the household and have their own set of skills as well as needs similar to cats and dogs, and they also cannot be controlled like Sims. Horses can be naturally found in pre-made households of Chestnut Ridge, but other than that, horses can only be added to the household via the Ranch Animal Exchange or by creating them in Create a Pet. Unicorns can only be made in Create a Pet by adding a horn to horses.

Horses and unicorns can WooHoo with each other to breed and produce offspring. Foals take on striking similarities to one of their parents genetically.

Sims can ride horses at any time but if the horse's temprements skill is too low and doesn't know the Sim well enough, they will buck the Sim off their back damaging them, children can also ride horses. Sims must develop their own horse riding skill to become better at staying on horses as well as developing their bonds with horses. Sims can talk with and interact with their horses while riding them as well, utilizing multi-tasking.

Horses can have troughs for drinking water and eating hay as well as a hay bed, however, horses can and will sleep generally anywhere where there is space either standing up or laying down. If there is prairie grass nearby horses will autonomously eat it.

Horses cannot go up stairs, however, if there is a one step platform row going up, horses can ascend if it's long enough.


Horses have five motives:

  • Hunger - satisfied by eating hay or prarie grass, as well as drinking from water troughs.
  • Energy - satisfied by sleeping wherever they are on the ground or standing up. They sleep better sleeping in hay beds.
  • Fun - satisfied by playing with a horse ball or jumping and barrel activities.
  • Social - satisfied by interacting with Sims or other animals such as fellow horses, mini goats & sheep, etc.
  • Hygiene - satisfied by Sims brushing their coat as well as cleaning their hooves.

All horse motives can be seen by hovering over the horse and seeing under their names, or having a Sim ask the horse "What's wrong?" when it's feeling low on a need.

Horse Traits[]

Horses have their own set of traits, each giving unique behaviours as well as gains and hinderances to their own skills. There are additional breedable traits as well as special traits.


Horses have four skills.

  • Temperament - This skill determines how well horses will interact with humans and other creatures as well as how well they will behave when being mounted by a Sim.
  • Jumping - This skill determines how well they can jump over hurdles and how well they will perform at the equestrian tournaments.
  • Agility - This skill determines how quick the horse can turn around barrels and how well they will perform at the equestrian tournaments.
  • Endurance - This skill detemines how long the horse can participate in activities such as jumping, running, as well as being ridden.

Pre-made families with horses[]


  • The world Chestnut Ridge is named after the reddish-brown horse coat color Chestnut.
  • The neighborhood of New Appaloosa in Chestnut Ridge is a reference to the Appaloosa horse breed, as well as is a reference to Appaloosa Plains, from The Sims 3: Pets.