Catching horses can be a lot of fun but at the beginning of the game, it can be frustrating too. There are two ways to do it. You can use a lasso, obtainable for the low, low cost of 10 Essence, or you can craft Treats and catch them that way.
You’ve seen a wild horse! It’s beautiful, and you’d love to own it. What do you do next?
Using a Lasso:
If you are using a Lasso, it helps to start while you are about as close to the wild horse as you can get before it starts running away. When you are just beginning, it’s often best to try positioning yourself so that the horse’s head is pointed to the left and you are square with it, like this:
Then, zoom out with your scroll wheel so that you can see what the lasso is doing. At this distance you should only need two to three swings. Aim for the head, and release the lasso just before it’s on the mark. This will get easier and easier with practice.
If you’re thoroughly frustrated with the lasso, or just want another way to catch wild horses, it’s time to craft Treats. Most of the gatherables in Horse Isle have different flavor categories. You can start by picking a bunch of berries, fruit, grasses, grains, etcetera. Then head to a club house (the tall, round building in every club town) or to your own house if you have one. Click on the building and “craft treats” comes up as an option.
To craft a treat, you need at least three different flavors. For instance, if you had lemons, rice grains, and apples, that would be a Sour, Grainy, Fruity treat. You can have up to five flavors in a treat. For catching wild horses, it doesn’t matter what the flavor is so just make a bunch of treats with the most readily available ingredients.
Once you have made some treats, go find yourself a wild horse. Dismount (if you already have a horse) and walk a little bit away so your own pony doesn’t eat the treat.
Go to your inventory and pick a treat. Hold down the left mouse button to hold it out, and slowly walk toward the wild horse’s head. In order to walk slowly, hold down the shift key. If that doesn’t work, then you may need to map that key at the game start screen – ask in Help if you aren’t sure how.
Here are the steps again:
Get near the wild horse and away from any tame ones.
Hold left mouse button, while also holding down shift while walking.
Left shift button and arrow keys work well here.
Walk toward the head of the horse. The horse will take the treat, or not, and you might catch it. Sometimes it takes two or three tries to catch a wild, so it’s a good thing treats are cheap!
Other ways of getting horses:
Auction houses are in many clubs, and you can go to Ads chat to see what’s being sold.
Clubs also have player owned stores, and many of them have horses.
You can also breed them – using other people’s breeding bars, or store studding, if need be – but that’s a whole ‘nother article.