The Sims 4 How to Get a Horse

The Sims 4: How to Get a Horse

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The Sims 4 has tons of different animals you can buy, adopt and even create in the Create-A-Sim (CAS) menu. With the cats and dogs expansion, you’ll unlock both these animals in CAS. Cottage Living also adds animals like cows, chickens, and foxes. This one goes out to all the horse lovers out there as we dive into how to get a horse in The Sims 4.

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How to Get a Horse in The Sims 4 – Horse Ranch Guide

Getting a horse in The Sims 4 requires purchasing and downloading the Horse Ranch expansion pack. Once you buy the pack, you have two options for obtaining horses:

  • Make one in the Create-A-Sim (CAS) menu
  • Purchase or rescue one from Chestnut Ridge’s Equestrian Center
  • Purchase or rescue one from the Ranch Animal Exchange

Making Horses in Create-A-Sim (CAS)

A quick and free way to get a horse after purchasing the Horse Ranch expansion is to head into CAS and make one! To do this, click the Add a Sim button and find Add Horse under the Add Pet category. Once you do this, a random horse will appear, allowing you to customize its appearance, traits, and name.

Buying and Adopting Horses in Chestnut Ridge

Alternatively, you can travel to any lot near Chestnut Ridge’s Equestrian Center and interact with the giant green building to find two options: purchase or rescue a horse. Purchasing a horse is more expensive but guarantees that it’ll have positive traits. Rescue horses, on the other hand, are cheaper but have difficult traits that require extra attention. You’ll also typically find fewer options when rescuing.

Sims 4 Equestrian Center
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Related: How to Age Up Horses in The Sims 4: Horse Ranch

If you don’t want to travel to the Equestrian Center, you can also buy or rescue a horse through the Ranch Animal Exchange on your in-game phone. To do this, click the Home button or the blue house icon and choose “Call Ranch Animal Exchange”. Like the Equestrian Center, you’ll find options to purchase and rescue horses. Afterward, your character will briefly travel off the lot to pick up their new horse before returning.

The Sims 4 is available on PC, Mac, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. To learn more about the game, check out how to age nectar in The Sims 4: Horse Ranch, or click the tag below to access our growing content list.

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Madison Benson
Madison was a staff writer at Prima Games who has played video games for over twenty years and written about them for over two years. Her love for video games started with turn-based strategy games like Heroes of Might and Magic and has since extended to casual farming sims, MMORPGs, and action-adventure RPGs.