Horses have always been a part of the Zelda franchise and although everyone's beloved Epona is gone in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the ability to catch and tame their own horse is more than enough compensation for the lost. Still, Epona can exist in the game by getting a Smash Link Amiibo and scanning it to the game. A horse with maximum stats will appear and anyone can name her Epona but for those who have no plan in getting a Smash Link Amiibo, here's a guide on taming and caring for horses in Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Catching And Taming Horses In Breath Of The Wild
Wild horses can be seen everywhere in the open Hyrule fields and to ride one, Link needs to catch one. Crouch low to be stealthy as Link gets near to a horse then proceed to jump on its back to attempt taming it. Press L or Soothe repeatedly as fast as possible since the horse will be fighting by bucking under Link.
Generally, darker horses tend to be harder to tame due to them having a higher temperament and they might knock Link off when he runs out of stamina while on the horse. If Link manages to soothe the horse, the player needs to ride it to the nearest stable. The horse needs to be registered first to name it, check the stats, get a saddle then gain the ability to reclaim it from any stable in Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Taking Care Of Horses In Breath Of The Wild
Maxing out bonding between Link and his horse is priority number one when taking care of horses in Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The stronger bond Link has with his horse, the more the beast trusts him and the less started it'll be during combat. Make use of the L or soothe button every time the horse shakes its head, neighs and when the player pulls on the reigns. Show affection by soothing or giving it apples and the bond will get stronger. Use a fast horse when traveling and a strong horse for combat in Zelda: Breath of the Wild.