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How much does it cost to play FFH?
FFH is completely free to play for as long as you would like. However, there are some items and perks on FFH that are only available for purchase with Pro Coins, a currency purchased with USD. Pro Coins and other paid perks are never necessary to play and are only meant to enhance your gameplay - not give unfair advantages.

Pro Coins are very easy to earn for free, so even if you cannot spend real money, a little patience will eventually reward you with most of the perks anyway! Most special items can also be obtained for free if you actively participate in events on the game.
How many accounts can I have?
As outlined in the Terms of Service (ToS), each user is strictly limited to one account. Running multiple accounts is the #1 reason people are banned (usually without warning) from FFH, so it is in your best interest to avoid any suspicion that you are doing so.

If your spouse, sibling, or roommate (or anyone who may be on the same IP address or in the same household) would also like to play FFH, you must obtain permission before or immediately after they register. If you plan to have two (or more) people playing from one IP address, simply send a private message to Issa (#1) from one of the accounts. Be sure to include the ID# for the other person's account as well as a brief explanation of who they are. Ex: "My sister has joined FFH and her account is #111111."

Obtaining permission allows FFH staff to place a special flag on your accounts to note that they may sometimes be playing from the same IP address. This will ensure that you are not automatically banned during periodic IP address checks. However, this does not give you an excuse to break the rules and ToS. If there is evidence that one person is using multiple accounts solely for the benefit of one primary account, even with permission, all accounts involved will be banned. This means you should keep transfers of money, items, and horses to a minimum.
How does time work on FFH?
One year on FFH is approximately 12 weeks in real life. One month in-game is equivalent to 1 week in real-life. The main racing season runs between March and October (in-game months) and has 2 meets per month ('A' meet and 'B' meet). Off season runs between November and February (in-game months). Off season months only have 1 meet, however off season months are still a week long which gives you more time to focus on retirement, breeding, getting 2-year-olds started in training, and other organizational matters within your stable. Some training types also offer additional benefits during off season.
How do I get help with something I don't understand?
Have you checked through the rest of the wiki/handbook, help guides on any relevant pages, and the ToS? If you have exhausted all of these resources and still can't find a clear answer, your next best bet is to go look in the recent news. If that doesn't answer your question, you have a few options. First, you can post on the forum - most likely in the Help section. You can also PM a staff member directly with your question. However, Flying for Home's Discord server is usually the fastest way to get help! Staff and other experienced players are available virtually 24/7 and can provide as much help as you need.
How much time do I need to devote to FFH?
FFH is a game that can ultimately be adapted to your own preferences. You can manage a stable of 5-10 horses in as little as 10-20 minutes a week. If you want to become a mega-stable with 500+ horses, it's going to take quite a bit more time. You can be just as successful with a small barn as with a large one, though many players have found owning approximately 50-100 racers is a 'sweet spot'.

In terms of difficulty, you can opt to try to learn every detail of the game to develop the best strategies for winning races and breeding legends. Or, you can play just for fun and not worry too much about all the finer points of the game. In any case, there is a certain learning curve to the site and people rarely join and instantly become successful. You'll need to take some time to acclimate yourself with the game and learn at least the basic concepts of gameplay.
Horse Care Questions
How often should I feed and train my horses?
You should feed and train all horses every month! Feeding any type of grain (not supplements) will always provide a minor boost to a horse's morale and condition. Horses who are not fed will suffer declines to morale, condition, and energy. Some feeds also provide additional benefits.

Horses also benefit in many ways from training including increased Condition, chances to improve Courage and Consistency, increased Morale, increased Experience (from Buddy Workouts, if done), and other varied benefits unique to some trainings. If you skip training, even if your horse's base stats are maxed, your horse will not perform as well in races, could be more apt to get hurt, and will face penalties like loss of energy, morale, and condition. Missing training on mares in foal will also make them more likely to have high Pregnancy Risk and can contribute to them becoming barren.
Will I lose my horses if I take a break from the game?
In short, no. You will never lose your horses no matter how long you step away from the game. The only exceptions to this rule are leased horses, which will be eligible for their owner to reclaim once you've missed 2 months of feeding/training or 3 months of racing, or if you own a horse bred by someone else and the breeder has purchased a neglect contract on the horse (more information on that can be found on the Level & Skills page.)

Though you will not lose your horses, they will suffer from neglect. Condition, morale, peak, and prime will all decline while you are absent from your account. This can also lead to many of your mares becoming barren. The longer you are gone, the more difficult it will be to get your horses back in racing/breeding shape once you return. If you know you will be gone for an extended period of time you can utilize stable hands. Which you choose will depend on your situation.
Should I geld my colt?
Deciding whether or not to geld a colt is an important decision. There are obvious benefits to keeping a colt intact: you will be able to stand him at stud when he retires, enabling you to breed your own mares to him and also make money from outside breedings. There are also many benefits to gelding as well, including guaranteed boosts to prime, peak, and longevity and possible boosts to potential, maximum courage, and maximum consistency, and athleticism.

When deciding whether or not to geld a colt, you will want to look closely at his pedigree and genetics. Colts with several poor producers in their pedigree are strong candidates for gelding. Also, colts who have several poor/fair genes, are often gelded as well. Colts who are low potential do not necessarily need to be gelded; you will want to look at other factors like genetics and pedigree to help you make that decision. For a more in-depth explanation of reasons to geld, benefits of gelding, and how and when to geld, visit the Gelding page of this Wiki.
Why do my horses keep getting hurt?
The Injuries section details everything that contributes toward injuries. In brief, there are two main reasons a horse may be injured frequently. The first is you are racing the horse with notes, which usually means you are entering with low energy, low condition, on untrained surfaces, at untrained distances, etc. Secondly, the horse has high risk, and is simply prone to injury. Random injuries can always happen, but if your horses are repeatedly facing injuries one of those two reasons is the culprit.
When can I start breeding my horses?
Breeding on FFH is complex and not something you want to rush into. Getting a firm grasp on racing will greatly improve your breeding experience. You can start breeding when you've unlocked Breeding skill 1 (which takes until Level 24 and approximately 1-3 game years depending on how actively you play) and have Breeding Passes which can be earned from entering races and color shows, trading in apples at the Golden Apple Orchard, and entering the daily Breeding Pass Raffle.

If you meet both of these requirements, you'll want to take some time to study up on the Breeding and Genetics sections of the wiki to help match each mare to suitable stallions. Horses can only be bred if they are retired from racing and it is breeding season (February-June). It is not in your best interest to simply breed whatever mare(s) you have to a random stallion as you would likely end up with very disappointing foals.
Why aren’t my horses showing the correct color/markings?
All horses need to have images reloaded at 2 years old to show their adult coat and markings. Greys need to have their images reloaded YEARLY. You can click the Glow Up button at the top of the horse's page to do this (please only press this button on horses you own). If the button does not appear, you can reload the horse's image by clicking on the Image Gallery button on their page.
Racing Questions
How many races can my horse enter?
Technically, there is no limit to the number of races your horse can enter in a meet besides the limit of tracks available (each horse can only enter one race per track). Most horses can safely enter 2 races per meet. However, when a horse races more than once in a meet their Performance Rating (PR) will suffer, so it is advised to only enter horses in one race per meet until you are familiar with how they perform.
Why is my horse unable to enter a race?
Yearlings, retired, and pensioned horses cannot race. In addition, horses who are injured (whether on stall rest or not) cannot race. If none of these are the case, your horse may not have a home track set and/or may not be saddle broke yet. To move a horse to a track, visit their Manage page, find the section on tracks, and assign them a primary track. To tell if your horse is saddle broke or not, simply look at their image. If they are not wearing a saddle, they have not yet completed their basic training. Also, be sure that you have horse race preferences set correctly if none of those work.
When do two year olds start racing?
Two year olds start racing in May. Races start at the minimum race distance for each breed (100 yards for stock, 4 furlongs for TB/GB, and 7 furlongs for Standardbreds) and increase in distance each month.
Can I just enter my horse in any available race?
In short - no! There are many factors that determine what type of race a horse can enter, which are explained in more detail in the Racing section of this wiki. There aren't any strict grade restrictions for horses, but it is still best to find an appropriate grade for your horse (to the best of your ability). The Evaluating Talent page details ways to figure out the appropriate grade to start your horses in. In addition, it is always in your best interest to actually find a race your horse will like, which you can determine by following the steps outlined in the tutorial and this wiki. This includes checking distance and surface (most importantly) as well as track/region and gender restrictions. If you simply pick any available race, not only will your horse likely perform poorly but their chance of injury is much higher.
When do races run and when are entries due?
Races run twice each RL week on Thursdays and Sundays at 1:00am FFH time. If races will be running on alternate days, a warning will be posted in the news and/or in the Making Magic sidebar. Regular races can be entered up until the time rollover begins and races run. Entries for series races, such as Trinities, Gems, Gold Cups, and World Championships are due Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:00pm FFH time. This is so if your horse doesn't get in and is scratched you have time to enter them in another race.
Where can I find out if my horse won their race?
You can see how your horse performed in races from a few different places. First, you can navigate to your Stable and view your Stable Results. This will show you a list of all of your horses that raced in the past meet along with information about how they placed. This is a great place to check for race notes. You can also view a horse's results from the Race History tab of their page. Grade 1 races are also highlighted on the Events page, which is the icon that looks like a calendar on your right sidebar. In addition, you can view results for an entire track by going to Racing and then clicking the Results link.
Help! Why is my horse not winning and/or running poorly?
There is not a simple answer for this - every horse is different, though in many cases poor performance is due to a combination of race notes, low Morale, and/or low Peak. Reading the wiki (especially Racing) can help you better understand the mechanics of the game and help isolate your horse's problem(s). You can use the PR Predictor to help you understand what PR your horse could be expected to run and what factors might have caused it to be less. Finally, you can also join Discord, post on the forums, or contact a staff member privately to ask for advice about a particular horse.



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Issa (#1)
Yesterday at 3:06 pm
Breeding Info pages have received a little TLC. Stallions now show AFP, Grade, and SIP history at the top of the page. All horses show offspring series winners relevant to their breed.
Issa (#1)
08/14/22 10:40 pm
A bug has been corrected in PRs which may cause some horses to run a few points lower in future races. This decline will be most obvious in horses with high stats and style proficiency. Grade suggestions will be updated as needed after this fix settles in.
Issa (#1)
08/14/22 2:06 pm
You can now Hide Mare from a mare's Breeding Info page. This will hide (or unhide) her from your Mare Services page. This is helpful for mares you know you don't want to breed in the current year but also don't want to pasture or pension. Hidden mares will automatically be unhidden at the end of year.
Issa (#1)
08/11/22 2:40 pm
Stallions can now use multiple Victor's Blades so long as they don't exceed the maximum of 30 foal slots.
Issa (#1)
08/09/22 6:45 pm
Condition and Energy now show on the Exercise page of retired horses.
Issa (#1)
08/09/22 3:41 pm
A Quick View page is now available for retired geldings.
Issa (#1)
08/09/22 3:05 pm
You may now rename custom jockeys from the Jockey page.
Issa (#1)
08/09/22 2:19 pm
Hypomate buttons have been added to the 'Mares Due' lists in Mare Services.
Issa (#1)
08/09/22 2:11 pm
A Hypomate button has been added to pedigrees for all horses to quickly reference how their parents matched.
Issa (#1)
08/08/22 5:30 pm
The Breeding Pass Raffle seems to be in a generous mood!
Issa (#1)
08/08/22 2:04 pm
Risk can only contribute to chances for a major injury if it is high enough to trigger a race note. Any level of Risk still contributes to minor injury chances.
Issa (#1)
08/08/22 2:04 pm
Horses can no longer suffer random injuries in races. Injuries only occur when caused by a controllable factor.
Issa (#1)
08/08/22 2:04 pm
Stud Services shows a warning icon when stallions have low Condition.
Issa (#1)
08/05/22 11:50 am
Male Probability and Athleticism have been added to Hypomate.
Issa (#1)
08/02/22 9:50 pm
Seems like a great night to spread a little extra Joy!
Issa (#1)
08/01/22 5:49 pm
The Performance Ratings page of the Handbook is finished! Click here to view.
Issa (#1)
08/01/22 2:26 pm
The bug causing discrepancies between Birth Max and maxed stats has been fixed. If you have horses impacted by this, you will need to train their stats up to their correct max. (6yo+ will auto max from any training.)
Issa (#1)
07/30/22 1:09 pm
Reminder: Registrations for the August Board Game Arena tournament are open through this weekend. Try to sign up as soon as possible if you need invitations!
Issa (#1)
07/29/22 9:16 pm
Homozygous Cream horses that carry Sooty may need their images reloaded from their Image Gallery.
Issa (#1)
07/28/22 10:07 pm
We're kicking off another long-awaited Project Six contest this year. Details can be found in the Contests forum.
Issa (#1)
07/28/22 5:40 pm
A recap of last night's breeding workshop has been posted on the forum!
Issa (#1)
07/26/22 7:09 pm
New background Origins is now available! You can buy the infinite version in the Pro Shop and the regular version can be acquired in super secret places.
Issa (#1)
07/26/22 3:47 pm
Smelt away, all ye hoarders o' gold!
Issa (#1)
07/25/22 2:14 pm
Registrations are open for August's Ausome Anniverary Board Game Arena tournament. More information can be found on Discord!
Light Shock (#2785)
07/25/22 12:46 am
If you're interested in more Y50 shenanigans, there's a forum post waiting for you! Go check it out.
Issa (#1)
07/23/22 12:13 am
Ready for adventure? Head on over to the Year 50 Celebration! (Thanks Maeve for the gorgeous banner!)
Issa (#1)
07/22/22 7:33 pm
Black and Smoky Black each have 2 new variant bases. A Glow Up button has been activated for horses who have one of the new bases.
Issa (#1)
07/22/22 4:31 pm
Color Shows are open for entering.
Issa (#1)
07/21/22 2:46 pm
Partnerships are now sold at a flat rate of $250,000.
Issa (#1)
07/21/22 2:19 pm
New training option alert! In Company is available to perform as regular training. Benefits are shown in Training Help.
Maeve (#1539)
07/21/22 10:32 am
A new feed has been dropped! Tone can be fed to horses to increase their condition at the expense of rest.
Maeve (#1539)
07/20/22 10:18 pm
Horses with Color Merit or Color Distinction now have a higher chance of passing that respective color to their foals.
Maeve (#1539)
07/20/22 12:25 pm
Geldings are now eligible to retire upon reaching 100% Gelding Advancement.
Maeve (#1539)
07/17/22 4:25 pm
Imports can no longer have Fair Performance Genes or Low Athleticism, Peak, or Travel.
Light Shock (#2785)
07/04/22 6:25 pm
A lovely Goldblood lady from the recent Select Sale was not picked up. She has been relisted in an auction that will end no sooner than 24 hours from now. All bids are done in PC and must be paid for in PC.
Titan (#1601)
06/28/22 4:02 pm
The first "Modcast" will be starting on discord at 4:30pm Game Time. Check the announcements on discord for more information.
Alex (#165)
06/24/22 12:09 am
Some of the Goldblood mares in the Select Sale Auction were consigned incorrectly. They have now been fixed and may be bid on again!
Issa (#1)
06/12/22 9:06 pm
Per community feedback, some updates have been made to the YA. See recent news post or Consign page for more information. Yearlings may also eat Alfalfa Cubes now.
Issa (#1)
06/12/22 6:15 pm
Suggested Grade has been updated to reflect recent PRs when a horse has finished races within the current year. This will make it a more accurate representation of what grade a horse should perform best in.
Issa (#1)
06/09/22 1:46 pm
You may now purchase up to 200 partnerships in yearlings each year. This is an increase from the former limit of 60.
Issa (#1)
06/06/22 8:28 pm
Racing horses 9 and older have been returned from pasture in case you'd like to race them this year with maximum racing age changes. If you want to keep them on pasture, just click the button to pasture them again.
Issa (#1)
06/06/22 6:06 pm
If you aren't seeing updated tack art/colors, you may need to hard refresh by pressing CTRL+F5. Clearing your cache may also help.
Issa (#1)
06/03/22 1:52 pm
The Golden Apple Orchard now offers Heir's Crowns.
Issa (#1)
06/02/22 8:59 pm
Retired mares are now eligible to pension for free. This is being offered on a trial basis through at least the end of the Y50 breeding season.
Issa (#1)
06/02/22 7:39 pm
Beginning in Y50, the maximum racing age will be reduced to 10. Horses 11 years and older will be ineligible to enter races and automatically retired from racing.
Issa (#1)
05/27/22 12:18 pm
The color scale for Rest and Morale has been adjusted to include a blue indicator for the most ideal range, making it easier for those who can't see exact % to manage racing and training.
Issa (#1)
05/20/22 7:28 pm
The June Board Game Arena tournament is open for registration! Information can be found on Discord and the forum.
Issa (#1)
05/02/22 11:53 am
As part of our 30 (60) Days of Flowers, I will be painting every flower onto a postcard. If you'd like a chance at receiving a postcard, provide your address through this form. Recipients will be drawn randomly for each flower and each person may only be chosen once. You do not need to be inside the US to sign up.
Issa (#1)
05/02/22 11:47 am
Calling all colorists! A new quest has appeared in #inky-adventures! Are you up for the challenge?
Issa (#1)
04/30/22 12:22 pm
Final reminder: The Spring Fling sale ends sometime tomorrow!