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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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Making Magic
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!
Issa (#1)
04/26/22 10:59 am
Registration is now open for May Board Game Arena tournaments. Registration information can be found in #tournament-info on Discord.
Issa (#1)
04/21/22 2:09 pm
As matching season draws near, the Intro to Matching page has a couple updates - including new charts for genotype searching and a revision to the KISS tutorial linked within.
Issa (#1)
04/18/22 4:58 pm
You can now 'Subscribe' to forum posts to receive notification of replies.
Issa (#1)
04/18/22 4:40 pm
You may now purchase custom Goldbloods again.
Issa (#1)
04/18/22 3:43 pm
Race Preferences may now be set to include Any Tracks, which will show races at tracks from all regions.
Issa (#1)
04/18/22 10:44 am
Have you checked the forum lately? A spiffy new contest for Standardbreds is kicking off this year!
Issa (#1)
04/18/22 10:36 am
Training is now available for all horses.
Issa (#1)
04/17/22 6:14 pm
Distances and home tracks may now be assigned to Goldbloods.
Issa (#1)
04/17/22 4:39 pm
The Spring Fling Pro Shop sale has started! For every 3 PC purchased, earn 1 free! There's also a variety of fun and rare items stocked in the Pro Shop.
Issa (#1)
04/17/22 3:36 pm
Training Assistant and Jockey purse fees have been updated and can be viewed on their respective pages. You may also begin to hire assistants at Endurance tracks.
Flash (#2)
04/16/22 6:08 pm
Training will be temporarily unavailable at the start of January. Steeplechase transition for Goldbloods will also be inaccessible.
Issa (#1)
04/10/22 2:09 pm
Gelding buddies from the HT are temporarily available at reduced prices. Prices will return to normal in March Y49.
Issa (#1)
04/09/22 5:44 pm
All race preferences will now be reset when a horse is sold, leased, auctioned, or claimed.
Issa (#1)
04/09/22 5:15 pm
Driving Trials do not factor in Colt Composure or Filly Power. This applies to all current and future DT-related races.
Issa (#1)
04/09/22 3:05 pm
Groundwork for racers and Long Gallops have been improved with added benefits. More details will be in an upcoming news post as these changes may impact how you start 2 year olds in January.
Issa (#1)
04/09/22 12:41 pm
Gold Loot Crates have been reimbursed with Crystal Chalices and Green Loot Crates have been reimbursed with Classic Surprise Boxes. Apologies this update has been much delayed!
Waylon (#1593)
04/08/22 7:51 pm
The SS Yearling Raffle will begin at 8:30pm FFH time on Discord!
Issa (#1)
04/07/22 11:20 pm
Don't forget the Select Scholarship entries close Friday morning. Click here to participate!
Maeve (#1539)
04/07/22 9:08 pm
April Art to Heart is open! Our prompt this month is Blossom! Respond to the prompt to earn features and prizes. Check out our discord or the link HERE for more info!
Issa (#1)
03/31/22 11:07 am
Invites for the April BGA tournament must be requested by tomorrow, Friday, morning! Tournaments start Friday night.
Issa (#1)
03/19/22 11:15 am
New? Have questions? Just want to chat about FFH? Stop by Discord for Coffee with a Mod (me!) this morning.
Issa (#1)
03/13/22 12:02 pm
The Y48 Yearling Sales are open for consignment!
Issa (#1)
03/12/22 4:14 pm
Do you like Standardbreds? Get your driving horses lined up and prepaired for 3 mile races. Something unpaircedented is coming soon!
Issa (#1)
03/12/22 4:04 pm
Beginning in Y49, Goldbloods will no longer be sharing races with Thoroughbreds. More details on what's coming for the breed will be announced closer to that time.
Issa (#1)
03/12/22 2:10 pm
Retired Quarter Horses, Paint Horses and Standardbreds no longer suffer from extra Condition loss until they are 20 years or older.
Maeve (#1539)
03/10/22 6:46 pm
March Art to Heart art event is now open! Respond to a provided prompt and earn prizes and features! Check out our discord or the link HERE for more information!
Issa (#1)
02/28/22 11:00 pm
Moderator applications will be closing Wednesday, March 2nd. Please indicate interest, as explained in the '2022 Outlook' post, by that date.
Issa (#1)
02/25/22 10:36 pm
March Board Game Arena tournaments are open for entering. Sign up for a chance to win prizes, including end-of-tournament raffles! Information can be found in the #board-game-arena channel on Discord.
Issa (#1)
02/19/22 12:31 pm
Roses are red, violets are blue... The lovely and talented Raz (#1016) has made a new background for you! This may be a few days late, but you can still dress your horse up for an important date! Single and infinite Heart Bouquet backgrounds are currently available in the Pro Shop.
Issa (#1)
01/29/22 1:16 pm
As a reminder, you should not be reloading other players' 2 year olds. If they aren't reloaded yet, it's probably because the owner hasn't looked at them yet - don't ruin their surprise.
Issa (#1)
01/25/22 7:43 pm
Stud Services now has a breakdown of mares due in the current year and mares already covered for the upcoming year to make it easier to keep track of foal slots. Players can no longer accept breeding requests if total foals + mares in foal would exceed a stallion's foal limit.
Issa (#1)
01/25/22 7:41 pm
Spring now has a daily limit of 10 plays for monetary rewards (rather than $100,000). You may continue to play additional games to earn blackout raffle tickets.
Issa (#1)
01/24/22 11:06 pm
The Trophy Hall revamp is live! You can view it from your Stable profile page.
Issa (#1)
01/24/22 1:45 pm
Due to a bug with Blood Type inheritance, some unretired horses may have a rerolled from their sire's BT to their dam's BT.
Issa (#1)
01/23/22 7:14 pm
The February Be My Palentine Board Game Arena tournament is open for registration! Information can be found in #board-game-arena on Discord.
Issa (#1)
01/22/22 5:16 pm
Training will be temporarily unavailable after tonight's rollover into the new year.
Issa (#1)
01/22/22 12:34 pm
Male Probability is visible on Genetics pages again.
Issa (#1)
01/22/22 11:46 am
The Y48 Hill & Dale will feature races at both 2M and 4M. A new series for Standardbreds will be added to the December lineup featuring races for 2 and 3 year olds as well as a Driving Trial. More info can be found on the Events calendar.
Issa (#1)
01/21/22 12:46 pm
If you'd like to attend a Community Forum this weekend, make sure to vote in the poll on Discord!
Issa (#1)
01/20/22 11:05 am
Don't forget it's the last week to buy yearling partnerships!
Issa (#1)
01/18/22 12:18 pm
Court of Stars now rewards Heir's Crown instead of Pixie Powder and Stardust (which is retired).
Issa (#1)
01/13/22 11:19 am
Beginning in Y48, horses will only regain Energy at end-of-month rollovers. Like in off season, Energy gained will be approximately double of what has normally been gained at each meet rollover.
Issa (#1)
01/09/22 9:33 pm
Abbreviated notes from today's Community Forum can be viewed here.
Issa (#1)
01/09/22 4:09 pm
A Racing Dispersal is available at the Golden Apple Orchard now through the end of Y47. Take advantage while you can!
Issa (#1)
01/09/22 3:22 pm
You can now sell unwanted acreage from the Manage Farm page. Pro members receive 60% of the current purchase rate and non-Pro receive 40%.
Issa (#1)
01/09/22 2:55 pm
Stallions may only be listed at stud from January through June.