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General Tips
Join our discord channel! There is so much to learn on Flying For Home and you can get 24/7 support on discord which you can either use via your web browser or download the app. Our mod team is spread across the globe to ensure someone is almost always on hand for whatever you need, as well as many veteran members who hang out here and will be more than willing to help. In addition to support, our community is friendly and loves welcoming new members with open arms! You'll often find people willing to do quick trades, offer advice, or simply chat in the Discord.

Visit the Item Database in the Handbook whenever you need to know more about an item. Not only does this show descriptions and prices, but additional tips that may help you decide when and where to use some items.

See that little green recycling icon to the right? Rusty The Recycler rewards you for feeding him your rubbish!
Money Tips
Play Springo! Who doesn't like a fun mini game that earns you some cash for playing? Head on over to the Vale Of Runes, which is found under the Community tab, and you can earn up to $100,000 FFH dollars per day as well as a chance to be entered into the weekly raffle for a random item.

Replying to news posts is a great way to earn a little extra income! Just make sure you're following the listed rules. You can also earn money (significantly less) by participating in forum posts and discussions. Sometimes members post contest they are hosting or discussions they're curious about, so it is a good place to browse.

If you're feeling tight on cash, be sure to visit the Money Management page for a more in-depth look at how to earn (and keep) your money!
Horse Care Tips
Don't use special feeds more than needed. Though they aren't necessarily going to break the bank, the cost and side effects can add up over time. For example, if your horse doesn't really need Hype, consider giving them a meet off of racing instead!

Always, always, always put Basic Wraps on your horses before racing. Doing so significantly reduces their chances of injury in races. Injuries mean time off from racing, and could also mean costly vet bills.
Horse Buying Tips
Don't avoid geldings! Just because a horse isn't stud material doesn't mean they cannot be a great racer -- you'll find geldings to be valuable even when you aren't new, as they can provide you with great buddy workout benefits once they retire.

Look for leases! Head on over to the Sales Arena and check out the leases available on a regular basis - this is an ideal way to get quality, graded stakes racers at a low price without having to worry about what to do with them when they are ready to retire.

Buy from the Yearling Sales! The annual sale is the best way to find talented prospects to form the foundation of racing string for future years. Every horse in the sale is guaranteed to be stakes quality and it's not uncommon to unearth some superstars. We always encourage newer players to buy as many as they possibly can as these will likely be better than horses you'll find from the Horse Trader or sales. If you're not sure what to bid on you can't go wrong picking the cheapest horses.
Racing and Training Tips
Entering races when you're new can sometimes be a little confusing. Always click the button to double check your entry to avoid less than ideal entering. It's okay if a couple things are yellow, but aim for having everything green. Also, avoid putting fillies in open races!

A trick for prepping your horses to race is to enter them first so that when you train them you can train them on the surface and distance they’re entered. It’s a good way to see if you entered them on a surface and distance that they may not be trained for and correct it. Then last, after training, you still have the opportunity to feed a special feed (such as Hype) if needed.

Check your race notes! Visiting your "Stable Results" from your barn profile will show you how your horses performed in the most recent meet and will also give you indicators for race notes. Any horse with a yellow exclamation mark has race notes to view, and if you click on this - you can get valuable information to potentially enhance how your horse performs in their races.
Breeding Tips
When you start breeding carefully review the Handbook sections about Breeding and ask questions if you need help figuring out how to match.

The most common frustrations from breeding all revolve around matching too early. If you match too early you're making your life more difficult in a couple ways. Most importantly, you're probably missing out on 50% or more of the stallions that will be listed this breeding season. You're also far more likely to be denied if you're matching early. Save yourself some stress and wait to match until February and your matching experience is more likely to be a positive one.

Include a note about your mares bloodtype on the request! A lot of breeders won't look at a request unless this has been done, so take the extra time to note this so that your request isn't automatically denied on this basis. If you need any help with bloodtypes on specific mares, hop on over to the Discord -- we have a specific #breeding_help channel!

Fancy color does not equal quality. Breeding for color alone will hurt your stable over time -- take the time to look into pedigrees rather than choosing the first sparkly stud you find for your mare. Stud owners often charge higher fees for colored studs as well, so this could help save some money in your first few breeding seasons.

Genes are far from the most important component of determining a foal's stats. Good genes do not automatically mean a foal will max well, so it's important to focus on Producer Quality rather than becoming overly fixated on perfect gene matches. Most performance genes actually have no correlation with a horse's maximum stats.
Common Abbreviations
Around the site and in conversations on Discord you may see some commonly used abbreviations that have become a second hand language for players who have been on the site for a game year or more.
HT HT refers to a horse purchased from the Horse Trader. These can be Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Paint Horses or Standardbreds racing or breeding stock. As well as retired geldings used for Buddy Workouts or Extreme Makeover Mares of any breed.
BW BW refers to a Buddy Workout, these workouts are used to help racers improve and are performed by using a retired gelding.
GAO GAO refers to the Golden Apple Orchard here you can trade in horses for Apples or purchase Pro Items with Apples that you have earned.
PR PR refers to Performance Ratings which a horse earns while racing. PRs help determine what grade a horse should run and how competitive that horse may be in higher grades such as Stellars and Series.
EMM EMM refers to the Extreme Mare Makeover, these mares can be purchased from the Horse Trader and are strictly retired broodmares. They all come with all Poor genes and Poor producer quality. It’s suggested that you wait until you have established yourself as breeding before purchasing any.

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Issa (#1)
Today at 2:20 pm
Suggested stud fees have been adjusted to reflect recent changes in Development and Heritage. This is unlikely to result in significant changes for most horses, but may be important for some.
Issa (#1)
Today at 1:30 pm
The Golden Apple Orchard prizes have been rebalanced and include some new additions.
Issa (#1)
Today at 12:02 pm
Coffee with a mod? Coffee with a mod! Come hang out in Discord and ask all your New Year's questions!
Issa (#1)
Today at 1:41 am
Do you read news posts? Don't forget to reply to earn some cash and a chance to win some New Year's prizes! (Be sure to follow the rules!)
Issa (#1)
Yesterday at 4:42 pm
If you received a stillborn notice before 3:00pm, please disregard. There were some blips in the foaling system, resulting in stillborn PMs, and your mare is probably still in foal. You can check Mare Services to be sure.
Issa (#1)
07/30/21 12:17 pm
Today is the last day of the Summer Sizzler sale!
Issa (#1)
07/28/21 5:16 pm
Fae horses may now opt in to color shows. Shows will be available for them beginning in January Y46.
Issa (#1)
07/25/21 4:43 pm
All stables receive up to a 25% discount on race entry fees based upon racing activity in the previous game month. The same discount applies to show entry fees based upon show activity in the previous game month.
Issa (#1)
07/25/21 4:28 pm
Stables may earn a Chameleon badge when they actively enter horses in color shows.
Issa (#1)
07/25/21 3:42 pm
Genotype Search results show breed(s) accepted under the stud fee.
Issa (#1)
07/25/21 3:00 pm
Track info pages have some new census information!
Issa (#1)
07/22/21 7:17 pm
Series races now award purses through 10th place. 7th through 10th place finishers receive the same percentage of purse as 6th place.
Issa (#1)
07/22/21 7:14 pm
New Year's Resolutions may only be used once per game year.
Issa (#1)
07/22/21 1:50 pm
Horses who are already Marathon transitioned will not gain Longevity or Prime when transitioning to Steeplechase.
Issa (#1)
07/22/21 1:48 pm
Sprouts and horses purchased with auction vouchers cannot be sold until they have at least 10 race starts.
Issa (#1)
07/22/21 1:02 pm
Sparks of Joy horses reset at the end of each game month, meaning if you don't do Sparks for awhile you will no longer return to an outdated horse. Additionally, you may now reroll your assigned horse once per meet.
Issa (#1)
07/21/21 9:07 pm
Horses are eligible to retire if they have earned 100 combined show points.
Issa (#1)
07/20/21 9:20 pm
Stat stars are now included free for all horses.
Issa (#1)
07/20/21 8:46 pm
The Pacific region will not be hosting series races next year with the exception of series that rotate regions (ZZ, ES, WCF, ISHC). However, all series races now allow multiple entries like normal races.
Issa (#1)
07/20/21 2:22 pm
Pro players now see Morale and Rest percentages on horse pages. To avoid confusion, the color scale has shifted slightly for both so that they follow the same pattern.
Issa (#1)
07/20/21 1:29 pm
Horses transitioning to Steeplechase will automatically max all of their stats if they have completed at least 10 races.
Issa (#1)
07/18/21 3:50 pm
Robin's Nests may only be used on mares who have previously been fed Legacy.
Issa (#1)
07/18/21 3:00 pm
Legacy may increase a mare's chances of throwing genetic defects. This will not impact mares who have been fed Legacy prior to this post.
Issa (#1)
07/18/21 1:39 pm
Account freezing will be unavailable for the foreseeable future.
Issa (#1)
07/18/21 1:36 pm
Horses who are not fed or trained in a given month will have increased Risk and slowed Maturity.
Issa (#1)
07/01/21 8:01 pm
There are new Activity Badges on profile pages. You can earn these by actively racing 4yo+ (Tenacious Trainer), 3yo (Derby Determined), 2yo (Futurity Focused), and allowance (Allowance Ace) horses.
Issa (#1)
07/01/21 4:31 pm
Savings and interest acquisition have been updated. More info is available in your Savings Account.
Issa (#1)
06/29/21 10:40 am
The Yearling Auction no longer has minimum bid requirements. I believe this slipped through the cracks last year, leading to some confusion.
Issa (#1)
06/27/21 3:21 pm
Yearling Auctions are open for consignment!
Issa (#1)
06/22/21 7:14 pm
DAQ has been updated as Dam Producer Quality (PQ) and the Far Above Average level was removed, shifting Above Average and Average slightly. We've also added Dam Genetic Quality (GQ) to better understand how genetics may be impacting a stallion's AFP. Finally, average Select % of foals has been added as another means of measuring the overall quality of mares a stallion has been bred to.
Issa (#1)
06/22/21 11:17 am
There is a new version of Lace! You can view it in the Custom Previewer and can apply it through Amore Charms.
Issa (#1)
06/21/21 3:54 pm
SIP testing and stallion AFPs are now available!
Issa (#1)
06/20/21 11:33 am
The minimum age for Blossom Tea has been reduced to 3 years.
Issa (#1)
06/20/21 10:13 am
Distance, Surface, and Style Proficiencies did not drop again this rollover. We are aware of the problem and will be leaving it as is. Proceed with feeding and training as usual. :)
Issa (#1)
06/19/21 8:05 pm
AFP is down for some bug fixes until until further notice.
Issa (#1)
06/15/21 11:02 am
Forgot to repost after the time traveling... Basic Wraps have a chance to reduce Risk during training.
Issa (#1)
06/09/21 5:09 pm
Thoroughbreds, Goldbloods, and Standardbreds have a chance to reveal their transition Stat Genes upon retirement. (With relevant skill.) They no longer have a chance to reveal Jump.
Issa (#1)
06/09/21 12:30 pm
Unfilled series races may be entered late for a tripled entry fee.
Issa (#1)
06/07/21 7:04 pm
We're working on a spreadsheet to track community-created item art. If you're working on art for an item, add your name under the 'In Progress' column. This does not mean that others can't try it, but can help avoid some overlap.
Issa (#1)
06/07/21 3:15 pm
Goldblood stallions are temporarily eligible to test for Producer Quality if they are: 100% Goldblood, retired, and not Cloaked. Testing fees for Goldbloods during this period are reduced to $500,000 or 50 PC. Although mares can benefit from discounted fees, normal testing restrictions still apply.
Issa (#1)
06/06/21 7:19 pm
Yearlings must compete in 10 shows to receive a Travel boost.
Issa (#1)
06/06/21 7:19 pm
Yearlings must compete in 10 shows to receive a Travel boost.
Issa (#1)
06/06/21 6:25 pm
Suggested Grade and Style have been added to all horse pages as a replacement for Peer Comparisons. Young series race prospects are marked with an icon next to their grade.
Issa (#1)
06/06/21 1:38 pm
Players who don't have Hidden Stats can now see a Potential range on their horse's pages. This reflects current Potential only. A new chart has been added to the Evaluating Talent page to help place these horses into appropriate grades.
Issa (#1)
06/06/21 11:03 am
Although the Golden Apple Orchard is still taking horses as low as 20 potential, apple supplies are dwindling and you won't receive extra Golden Apples. You will still receive Arcane Apples for exceptional horses.
Issa (#1)
06/04/21 5:05 pm
AI Straw limits have been increased to 4 with an age limit of 20.
Issa (#1)
06/04/21 4:45 pm
The 12 Select Sale stallions age 10 and under with less than 20 foal slots have been set to 20 foal slots.
Issa (#1)
06/03/21 1:41 pm
Favorited horses may no longer be placed 'For Claim'. If a horse is already 'For Claim' and is a Favorite, they will automatically swap to 'No Claim' when visiting their Race Preferences page.
Issa (#1)
05/30/21 1:49 pm
Stallions may have a maximum of 30 foal slots, with the exception of any stallion who already has more than 30 foal slots. If a stallion already has 30 or more foal slots, he will not earn more through SIP upgrades.
Issa (#1)
05/30/21 12:54 pm
Train All for racers is down for maintenance. If you have used it recently please double check your horses' Surface Proficiency before entering races, as it likely hasn't been improving surface.