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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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December
Year 44
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Making Magic
Issa (#1)
Yesterday at 5:56 pm
Don't forget to share your successes in this week's positivity threads! You can find them on the Forum.
Issa (#1)
04/28/21 11:18 am
Buddy Workouts no longer increase Experience, except when using a buddy with an Experience-boosting trait.
Issa (#1)
04/28/21 10:35 am
Join me this morning for Coffee with a Mod on Discord! I'm here to answer questions or chat about whatever comes to mind.
Issa (#1)
04/24/21 2:02 pm
Like custom GBs, Import and SS stallions may now stand at stud regardless of points.
Issa (#1)
04/20/21 2:17 pm
All feeds (excluding Steady) are once again priced equally. Defend can now take Risk down to zero.
Briana (#3)
04/14/21 5:52 pm
The daily earnings limit for Springo has been changed to $100,000.
Issa (#1)
04/05/21 9:08 pm
Y44 Yearling Sales are open for consignments.
Issa (#1)
04/01/21 2:18 pm
A lonely lady did not find a home after the SS. She has been placed into a quick auction which will end before the end of this meet.
Issa (#1)
03/31/21 2:26 pm
Help us name an item!
Issa (#1)
03/20/21 6:29 pm
Ahem... Now the Select Sale is properly open for bids!
Issa (#1)
03/16/21 1:36 pm
Mosaic is now in the Custom Previewer and might also be making an appearance on some of the Select Sale horses starting to sneak into my barns.
Issa (#1)
03/15/21 4:26 pm
Horses now have a chance to gain Courage in races. The chance is based on age, with 2 year olds having the highest chance followed by 3 year olds and then older horses.
Issa (#1)
03/14/21 4:30 pm
A bug has been fixed which was causing a substantial number of horses under age 10 to completely bypass the impacts of Travel on Rest, Energy, and PR. All horses will now be affected by Travel as intended.
Issa (#1)
03/13/21 1:05 pm
The first training of the month for 2 year olds no longer consumes Energy if it is Interval or Gate Training.
Issa (#1)
03/08/21 9:26 pm
If your horse fancies making a splash, they might like the new options in Spilled Paint!
Issa (#1)
03/08/21 1:01 pm
A little bird told me a new Badger is on the loose...
Issa (#1)
03/08/21 12:42 pm
Help us Name That Face!
Issa (#1)
03/07/21 2:11 pm
The impacts of Gleam and Grooming on Coat Condition have been reduced.
Issa (#1)
03/07/21 10:11 am
March B color shows did not run with rollover and will be manually ran Monday.
Issa (#1)
03/06/21 4:49 pm
First Buddy Workouts now increase surface and distance in addition to style proficiency.
Issa (#1)
03/06/21 12:14 pm
Happyball and Slurpit have been removed from inventories. Refunds have been issued to all players who had them.
Issa (#1)
03/05/21 2:29 pm
There's a new contest in #dream_horses on Discord. Rules are pinned in that channel.
Issa (#1)
03/05/21 2:28 pm
Color Shows are now open for entries!
Issa (#1)
03/04/21 7:19 pm
Have questions? Need help? Head over to Discord and participate in Ask A Mod!
Issa (#1)
03/03/21 12:55 pm
Color Shows will now run each meet.
Issa (#1)
03/01/21 11:54 am
The Breeding Center is temporarily unavailable.
Briana (#3)
02/24/21 8:15 pm
The Pacific region will once again host its own set of the various series races this year.
Issa (#1)
02/23/21 8:56 pm
Prime now shows specific values in the Forever Pro Traits panel.
Issa (#1)
02/22/21 4:30 pm
Beginning in Y45 solid bred Paint Horses will be ineligible for series races.
Issa (#1)
02/21/21 10:01 am
Surface proficiency has been impacted by a bug again. You may fix it as directed in the red boxes at the top of horse pages.
Briana (#3)
02/19/21 8:18 pm
Prep races for CC and TT will be occurring in February!
Issa (#1)
02/18/21 7:01 pm
Surface drops will be back in place for this month's rollover. If you notice any surface proficiency issues after the site reopens, please immediately notify a moderator and refrain from training horses.
Issa (#1)
02/17/21 10:51 am
I will be hosting Ask A Mod in Discord for the next couple of hours. Drop by if you have questions!
Issa (#1)
02/17/21 10:46 am
If you edited stud fees in the last 12 hours your fees may have accidentally been set as PC. Please double check and update your fees if you experienced this problem.
Briana (#3)
02/13/21 12:06 pm
Rollover will be changed to Sunday, February 21st.
Issa (#1)
02/11/21 10:36 am
Rollover has been extended to Wednesday.
Issa (#1)
02/10/21 8:17 pm
SIP testing will no longer be available until July.
Issa (#1)
02/07/21 4:18 pm
The Events page has been updated with series race distances for Y44. Please refer to it when preparing your horses.
Briana (#3)
02/06/21 7:37 pm
Experience will be resetting in January due to several bugs allowing horses to gain too much throughout the year.
Issa (#1)
02/06/21 5:58 pm
Buddy workouts will be unavailable after rollover.
Issa (#1)
02/02/21 3:45 pm
We have fixed a bug which was causing some QH/PH/STB to gain Rest in races rather than losing. This will not impact any horse's current Rest levels, but you may see different Rest fluctuation in future months for the horses involved.
Issa (#1)
01/29/21 12:42 am
The Training Help pop-out guide has a fresh coat of paint!
Issa (#1)
01/28/21 1:17 pm
Horses of any age may now gain random stats from Maintenance training.
Issa (#1)
01/27/21 3:29 pm
Buddy Workouts no longer add Risk to horses with low Energy.
Issa (#1)
01/25/21 10:16 pm
Have a moment to spare? If you have any experience with our buddy workout feature we'd love to see you participate in a quick survey here.
Issa (#1)
01/23/21 8:54 pm
Buddy Workouts will be unavailable in November and December to any horse that performed a buddy workout in September, October, or November. Fear not - BWs from any of those months still count for WCF and ISHC!
Issa (#1)
01/21/21 12:59 pm
The cost of Hype has been updated to match Focus. It also now always increases Risk and has a more significant impact on Risk when fed to 2 year olds.
Issa (#1)
01/16/21 11:06 am
You may now add colts of any age to your favorite studs list.
Issa (#1)
01/09/21 1:24 pm
Hype no longer reduces Rest.
Issa (#1)
01/08/21 8:29 pm
Bonuses/penalties for early/late entry have been removed. You may now enter on whatever day suits your schedule without suffering consequences!