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| Pasture, not to be confused with the turnout section of your stable (which is where horses are held when not in stalls), is a place you can send retired horses to give them time off. This pasture is also different from Vacation Pasture, which you can read more about on the Vacation Options page. Horses on pasture are moved to a special section within your stable, found in the left side 'Pasture' link.
You must convert free acreage to pasture to be able to use this feature, which is free to do from the Farm Management page. Horses in pasture require 1 acre of pasture each.
While on pasture, horses have several restrictions:
• Cannot be fed
• Cannot be trained
• Cannot be used as a gelding buddy
• Cannot enter shows
• Cannot be sold, leased, or entered in auction
• Cannot be bred or listed at stud
While any retired horse is generally eligible for pasture, horses become temporarily ineligible if they are currently being leased or are in foal.
Although pastured horses are not fed or trained, they will not be counted as neglected. Thus, a horse on pasture will never be eligible to reclaim through neglect contracts.
|How and When to Pasture
Only retired horses are eligible for pasture. They can be sent to pasture from March through October.
Once on pasture, horses will remain there for the remainder of the current game year, not returning to your normal stable until January of the following year. Once sent to pasture, there is no way to remove them from pasture besides waiting until January. You can choose to extend the duration of a horse’s stay in pasture on their page. (Once in pasture).
If you're ready to send your horse out for the rest of the year, you can do so by visiting their Manage page and clicking the pasture option. If it's not available, it's probably because it's the wrong time of year (see above) or the horse is leased or in foal.
|Impacts of Pasture
| The benefits of pasture vary based on the gender of the horse. You can read more about this in each section below. There are also a couple ways all horses are impacted by pasture.
All horses that are 2 or older will remain at 60% condition while in pasture. Note: While your horse won't be losing condition while in the pasture, when coming back from pasture the horse will not be at 60% condition. It will still lose the normal amount of condition from not being fed or trained in the January rollover.
Additionally, coat condition will deteriorate faster for all horses on pasture.
|Retired Horse Benefits
Stallions and retired geldings receive no bonuses for being on pasture. Although you can put stallions or retired geldings on pasture, there is no real reason to do so.
The primary benefit of putting a broodmare on pasture is that it has a chance to improve her Fertility. Fertility does not go up every month, it only has a chance to increase, so it may be more beneficial to send a broodmare to the pasture early in the year. However, mares who were pastured the previous year will have reduced Pregnancy Risk as well as lower chances of miscarriages and stillborns. These improvements stack based on the total months spent on pasture.