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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 any horse to give it time off. Horses on pasture are moved to a special section within your stable, found in the right side 'Pasture' link.
While on pasture, horses have several restrictions:
• Cannot be fed
• Cannot be trained
• Cannot perform buddy workouts
• Cannot be used as a gelding buddy
• Cannot enter races or shows
• Cannot be sold, leased, or entered in auction
• Cannot be bred or listed at stud
While any 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|
Horses of any age and status can be sent to pasture, but the timeline for doing so varies. Yearlings can be sent to pasture any time between April and July. Horses 2 years and older can be sent to pasture any time between March and 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.
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.
After a horse has been sent to pasture, you will also have the option to Extend their pasture from their main page. This will automatically keep them out for an additional year, rather than returning them to your stable in January. This is primarily useful on 2 year olds you wish to keep out until they turn 4, to take full advantage of training bonuses. It may also be useful if you have more mares than you can breed or simply want significantly easier pregnancy management.
|Impacts of Pasture|
| The benefits of pasture vary based on the age and/or status 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.
First, 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 loose 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.
Yearlings on pasture receive bonuses to:
|Horses in Training Benefits|
Horses in training (racers) on pasture receive bonuses to:
• Prime (chance - not guaranteed)
Since prime does not go up every month, sending a horse to pasture earlier in the year will give them better odds of improving their prime. Additionally, horses 4 years and older will receive training bonuses if they were on pasture the previous year. These bonuses stack based upon the total months spent on pasture, meaning a horse who is sent to pasture as a 2 year old and then extends through their 3 year old year will receive more bonuses than a horse who was only out for part of a year. The bonus will help them catch up in training faster by gaining more stats in each training session.
|Retired Horse Benefits|
Stallions and retired gelding 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 either, so just like prime, 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, so a mare on extended pasture will benefit more than a mare who was only out for a couple of months.
Another perk of putting broodmares on pasture is that you will earn Golden Apples each month based on their birth potential, as listed below. Please note that mares who are out of foal slots will not earn Golden Apples.
50+ potential: 10 apples
40-49 potential: 8 apples
30-39 potential: 6 apples
20-29 potential: 3 apples
Less than 20 potential: 1 apple