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Every horse should be trained at least once a month - the only exception is pastured horses as they cannot be trained.
Horses can be exercised from their Exercise page (linked on the left side of each horse's main page), and you can check if a horse has been exercised by the green checkmark on their Exercise page or in the T column on the Stable page.
|Yearlings can only be trained once a month, and should be trained every month.
Yearlings can do Groundwork or Grooming. Grooming will improve their coat condition where relevant. However, grooming must be done as the first (and only, for yearlings) training of the month, so can not be done after groundwork. Yearlings can be assigned buddies - be sure to check the Buddies page for more information.
|When you open the exercise page, you'll see multiple options - training type, jockey, surface, and target distance. Your contracted and assigned jockey’s name should be here already.
For Thoroughbreds, Goldbloods and Stock the default surface is Dirt or Sand but under locking, you can choose to lock your horse into Dirt/Sand, Turf, or Alternating (which will train the horse in whichever surface has lower familiarity). For Standardbreds, their surface choices will be Trot or Pace.
Horses can be trained at any distance and may maintain proficiency at any number of distances. However, horses are genetically inclined to train and maintain distances in certain ranges more readily than others. Most can only maintain high proficiency in 1 to 3 distances at a time. To learn more about what distance your horse prefers, visit the Distance & Surface page.
It is important to consider a few things to help you select the appropriate training type for your horse; such as Maturity, Condition, Energy, and Stats. Some types of training take more energy than others do, some workouts are designed to max certain stats and some workouts affect distance and surface/gait familiarity. For more information on each type of workout, check out the tooltip link at the top of the exercise page called Training Help. If you're training a young horse for the first time, this guide might also be helpful.
Any horses that are actively racing should try to do training that doesn't cost any extra energy. You are able to do one Maintenance, one Interval or one Grooming without using any energy. Gate Training also does not take energy but decreases morale and therefore isn't as beneficial for maxed and actively racing horses. Two-year-olds and Three-year-olds take more energy than mature horses. You may decide to train your horse more than this; however, it will require energy, regardless of which type you choose. You can only Groom a horse as the first training of the month, and this can be useful even for horses that don’t participate in color shows due to the fact that it increases rest and morale. There is also a chance that Buddy Workouts may not take energy if done as the first training of the month, and this is determined by the athleticism of the horse.
Horses can refuse to train (fail to learn and gain stats/"You Tried Your Best") as exercising takes Morale and Consistency into consideration. If your horse has low Morale, you must take this into consideration before training! You can feed Focus, do maintenance or long gallop, or do a timed/buddy workout, all of which will raise Morale (and cannot be refused). You can also groom a horse to raise morale, but it must be done as the first training of the month.You may need to do a combination of those to get Morale high enough to successfully complete other types of training.
Consistency is less important but will increase naturally if you have Training Skill 4 as they progress through training. Over time, a horse's odds of refusing training will decrease, assuming they don't max at incredibly low Consistency.
Intelligence plays a small part also - whilst it does not cause training refusals, it can result in a horse not gaining stats despite having a successful training session. Horses with higher intelligence learn faster and gain stats more consistently, compared to horses with lower intelligence who will ultimately take longer to max their stats.
|Rehabilitation and Stall Rest|
|You will likely come across stall rest and rehabilitation which happen when your horse gets injured. Stall Rest means exactly as it says; you will not be able to train your horse during the time that they are on Stall Rest and if the injury is significant enough, you may be given the option to retire early or you will need to wait it out until they have recovered enough to use Rehab exercise/facilities. If your horse has finished Stall Rest or needs to go through Rehabilitation then you will be given those Exercise options. Your horse can only do one rehabilitation session per month. These options are covered in more detail in the Injury section.|
|Retired horses can be Turned Out, complete Groundwork, or be Groomed. Groundwork can be completed multiple times per month - it will only affect condition. Turn Out can only be done once per month as the first training of the month - it affects condition but also can positively impact Fertility as well as lower Pregnancy Risk. Grooming can only be done once per month as the first training of the month - it will only affect coat condition. Retired geldings (buddies) can give you valuable level experience by training.|