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Condition & Energy

Athleticism Gene
Athleticism works hand in hand with energy. It determines how much energy horses use when training as well as how quickly they regenerate energy at rollover. Horses with Strong Athleticism can race more often (usually monthly), while horses with Low Athleticism may only be able to race every other month.

Athleticism also affects how much energy is consumed during Buddy Workouts which can be seen in the Energy Consumption chart. That pop up is called Training Help and is accessible through your horse’s Exercise page.
How to Evaluate Athleticism
Athleticism is a Supplementary Gene that can only be viewed with Forever Pro, however, you can estimate a horse's athleticism by keeping track of how much energy they use when racing and/or training. Athleticism for those who have purchased the Supplementary Gene is viewable in the horse’s genetics and on their exercise page.

To learn more about determining your horse's Athleticism without an account upgrade, please refer to the energy loss chart found on the Training Help pop up page - which can also be accessed on the top of a horse's Exercise page. Furthermore, it is easier for horses aged 2 and 3 to use the energy consumption chart on the Buddy Workouts pop up page specific to Buddies – which is accessible through your horse’s Exercise page on the bottom to help estimate Athleticism. These two energy consumption charts can give you a good idea where your horse may be on the spectrum at varying ages.
How to Improve Athleticism
The Athleticism gene is rated by three levels: Strong, Moderate and Low. Low is the most undesirable level as it causes a horse to lose large amounts of energy to train or race.

It can be guaranteed to improve to Moderate:
• By the Pro item using Blazing Horseshoes
• By transitioning to Driving or Steeplechase
• By gelding colts

You may have the chance to improve a horse to Moderate Athleticism by:
• Doing long gallops
• Transitioning a horse to Marathon
Managing Condition
Managing Condition is very important to your horse's success in both racing and breeding. Condition is a trait which is always in flux. All horses lose Condition at each month's rollover. The rate at which horses lose Condition is based on their Athleticism gene. Flat racing horses over the age of 7, steeplechase horses over the age of 10, and bloodstock over the age of 15 will have a more difficult time maintaining Condition.

To help foster Quarter Horses, Paint Horses and Standardbreds racing at older ages, they now only suffer faster Condition deterioration if they are 10 or older. They will also only experience significant Condition loss if they are 13 or older.

Horses with higher Risk will also may have a slightly harder time maintaining Condition.

Though Condition is continuously declining, it is not difficult to maintain Condition levels over 80% for most horses. You can improve Condition through most types of exercise, as well as buddy workouts. (See the Training Help pop-out on the Exercise page to learn more about different training types.) Condition also improves each time a horse races, so keeping your horses entered regularly is key to easy maintenance. Feeding your horse will also positively impact Condition, though not as much as training or racing.
Impacts in Racing
Condition is considered a minor factor in calculating a horse's Performance Rating, but it is still very important in racing horses. Horses racing with lower Condition will still race slightly worse but, more importantly, they will also be at higher risk of injury. 50% or higher Condition is considered reasonably safe to enter, but it is a good idea to keep it at 90% or higher.

In addition to its impacts on PRs and injuries, Condition determines how much Energy horses lose when racing. An unfit horse will become much more exhausted after their race and will face a longer recovery period before they can race again. The same guidelines for Condition listed above will ensure your horses bounce back from each race as quickly as possible.
Impacts in Breeding
Condition is important to manage in both broodmares and stallions. Condition is critical for mares in foal, as it is the largest determining factor of Pregnancy Risk. Mares with low Condition will gain Pregnancy Risk at each rollover and are at risk of going barren and losing the foal. Mares who are not in foal are also at high risk of going barren if their Condition drops too low.

However, high Condition can help mares regain or improve their fertility. High condition also reduces Pregnancy Risk at each rollover. It is a good idea to keep all mares above 70% Condition, though as with racing horses, 90% is more ideal.

Condition must also be carefully managed for stallions. Low Condition at the time of covering can contribute to causing negative anomalies in foals. If you want to avoid risk of negative anomalies, you should follow the same percentage guidelines listed above.
Managing Energy
Like Condition, Energy is incredibly important in successfully managing your racing and breeding horses. Energy increases at the end of each month’s rollover depending upon each horse's Athleticism gene. Energy is not related to a horse's Rest gene. Horses will gain anywhere from 10% to 30% of their Energy back each month. This means it can take anywhere from 4 to 10 months for a horse to go from 0% to 100% Energy - if no actions are taken that reduce Energy in the meantime.

Energy is lost when horses exercise or race. There are some training options that do not reduce Energy for the first training of the month, so it is possible to train and still maintain 100% Energy. (See the Training Help pop-out on the Exercise page for more information.) The amount of Energy horses lose in races is determined by their Condition at the time of entering.

It is important to note that Energy does not impact Rest, and Rest does not impact Energy gains (or losses).
Impacts in Racing
Energy is extremely important in racing. A horse will run their best Performance Ratings when they have 100% Energy, but they will still run competitively with energy levels of at least 70%. Energy over 30% is generally regarded as safe though not recommended as horses with low Energy may perform quite terribly, but Energy of at least 70% is the safest bet for your horse to run relatively well.
However, 70/80/90% Energy will influence PR differently, so it is still best, in terms of PR, to enter your horse with the highest Energy possible.
For this reason, you should avoid entering multiple races per meet (or month) until you know what kind of racing schedule your horse can handle.

In addition, low Energy is one of the most frequent causes of injury in races. This most often happens when a horse is entered in multiple races in a meet and quickly burns through their Energy to the point of breaking down. Following the guidelines above will minimize your horse's chances of being injured due to Energy. Entering at 100% Energy is the best plan for optimal performance but entering at 70% will allow your horse to run safely. As energy dips below 70%, the risk of injury increases exponentially. Running a race with 30% energy or less carries a great risk of injury.
Impacts in Breeding
Energy levels impact both broodmares and stallions. Low Energy contributes to Pregnancy Risk for mares in foal. To minimize the chances of increasing risk, mares should maintain as close to 100% Energy as possible. Pregnancy Risk can decrease if a mare maintains high Energy levels along with high Condition.

Energy may be considered less important for stallions, but it is still something you should keep an eye on. The number of mares a stallion can cover per month is determined by his Energy as well as Athleticism. Stallions with higher Athleticism will be able to cover more mares (perhaps 4 or 5), while stallions with low Athleticism may sometimes only be able to cover one mare, as Athleticism determines how much Energy they will use.
Special Feeds & Items
None of the feeds or items listed below are necessary for caring for and managing horses under normal circumstances. However, sometimes you may find that you encounter a situation where a horse needs help with Energy and/or Condition. Some reasons a horse might need a little help is if they are older, have recently been neglected, or need to squeeze in some extra training in preparation before a special race.
Hype Hype is a standard, easily affordable, type of feed sold in the Feed Mill. Feeding it will increase a horse's Energy. While it is readily available, it should be fed with caution. It will always increase a horse's Risk - significantly so with 2 year olds. It will also slightly decrease a horse’s Experience.
Alfalfa Cubes Alfalfa Cubes are a supplement that you can earn in Rumpled Packages given out by the Rusty Recycler. It will increase Energy by 30%. In addition, Alfalfa Cubes will increase Condition and Maturity.
Get Fit Get Fit is a supplement that can be purchased from the Feed Mill. Feeding it to a horse will improve their Condition by 10%–20%.
Blazing Horseshoes Blazing Horseshoes can be crafted in the Workshop after you collect enough horseshoes and firecrackers. These can be used from your Inventory and will instantly increase a horse's Energy by 70% and will also increase a horse's Condition. In addition, if a horse has Low Athleticism, they will raise permanently it to Moderate.
Frozen Horseshoes Frozen Horseshoes can be crafted in the Workshop after you collect enough horseshoes and icicles. These can be used from your Inventory and will instantly raise your horse's Condition to 70%. In addition, they will prevent a horse's Condition from ever dropping below 70% again. These are especially useful for older racing or breeding horses.
Sugar Cubes Sugar Cubes can be crafted in the Workshop after collecting enough of the Sweets & Treats items. Once crafted, you can use it from your Inventory. They will prevent the horse from losing Energy in their next 3 races. This effect persists even when racing outside of home region. Sugar Cubes do not prevent Energy loss from training.
Bundle of TLC A Bundle of TLC can be crafted in the Workshop using a variety of collectible items. It will improve a horse's rested gains (or decrease their losses) for a period of 6 months. Among other benefits, it will increase Energy and Condition.
Bucket of Love A Bucket of Love can be crafted in the Workshop using Valentine's Candy collectibles. This will instantly set a mare's Pregnancy Risk to 0% and will ensure she retains 0% Pregnancy Risk throughout all future pregnancies. It will also prevent her from ever going barren. While this does not directly improve Condition or Energy, it can be very useful for older mares who are struggling to maintain high enough Condition and/or Energy to reduce Pregnancy Risk.

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Alex (#165)
06/24/22 12:09 am
Some of the Goldblood mares in the Select Sale Auction were consigned incorrectly. They have now been fixed and may be bid on again!
Issa (#1)
06/12/22 9:06 pm
Per community feedback, some updates have been made to the YA. See recent news post or Consign page for more information. Yearlings may also eat Alfalfa Cubes now.
Issa (#1)
06/12/22 6:15 pm
Suggested Grade has been updated to reflect recent PRs when a horse has finished races within the current year. This will make it a more accurate representation of what grade a horse should perform best in.
Issa (#1)
06/09/22 1:46 pm
You may now purchase up to 200 partnerships in yearlings each year. This is an increase from the former limit of 60.
Issa (#1)
06/06/22 8:28 pm
Racing horses 9 and older have been returned from pasture in case you'd like to race them this year with maximum racing age changes. If you want to keep them on pasture, just click the button to pasture them again.
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06/06/22 6:06 pm
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06/03/22 1:52 pm
The Golden Apple Orchard now offers Heir's Crowns.
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06/02/22 8:59 pm
Retired mares are now eligible to pension for free. This is being offered on a trial basis through at least the end of the Y50 breeding season.
Issa (#1)
06/02/22 7:39 pm
Beginning in Y50, the maximum racing age will be reduced to 10. Horses 11 years and older will be ineligible to enter races and automatically retired from racing.
Issa (#1)
05/27/22 12:18 pm
The color scale for Rest and Morale has been adjusted to include a blue indicator for the most ideal range, making it easier for those who can't see exact % to manage racing and training.
Issa (#1)
05/20/22 7:28 pm
The June Board Game Arena tournament is open for registration! Information can be found on Discord and the forum.
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05/02/22 11:53 am
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05/02/22 11:47 am
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04/30/22 12:22 pm
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04/26/22 10:59 am
Registration is now open for May Board Game Arena tournaments. Registration information can be found in #tournament-info on Discord.
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04/21/22 2:09 pm
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04/18/22 4:58 pm
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04/18/22 4:40 pm
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04/18/22 3:43 pm
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04/18/22 10:44 am
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Issa (#1)
04/18/22 10:36 am
Training is now available for all horses.
Issa (#1)
04/17/22 6:14 pm
Distances and home tracks may now be assigned to Goldbloods.
Issa (#1)
04/17/22 4:39 pm
The Spring Fling Pro Shop sale has started! For every 3 PC purchased, earn 1 free! There's also a variety of fun and rare items stocked in the Pro Shop.
Issa (#1)
04/17/22 3:36 pm
Training Assistant and Jockey purse fees have been updated and can be viewed on their respective pages. You may also begin to hire assistants at Endurance tracks.
Flash (#2)
04/16/22 6:08 pm
Training will be temporarily unavailable at the start of January. Steeplechase transition for Goldbloods will also be inaccessible.
Issa (#1)
04/10/22 2:09 pm
Gelding buddies from the HT are temporarily available at reduced prices. Prices will return to normal in March Y49.
Issa (#1)
04/09/22 5:44 pm
All race preferences will now be reset when a horse is sold, leased, auctioned, or claimed.
Issa (#1)
04/09/22 5:15 pm
Driving Trials do not factor in Colt Composure or Filly Power. This applies to all current and future DT-related races.
Issa (#1)
04/09/22 3:05 pm
Groundwork for racers and Long Gallops have been improved with added benefits. More details will be in an upcoming news post as these changes may impact how you start 2 year olds in January.
Issa (#1)
04/09/22 12:41 pm
Gold Loot Crates have been reimbursed with Crystal Chalices and Green Loot Crates have been reimbursed with Classic Surprise Boxes. Apologies this update has been much delayed!
Waylon (#1593)
04/08/22 7:51 pm
The SS Yearling Raffle will begin at 8:30pm FFH time on Discord!
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04/07/22 11:20 pm
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04/07/22 9:08 pm
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Issa (#1)
03/31/22 11:07 am
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03/19/22 11:15 am
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03/13/22 12:02 pm
The Y48 Yearling Sales are open for consignment!
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03/12/22 4:14 pm
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Issa (#1)
03/12/22 4:04 pm
Beginning in Y49, Goldbloods will no longer be sharing races with Thoroughbreds. More details on what's coming for the breed will be announced closer to that time.
Issa (#1)
03/12/22 2:10 pm
Retired Quarter Horses, Paint Horses and Standardbreds no longer suffer from extra Condition loss until they are 20 years or older.
Maeve (#1539)
03/10/22 6:46 pm
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02/28/22 11:00 pm
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02/25/22 10:36 pm
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Issa (#1)
02/19/22 12:31 pm
Roses are red, violets are blue... The lovely and talented Raz (#1016) has made a new background for you! This may be a few days late, but you can still dress your horse up for an important date! Single and infinite Heart Bouquet backgrounds are currently available in the Pro Shop.
Issa (#1)
01/29/22 1:16 pm
As a reminder, you should not be reloading other players' 2 year olds. If they aren't reloaded yet, it's probably because the owner hasn't looked at them yet - don't ruin their surprise.
Issa (#1)
01/25/22 7:43 pm
Stud Services now has a breakdown of mares due in the current year and mares already covered for the upcoming year to make it easier to keep track of foal slots. Players can no longer accept breeding requests if total foals + mares in foal would exceed a stallion's foal limit.
Issa (#1)
01/25/22 7:41 pm
Spring now has a daily limit of 10 plays for monetary rewards (rather than $100,000). You may continue to play additional games to earn blackout raffle tickets.
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01/24/22 11:06 pm
The Trophy Hall revamp is live! You can view it from your Stable profile page.
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01/24/22 1:45 pm
Due to a bug with Blood Type inheritance, some unretired horses may have a rerolled from their sire's BT to their dam's BT.
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01/23/22 7:14 pm
The February Be My Palentine Board Game Arena tournament is open for registration! Information can be found in #board-game-arena on Discord.
Issa (#1)
01/22/22 5:16 pm
Training will be temporarily unavailable after tonight's rollover into the new year.