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Maturity

Maturity
Intro to Maturity
Maturity is a trait directly impacted by a horse's Development gene. In a nutshell, it is a measure of how physically mature a horse is - or how prepared their body is to handle the stress of training and racing. Unlike Peak, which is a measure of a horse's mental development that impacts Performance Ratings but not injury chances, low Maturity can be a leading cause of injury risk, so it should be managed carefully.
Impacts on Training
Training a horse with low Maturity will raise their Risk. If a horse has less than 25% Maturity, you should avoid doing anything other than Groundwork.* If a horse has more than 25% but less than 40% Maturity, you should stick to training such as Track and Trail Ride and Long Gallops.

*Note: It's commonly recommended to push a horse into training regardless of their Maturity. While it can raise their Risk, causing injuries down the road, if you wait until a slow-developing horse is mature you may be losing out on valuable years of training and/or racing. This is especially important to consider if your horse peaks young and does not have a lot of Prime. Whether or not you are comfortable with this risk is up to you, and may be something you'll want to hold off on until you understand the game better.
Impacts on Racing
As with training, racing a horse with low Maturity will increase their Risk and also makes them more likely to suffer injuries. As a general guideline, you should avoid racing a horse until it is at least 60% mature. At that point, their Performance Rating may still suffer (minimally) but their injury risk will be greatly reduced. It should be noted that racing a little below 60% is not the end of the world-horses are not at considerable risk unless their Maturity is significantly lower.
Improving Maturity
While how fast a horse matures is based on the development gene, there are certain ways to improve a horse’s maturity faster than would be expected given the horse’s development gene. One is yearling buddies, which improve a yearling’s maturity when assigned to them (with greater effect if the buddy has the Body Builder trait). Another is if a horse is placed in pasture which improves maturity for yearlings and for horses in training. There are also feeds, supplements, and items to improve a horse’s maturity which are explained further below.
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 Maturity. There are a couple options you can use to give your horse a little boost!
Bloom Bloom is a type of standard feed you can purchase from the Feed Mill. Feeding Bloom to a horse will raise their Maturity by a few percent, at the expense of raising their Risk. This is typically used on yearlings or 2 year olds who have Fair or Poor Development - meaning they otherwise won't physically mature in time to begin training as soon as you'd like.
Alfalfa Cubes Alfalfa Cubes are a supplement you can receive from Rumpled Packages, which are randomly given out by the Rusty Recycler. Alfalfa Cubes will increase Maturity by 10-20%. They will also improve Condition and Energy. Alfalfa Cubes can only be fed to horses 4 years old or older, so it will prove most useful for older horses that are slow to mature. It has the added benefit of also allowing you to do one or two more trainings with a horse while improving its maturity.
Blossom Tea Blossom Tea is an item you can craft in the Workshop. It can be given to a horse to instantly raise their Maturity up to an acceptable level for training and racing (minimum of 60%). Blossom Tea can only be used on horses aged 3 or older.

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Issa (#1)
Today at 4:03 pm
2 year olds of all breeds will have G2 races this year. These will begin in June.
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Yesterday at 6:47 pm
Racing Quick View has received a makeover!
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Transitioning horses to Marathon or Driving Trials now has the same Maturity requirement as Steeplechase.
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Private Sales are now functional again.
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10/05/21 6:47 pm
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10/05/21 1:38 pm
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10/03/21 8:34 pm
Stud Packages may now be purchased from the Genetics page of colts/stallions. This bundle will reveal: Stat Genes, Heritage, Peak, Prime, and Athleticism. Prices are based upon rank. If you already have stablewides, this does not concern you - it is just a way for players to invest in promising individuals without purchasing stablewides.
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09/26/21 2:39 pm
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09/26/21 12:16 pm
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09/26/21 12:13 pm
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09/24/21 4:06 pm
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09/23/21 3:54 pm
Rest did not get added at the start of August. It has now been added to all horses.
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09/23/21 11:15 am
Scavenger Hunt hint: #26 can be found somewhere within the Genetics section of the Handbook.
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09/20/21 9:47 pm
The yearling auction is open for consignment. Consignments will close (and bidding will open) at the start of September.
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09/16/21 12:23 pm
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09/15/21 10:00 pm
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09/15/21 1:49 pm
A couple bugs with Maintenance stat gains have been fixed. Horses will now gain stats from Maintenance at the appropriate rate and stats improved will be listed in the successful training notification.
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09/13/21 4:11 pm
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09/10/21 1:08 pm
3 year olds now have a chance to improve in stats when racing.
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09/09/21 8:27 pm
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09/07/21 5:17 pm
Let the scavenger hunt begin! 30 items are hidden around FFH and it's your job to find them. Keep a list of what items you found (in numerical order) and send it to a moderator (on Discord or FFH) when you're done. Turn in all 30 for 1 bonus raffle ticket + another surprise! Give up early? Turn in 20 for 1 bonus raffle ticket.

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09/06/21 12:24 pm
PayPal continues to have problems with 90% of PC purchases so automation has been turned off until we can figure out what's wrong. All PC purchased will be sent to you within 24 hours of payment. There's no need to message me unless it hasn't arrived within 24 hours. I'll post another update whenever we get automated PC deposits working again. Thanks for your patience!
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08/31/21 3:32 pm
More 2 year old races have been added for TB/GB and QH/PH for May A. We'll also have an expanded card for May B.
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08/31/21 2:32 pm
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Issa (#1)
08/30/21 4:03 pm
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08/30/21 1:58 pm
Prizes for reaching higher ranks have been updated. You can see the new prize lists on this page. Everyone has also been awarded any new prizes available for their current rank.
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08/30/21 12:03 pm
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Issa (#1)
08/30/21 12:01 pm
2 year olds will now receive their Travel affinity advancement bonus if they ran at least 4 races. (3 year olds still require 10 total.)
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08/30/21 11:05 am
Energy has been reset to 100% and Condition to a minimum of 80%.
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08/28/21 1:09 pm
Prices for all standard feeds, excluding Gleam, have been reduced. This includes pallet prices.
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08/28/21 11:46 am
The extra fee for multiple entries in color shows has been reduced from $20,000 (per entry) to $10,000 (per entry).
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08/26/21 12:31 pm
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We hosting a mega board game tournament for the month of September! There are several categories to pick from, ranging from quick and silly to more complex, so don't be shy about joining us even if you're not an experienced gamer. You can find all the exciting details in this document. Hope to see you there!
Issa (#1)
08/26/21 3:30 am
Basic Wraps now have 10 uses. All existing Basic Wraps, including those equipped to horses, have been boosted to 10 uses remaining.
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08/25/21 6:44 pm
Waystone now improves travel affinity by one level.
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08/24/21 9:51 pm
Horses who score 98%+ in color shows will receive 2 bonus points. These points have been retroactively awarded for all Y46 shows.
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08/24/21 9:43 pm
The annual community survey is now available! This is a pretty thorough survey, so please allow a little time to complete. You may complete the survey anonymously, but we'll be sending a small token of appreciation to all who opt to include their name/ID.
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08/24/21 3:08 am
Savings interest will be removed after April A. Please make sure to claim your last available interest this meet.
Issa (#1)
08/21/21 12:58 pm
All broodmares are eligible for special trade-in at the Golden Apple Orchard. You will receive no rewards for using this limited-time option, so if a mare is eligible in the normal trade-in use it instead.
Issa (#1)
08/21/21 12:57 pm
A bug was fixed where yearlings were gaining Morale from Grooming. (Yearlings do not gain Morale from training.)
Issa (#1)
08/20/21 6:41 pm
Broodmares not bred will lose Fertility in July. (In foal and covered mares count as 'bred'.) Mares who cannot be bred due to injury are exempt.
Issa (#1)
08/16/21 1:53 pm
Color shows now award Breeding Passes. These are currently awarded at the same rate as Breeding Passes for race starts, but may be adjusted in the future. Breeding Passes have been retroactively awarded for all Y46 shows.
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08/16/21 11:37 am
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08/11/21 1:44 pm
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08/08/21 3:09 pm
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08/08/21 12:43 pm
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08/05/21 2:55 pm
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08/04/21 8:48 pm
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