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|How to Buddy Work|
|Upon retirement, geldings can be used as workout buddies for doing Buddy Workouts. When you have aquired the skill to buddy work and when you have a retired gelding, you will be able to buddy work from your horse's Exercise page. Below the regular training, there will be a section to do Buddy Workouts. Just like racing, you can choose both your horse's and your buddy's running style. You also choose a gelding to use as a buddy and lastly, you choose a distance and surface for your horses to do a workout on. When you have successfully done a workout, your horse and your buddy will both be given a score. When buddy working you want to choose a gelding that pairs well with your horse - you want their scores to not differ by more than 10. (2 yo's being the exception - their score can be within 20.) If your buddy scores much higher than your horse, it may be discouraged by being left in the dust and your horse can lose morale and prime and gain risk. If your horse is much faster than your buddy, it might find it a little bit too easy and it can lose consistency and risk. This can be a beneficial thing if you are trying to lower your horse's risk - just remember it might make your horse lose other consistency too! Don't be scared of trying buddy workouts - the first workout only reveals your horse's score and will not have any negative nor positive consequence. This is really useful since it will help you choose a buddy in the future! Geldings can continue to be workout buddies until they turn 16 years old after which point they may only be used as yearling buddies. Buddy Workout scores will be cut in half when they turn 12. Geldings can also potentially have specific traits which make them even more useful for workouts and yearling buddies. (See 'Gelding Advancement')|
|Benefits to Buddy Workouts|
|These workouts have many benefits, so having workout buddies available is a great asset! Buddy Workouts can and might improve Morale, Consistency, Courage, Prime, Rest, Experience, increase unmaxed Stats, improve Peak up to 75% if the horse has a Peak jockey assigned, and raise Max Stats if the buddy and the horse scores the same!|
|Buddies younger than 20 can be transitioned to yearling buddies and assigned to a maximum of three yearlings. All yearlings who have buddies assigned to them will see a few benefits upon monthly rollover, including a chance to improve Courage and Consistency, increased Morale, increased Peak, increased Maturity, and decreased Risk. However, once a buddy has been transitioned to a buddy yearling they can never be used to perform buddy workouts again.|
Colts and Geldings both earn Advancement points as they race. The amount they earn is based off the PRs that they perform in races. A meter on the Manage page tracks how many Advancement points a colt/gelding has earned over the course of their lifetime.
To be eligible to use Advancement points, a horse must be gelded (even though colts earn points too), must have filled the Advancement meter to at least 50%, and must be younger than 11 (otherwise they won’t be eligible to pick a trait). You can also only choose a trait when the horse is retired. If the horse meets all of these criteria, there will be an option on the manage page to choose a trait based on certain genes of the gelding and the percentage of Advancement points the horse has earned.
Note, however, that any stallion who is used for breeding will lose Advancement based upon the number of mares he covers. This doesn’t make it impossible to assign a trait to a gelding that had once been used for breeding purposes, but it may limit your choices.
Tier I traits are an option if a horse has filled at least 50% of the Advancement meter. These include:
Kind Eye: Buddies with this trait help yearlings and racers improve Morale. Only available if gelding has Excellent+ Temperament.
Body Builder: Will further improve a yearling’s Maturity when assigned to one. Only has this effect on yearlings. Only available if the gelding has Excellent+ Development.
Bromantic: A buddy with this trait will help horses build Courage and Consistency. This includes helping racers improve their current Courage/Consistency and yearlings improve their maximum Courage/Consistency.
Tier II traits become available when the Advancement meter has been filled to at least 75%. These include:
Fierce Competitor: Buddies with this trait further improve the Experience gained during buddy workouts. Only applies to workouts.
Patient Pal: Buddies with this trait help yearlings and racers improve Peak.
Steady Eddy: Buddies with this trait help racers improve Soundness during workouts. Applies to workouts only. Buddy must have excellent+ Conformation.
Tier III traits are only available if a horse has completely filled the Advancement meter (100%). These are:
Career Coach: Buddies with this trait help racers and yearlings improve Prime.
Jumps for Joy: Buddies with this trait will help SC horses gain bonus Experience. For workouts only. Buddy must have competed in SC to be eligible for this.
Mirror: A buddy with this trait will always run within 5 points of his buddy's workout score. Only applies to workouts. Gelding must have Excellent+ Intelligence.
Silver Senior: A buddy who has this trait won't have a decreased workout score after turning 12. Only applies to workouts. Gelding must have Excellent+ Health.
Trialed and Triumphed: A buddy with this trait will help your transitioned horses gain bonus Experience. Buddy workouts ONLY. Standardbreeds (STB) ONLY. Gelding must have competed in Driving Trials.
Unflurried: A buddy with this trait will help yearlings improve their Colt Composure and Filly Power. Yearlings ONLY.