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Breeding Basics

Breeding
Breeding Skill
Players must have unlocked the breeding skill through the Skills page! If you have not unlocked this skill yet you will be unable to breed. You must unlock all ten training skills before you can unlock any breeding skills!
Breeding Season
The breeding season takes place from February-June. Mares will remain pregnant for 11 months. The foaling season takes place from January-May. So if a mare was bred in February she'll foal in January of the following year.

Your mare can have her first vet-check in the month following her original cover. The results of this checkup will tell if the mare is in foal or if she didn't take. If she didn't, and breeding season is still going on, she can be re-bred. She will need to be shipped again to the stud for a re-cover which can be done via the Mare Services page, found under the Breeding tab. This will not cost you another breeding pass nor stud fee cover!

After the initial checkup, all mares will need to go to the vet one more time for a final checkup, which happens 5 months after the original breeding. This makes sure the mare is still in foal. The results of this checkup will also tell you if the mare has miscarried her foal. If she has, she cannot be re-bred this year but may breed again the next year.
Breeding Passes
In order to breed your mare(s) you have to have breeding passes. You can obtain passes through racing your horses, turning in apples at the golden apple orchard, farm plots, purchasing them directly from other player, and by entering the daily breeding pass raffle! This ensures that the site population is held in check. If you do not have a breeding pass your mare will not be covered!

MII mares do not require breeding passes to be covered! More information on MII mares can be found on the MII page.
Requesting
Once you have found a stallion that matches well with your mare you can request a cover. You do this by navigating to the stallion's breeding info page and selecting the Request button. Only one request on a mare can go out at a time and then it is up to the stud owner to accept or deny the request. Most stud owners don't begin accepting/denying mares until February so you should not expect to see a response to your requests until at least February. If March rolls around and you have not heard back within a week, it would not hurt to politely ask the stud owner if they've perhaps forgotten to check your request.

Eventually, you will get a response (hopefully sooner rather than later). Your mare might be accepted into her first choice stallion - awesome! However, you should expect to see some mares denied their first choice stallion. This happens. To everyone. Every year. You can never completely avoid it, no matter how carefully you match a mare. In most cases, being denied is not a reflection on you or your mare/match, but a limit on how many mares a stud can reasonably cover in a year. (Most stallions cover only 5-8 mares a year and some may receive up to 50+ requests!)

Do not take it personally if you’re denied. Go back to that list you made (you did make one, didn’t you?) and send a request to one of the other backup stallions you found for her.

There are some cases in which mares are denied for unreasonable expectations. If your mare was denied because of not being an exact blood type match, one or two bad Stat gene crosses, having less than perfect Surface crosses, or for something that was completely beyond your control, make note of it. There’s no sense wasting your time sending your mares to someone that is going to deny them, repeatedly, for something superficial. It’s also worth noting that there’s a big difference between “He had a lot of mares and ultimately I had to go with those with better Heritage/Stat genes” from a full stallion (completely reasonable) and seeing “I don’t like the FxG in Early Speed and Acceleration” or “I only accept exact blood type” from a stallion who isn’t full (unreasonable).
Shipping
When your mare has been accepted by the stud owner and she’s open to be covered you can click on the truck icon to ship her to the stud owner. This is found on the Mare Services page under Breeding. If she foaled that month, you will have to wait until the following month to ship her. If you are breeding in house with one of your own studs, you will still be required to "ship" your mare and then visit the Breeding Center yourself to cover her.
Stud Fee Costs
Some stud fees may be intimidating but there are lots of options to choose from! One stallion may be cheaper and produce better than a stud standing at a higher fee. Certain breeders will also give incentives and cut costs for their stallion services. If you do not have enough cash or PC to pay for the cover upon shipping your mare, the stud owner will be unable to cover her, so it is wise to check your bank balance first!

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Issa (#1)
10/18/19 11:02 am
If anyone has met the Copper Cog purchase requirement to access the special Discord channel and has not yet been given access to the channel, please message me on Discord to have your 'Cogsworn' status updated. I may have missed a few of you in the flurry of the past few weeks.
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09/21/19 11:01 am
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Issa (#1)
09/18/19 10:37 am
Rusty Recycler can now be fed every 15 minutes! For now, this change comes with no changes to how fast your meter fills or how often you receive Rumpled Packages. We hope this makes it easier for less active players to earn shiny rewards from Rusty. <3
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09/16/19 2:42 pm
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09/15/19 10:57 pm
Gelding now has an additional incentive! You will receive a monetary reward any time you geld a horse, provided he is not pensioned and, if retired, has at least 5 foal slots remaining, although their bonus will be reduced if they have less than 10 slots remaining. Gelding also rewards an additional $2,000,000 bonus to their base reward for each Select Sale parent.
Issa (#1)
09/13/19 4:38 pm
Blood Types can now be verified via progeny if they have a tested foal who is a different type from their other (tested) parent. If this is possible for your horse, you'll see a 'Verify' button on their Genetics page. As it is now possible to 'test' (verify) nearly infinite numbers of horses based on one or two purchased tests, the price for exact type testing has increased.
Issa (#1)
09/11/19 11:45 am
The Gelding Advisor has been booed out of town. Genotype Search and Quick Match results now show MII acceptance status icons.
Issa (#1)
09/10/19 4:39 pm
Male Probability and Female Influence are now permanently hidden genes. As far as you're concerned, it's probably easiest to pretend they don't exist.
Issa (#1)
09/06/19 10:42 am
One lonely mare was not picked up from the Select Sale. She has been placed back up for auction in hopes of finding a forever home. Bidding will be open for at least 24 hours. You are welcome to bid even if you purchased your limit from the sale already.
Issa (#1)
09/05/19 10:22 am
Peer Comparisons now assess each horse only against other horses of their respective breed group. You'll need to click the 'Update' button to see any changes in your horses' ratings.
Issa (#1)
09/05/19 12:19 am
Item gifting has moved to user profiles.
Issa (#1)
09/03/19 7:24 pm
Extreme Mare Makeover broodmares can now be purchased from the Horse Trader. These will be part of an ongoing 'contest' (reward info to come) as well as offering an opportunity to buy guaranteed MII mares.
Issa (#1)
09/01/19 5:25 pm
Stallions who earned less than 50 racing points before retiring may not breed. Goldbloods may only breed with other Goldbloods. Impure horses may no longer be bred.
Issa (#1)
08/31/19 9:55 am
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Issa (#1)
08/26/19 7:20 pm
The Genotype Search revamp is complete and it is now reopen to the public! Give it a whirl and let us know if you spot any errors.
Issa (#1)
08/26/19 11:59 am
The end of December has been extended to Sunday. Unfortunately there is just not enough time to get the coding done that needs to be done this week and we also want to be sure it rolls over on a day Flash is off work just in case. Because yearly rollover is always 100% angelic and never, ever throws a fit.
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08/25/19 2:53 pm
The Stallion Select Sale will begin in less than 10 minutes in Discord!
Issa (#1)
08/21/19 2:05 pm
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