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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, 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.

The amount of starts it takes to earn breeding passes depends on rank.
Green: 100 starts
Novice: 80 starts
Amateur: 60 starts
Savvy: 50 starts
Master: 40 starts
Diamond: 35 starts
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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10/24/20 12:33 pm
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10/24/20 11:34 am
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10/23/20 4:13 pm
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10/23/20 2:03 pm
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10/23/20 12:18 pm
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10/22/20 12:58 pm
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10/21/20 9:22 pm
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10/01/20 5:43 pm
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10/01/20 5:29 pm
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