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Marking Genes

Basic White Markings
Basic White Markings consist of your normal face and leg markings that can be found in Horse Trader Horses, Created Goldbloods, and most user-bred horses. These white markings are inherited like any other marking, although they do not have a specific gene on the genetics page. Your horse can only have basic white markings if their parents also have basic white markings, which may be covered by other markings such as paint markings or special face markings found below.
Paint Marking Genes
Sabino This gene is responsible for the sabino paint pattern. Sabino markings are usually lace-like with a softer, speckled appearance. This marking is dominant, so it shows whether it is homozygous or heterozygous. It is dominant over Overo and Tobiano markings. There are 20 regular sabino patterns and 5 modifier versions (M1) which come from Glistening Snowballs. A horse with a modified sabino gene is called a Snowball.
Overo Overo markings can take a variety of patterns from frame (body) markings to splash/minimal (legs/face) markings. These are usually rougher edged than Sabino markings. This is dominant, so will show whether homozygous or heterozygous. Sabino will override this marking! Overo will override Tobiano. In addition, FFH does NOT have a lethal white overo trait. There are 20 regular overo patterns and 5 modifier versions (M1) which come from Spilled Paint. A horse with a modified overo gene is called a Splash.
Tobiano Tobiano markings tend to have soft, rounded edges. They are heavier across the barrel of the horse and usually cross the back. It is not uncommon for tobiano horses to have solid or minimally marked legs and/or faces. This is dominant, so will show whether homozygous or heterozygous. Both Sabino and Overo will override this marking! There are 20 regular tobiano patterns and 5 modifier (M1) patterns which come from Rusty Figurine. A horse with a modified tobiano gene is called a Scrappy.
Tovero Tovero is a mix of Tobiano and Overo colorations. Tovero will always show up on horses with homozygous Tobiano and Overo and may also show up on horses that are heterozygous (or higher) for both markings.
Appaloosa Marking Genes
Appaloosa The Appaloosa gene on FFH works the same as the Leopard gene in real life. This gene determines the type of pattern an Appaloosa horse shows. Horses with a heterozygous gene show a spotty marking while horses with a homozygous gene show solid markings. Horses with recessive Appaloosa do not show any breed characteristics and are considered 'solid bred'.
Blanket Blanket modifier (M1) acts upon the Appaloosa gene the same as the PATN1 gene in real life. It determines the extent of body covered by white pattern. Horses with homozygous Blanket may be nearly solid white while horses with heterozygous may only show a a little white, usually limited to their hindquarters. Horses with recessive Blanket show varnish roan characteristics.
Mottling The Mottling gene determines how much mottling a horse shows. Horses with a Low gene show minimal mottling, determined by their marking, while horses with Moderate or Strong genes will show much stronger mottling characteristics.
Hoof Stripes The Hoof Stripes gene determines how much hoof striping a horse shows. Horses with a Low gene show minimal striping while horses with Moderate or Strong genes will show much stronger striping characteristics.
Face Marking Genes
Masque Masque is a special type of face marking that comes in several variations. These markings are obtained using the Courtly Masque item. Recessive horses will never pass the gene, while horses who are heterozygous or homozygous will accordingly have a chance of displaying the marking.
Badger Badger is a special type of face marking based on the realistic badger face markings. It comes in 7 variations. These markings are obtained using the Badger Bait item. Recessive horses will never pass the gene, while horses who are heterozygous or homozygous will accordingly have a chance of displaying the marking.
Mosaic Mosaic is a special type of face marking that involves speckling and spots within the white marking. It comes in 7 variations. These markings are obtained using the Celestial Lantern item. Recessive horses will never pass the gene, while horses who are heterozygous or homozygous will accordingly have a chance of displaying the marking.
Mustache Mustache is a special type of face marking which creates white snips resembling a milk mustache. It can be added to a horse using the Santa's Snack item. Recessive horses will never pass the gene, while horses who are heterozygous or homozygous will accordingly have a chance of displaying the marking.
Common Marking Genes
Birdcatcher This gene gives horses white spots and speckles on their coat. It can vary from minimal spotting, to heavy spotting. This marking can be given using the Dreamcatcher item. This gene is semi-dominant. A horse who is homozygous will always show the marking, while a horse who is heterozygous only has a chance to show it.
Rabicano This gene causes roaning and flecking around the flank or barrel of the horse. It can be very minimal to fairly extreme. This marking can be given using the Pixie Powder item. This gene is semi-dominant. A horse who is homozygous will always show the marking, while a horse who is heterozygous only has a chance to show it.
BendOr This gene causes dark spots to appear on the horse. They can vary in size and are usually softer looking than the white Birdcatcher markings. This marking can be given using the Lump Of Coal item. This gene is semi-dominant. A horse who is homozygous will always show the marking, while a horse who is heterozygous only has a chance to show it.
Frosting Frosting is a marking that adds white streaks or highlights in a horse's mane and tail, often referred to as "frosting". It can be added to a horse by using the Frost In item. A horse who is homozygous will always show the marking, while a horse who is heterozygous only has a chance to show it.
Silly Stocking Silly Stocking is a marking that allows you to have higher "socks" on a horse's leg markings. It can be added to a horse by using the Silly Stocking item. Horses who have this marking have a chance to pass it on and also have a higher chance of passing on more white leg markings in general. (Including normal stockings, half stockings, and tall socks.)
Blue Eyes This gene causes varied eye shades on horses. The two most common colors are shades of blue, but less commonly it can create hazel and violet eyes. It is not related to the blue eyes caused by some paint patterns. It can be added to a horse by using the Skyscope item. A horse who is homozygous will always show the marking, while a horse who is heterozygous only has a chance to show it.
Rare Marking Genes
Brindle This gene causes white striping (brindling) to appear on the body of the horse. It can vary in intensity from subtle to quite homozygous. It can be added to a horse by using the Candy Cane item. This gene is recessive. It will ONLY show when a horse is homozygous, but heterozygous horses can pass it to their offspring.
Streak This gene causes striping to appear on the body of the horse. It is very similar to brindle but in a darker color. It can vary in intensity from subtle to quite homozygous. It can be added to a horse by using the Sketching Stix item. This gene is recessive. It will ONLY show when a horse is homozygous, but heterozygous horses can pass it to their offspring.
Lace This gene causes white cobwebbing, also known as lace, to appear on the back or body of the horse. It can vary from faint white lacy marks across the dorsal zone to bolder white marks that resemble reverse dappling. It can be added to a horse by using the Amore Charm item. This gene is recessive. It will ONLY show when a horse is homozygous, but heterozygous horses can pass it to their offspring.
Pangare This is a marking that will show up on most colors excluding double dilute Cream, Black, Blue Roan, and Silver variants of either of those. There are 8 unique Pangare markings, including four strengths (minimal, moderate, strong, extreme) and two different colorations (light and dark) of each strength.

It can be added using the Primordial Relic item. This gene is semi-dominant. A horse who is homozygous will always show the marking, while a horse who is heterozygous only has a chance to show it.
Sooty This gene gives a dark dappled shading appearance to any horse. It can be added to a horse by using the Mud Bath item. This gene is semi-dominant. A horse who is homozygous will always show the marking, while a horse who is heterozygous only has a chance to show it.
Aurora Aurora is a marking that adds a light pearly, iridescent, sheen to most of a horse's coat. Horses only show the marking if they carry a homozygous gene.
Abyss Abyss is a marking that adds a dark inky, iridescent, sheen to most of a horse's coat. Horses only show the marking if they carry a homozygous gene.
Gold Marking Genes
Glosting This is a special modifier (M1) of the Frosting gene and adds golden streaks or highlights to a horses mane and tail. It can be added to a horse by using the Gold In item.
Gold Dust Gold Dust is a marking that can be given to a horse with the Gold Dust item. Depending on the marking chosen, it can add a golden sheen or golden spots to a horse.

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Yesterday at 1:14 pm
Forever Pro Traits are now publicly visible on horses whose owners have Forever Pro. This should be helpful when troubleshooting race performance.
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04/07/24 8:40 pm
A racing workshop is starting now in Discord!
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03/31/24 10:47 am
The Y56 Yearling Sales are now open for consignment. Yearlings may be consigned through the beginning of September when the auctions open for bidding.
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03/22/24 2:21 pm
Alfalfa Cubes will no longer raise Maturity of 2yos who are already at least 60% or 3yos who are already at least 80% mature.
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03/22/24 12:41 pm
Bundle of TLC can no longer be used on horses under age 3. Alfalfa Cubes can no longer be fed to yearlings.
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03/22/24 11:28 am
The amount of Risk gained when feeding Hype now varies based upon a horse's current Energy. Horses with higher Energy gain less Risk.
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03/02/24 9:11 pm
Spring season Board Game Arena tournaments begin March 5th! Visit #🎲board-game-arena in Discord for more information.
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02/24/24 10:46 am
Reminder: It's the last day for open dispersal at the GAO!
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02/15/24 5:42 pm
All horses need to be retested for Genetic Merit. There are no changes to the award, but some horses lost their GM/GD and retesting ensures they all have the awards they should.
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02/11/24 2:05 pm
February will be 2 weeks, with rollover happening on Sunday, February 25h.
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02/10/24 5:07 pm
Although Appendix stock horses cannot enter flat series races, they are eligible for contesting series races.
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02/10/24 1:38 pm
Sparks of Joy, Grooming jobs and Sanctum of Gold all now award player experience.
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02/10/24 12:54 pm
A new Yearling Quick View has been added. It shows Morale, Maturity, Risk and indicates if a horse has Genetic Ratings purchased (as required for YA). Additionally, yearlings now show Forever Pro Traits in their Trait & Stat Panel so that you can more easily manage Risk.
Issa (#1)
02/07/24 10:56 am
Stallions with tested Above Average or Legendary Producer Quality can no longer grade F. If you have one who is currently F, his grade will adjust if inspected again.
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02/06/24 8:20 pm
Would like to earn a free Appaloosa stallion? Complete this form to claim your tickets for the upcoming raffle! Tickets must be claimed by Sunday, February 11th at 11:00am.
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02/06/24 11:41 am
If you used a Cupid's Arrow for Y56 foals and all of your mares do not show the green 'Guaranteed' + icon in Mare Services, please contact me on FFH or Discord so that your mares can be fixed before they foal.
Issa (#1)
01/28/24 10:25 pm
Reminder: The January Pro Shop sale ends at the end of the month. Prices of several items and upgrades will be adjusted at the beginning of February, as explained in this news post.
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01/28/24 10:23 pm
Horse care has been enabled again. You can resume feeding and training horses.
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01/26/24 6:32 pm
Horses who have used either Family Jewels or Mythos Scepter now show a magic wand icon under Producer Quality (even if not visible) to indicate that their PQ is not what they were naturally born with.
Issa (#1)
01/26/24 6:31 pm
Mythos Scepter has been revamped and is now an item you can use to change either Colt or Filly PQ of retired horses. More information can be found in the item's description and notes.
Issa (#1)
01/26/24 1:07 pm
The Appaloosa raffle will be held at 9:00pm tonight. You do not need to be present to win. Since the raffle is happening pretty late, ticket sales will remain open through 6:00pm.
Issa (#1)
01/26/24 1:06 pm
Mare grade inspections have reopened. There is a now a fee for grade testing mares, as listed on the inspection page. Mares do not need to be tested to be eligible to breed. The only other adjustment to mare grading is the removal of surface from the grading formula.
Issa (#1)
01/23/24 11:26 am
Don't forget it's the last week to purchase yearling partnerships for Y55!
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01/22/24 11:52 am
Open dispersal of racers and broodmares at the Golden Apple Orchard will close at the end of February Y56.
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01/19/24 11:49 am
Ultra Wraps are now marked with a blue checkmark in Racing Quick View to easily find horses who are wearing them.
Issa (#1)
01/06/24 7:12 pm
Tournaround Medallion may be used on any breed to improve their transition genes. Additionally, it now improves a horse's Endurance/Lead Change gene by one level. Before you rush out and buy some - note that it will be part of the upcoming January Pro Shop specials!
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01/04/24 5:56 pm
Stallion Grade Testing has been reopened. Surface has been removed from the grade formula since it no longer impacts foal Potential.
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01/03/24 6:21 pm
Dance of the Dunes will have a new open division for all races this year, in addition to the usual colt/gelding and filly divisions.
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12/30/23 3:19 pm
Kickstarter is now available in the Golden Apple Orchard.
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12/27/23 4:58 pm
Initiate's Quest is no longer open to Amateur players and is now limited to only Green and Novice.
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12/23/23 12:56 pm
100yd races for 4yo+ have been added to the Midsummer Revelry series.
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12/18/23 4:08 pm
The bug with miscarriages having a blank complication note on mare Breeding Info pages has been fixed. Additionally, complicates are now sorted with the most recent at top, much like progeny lists, BWs, and race history.
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12/17/23 9:27 am
Grade testing is closed until further notice.
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12/02/23 10:25 am
Today's the last day to participate in the Pro Shop Sale! (Possibly early tomorrow morning if you're in a different time zone.) Please also make sure you've voted in the polls for Colby's Crew and Old Friends. Colby's Crew has significantly less votes than Old Friends, so looks like some of you might have missed it in the news.
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12/01/23 11:49 am
The Year's End Calendar starts today! Don't forget to stop by the Vale of Runes to open the door each day in December.
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11/24/23 3:31 pm
Great news! We are able to sponsor a horse at Old Friends. Please vote in this poll to pick a horse.
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11/15/23 3:11 pm
If you won an Appy stallion in the raffle and do not have Stat Gene, Heritage, Peak/Prime stablewide upgrades, please PM or DM me a link to the stallion.
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11/14/23 6:19 pm
Answers to the Upgrade Raffle Challenge can be found here. Again, I'd highly recommend reading this even if you didn't participate as these questions address some incredibly important keys to racing success.
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11/14/23 10:40 am
Upgrade raffles will be running tonight at 5:00pm! You don't need to be present, but are welcome to hang out in Discord to celebrate with the winners.
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11/11/23 4:54 pm
Deadline for the upgrade raffles has been extended to Monday at 6:00pm. There's not many entries yet so be sure to get yours in!
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11/11/23 4:41 pm
Gene Reducers may now only be used on bred horses, not Horse Trader, Import, or Select Sale horses.
Issa (#1)
11/11/23 12:11 pm
Answers to the Stallion Raffle Challenge, as well as the most relevant Handbook links, can be found here. Highly recommend everyone check this out, even if you didn't participate, because this covers a lot of the most important information for successful breeding!
Issa (#1)
11/10/23 4:56 pm
An additional rule has been added for raffle stallions - they may not be Cloaked.
Issa (#1)
11/07/23 8:24 pm
Stallion raffle tickets must be claimed by Friday at 5:00pm. The raffle will be held Friday evening.
Issa (#1)
11/07/23 11:13 am
Juuuuust kidding! (About the previous post...) I just added 1 additional Liver Chestnut and 1 additional Flaxen Liver Chestnut. Enjoy!
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11/06/23 9:53 pm
We've added 7 new shades of Chestnut including 2 regular Chestnut, 2 Flaxen, 1 Liver, and 2 Flaxen Liver. All new shades can be viewed in the Horse Previewer.
Issa (#1)
11/05/23 5:09 pm
If you have an Appaloosa who is heterozygous or homozygous for Mottling, you may update their image to correctly show their mottling by reloading from their Image Gallery.
Issa (#1)
11/05/23 4:39 pm
The Appaloosa Select broodmare raffle will be held tomorrow, Monday, at 9:00pm FFH time. Tickets must be purchased by 7:00pm.
Issa (#1)
11/05/23 12:31 pm
February will be 2 weeks this year with races running on November 19th. This is not a permanent change, but one we feel is best in the circumstances of Y55.
Issa (#1)
11/04/23 12:36 pm
Midsummer Revelry now includes 500yd races for 3yo ONLY and 700yd races for 4yo+.
Issa (#1)
11/04/23 12:35 pm
Trials of Olympus now includes 7F races for 3yo ONLY.
Issa (#1)
11/03/23 10:24 am
The Appaloosa Select broodmare raffle is being postponed to either Sunday or Monday. Tickets may be purchased up through 1 hour before the time the raffle begins, which will be announced on Sunday.
Issa (#1)
11/01/23 1:42 pm
Question #22 in the Stallion Raffle Challenge has been updated for clarity.
Issa (#1)
11/01/23 10:49 am
Stallion Raffle Challenge update: If you are confused about what a question is asking for, you may contact me (DM or PM) for clarification before submitting.
Issa (#1)
10/28/23 6:04 pm
2yo and 3yo stallion raffle eligibility has been updated due to an error in the script - a few more are eligible for tickets that weren't showing before. Additionally, you must have raced at least 20 2yo, 20 3yo, and 30 4yo+ to be eligible for the category.
Issa (#1)
10/28/23 3:19 pm
Appaloosa broodmares are now available in the horse trader. Each player may purchase broodmares until they have 20+ total Appaloosa broodmares.
Issa (#1)
10/28/23 2:12 pm
A new account setting has been added to show your barn names as buttons rather than text. A new option in barn naming allows you to designate a barn as the start of a new line.
Issa (#1)
10/28/23 12:25 pm
Appaloosa color shows are now published for January.
Issa (#1)
10/28/23 11:28 am
Surf and Turf has been added to the Golden Apple Orchard and is also now a possible reward when harvesting farm plots.
Issa (#1)
10/27/23 10:31 pm
The "|" dividing barn names has been removed to allow you more customization and improved aesthetics when organizing barns. Barn name character limit has been increased to 30 characters.
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 3:59 pm
The Pampered grooming buff has been renamed to Radiant.
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 3:57 pm
Grooming (the training action) has been renamed to Pamper to avoid confusion with Grooming Centers.
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 3:56 pm
Beginning in February, players will be awarded 126 Grooming Center slots per month (increased from 84).
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 2:56 pm
Broodmare dispersal at the GAO is temporarily available again.
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 12:49 pm
Surface Genes no longer impact a foal's birth stats. Distance Genes have a less significant impact on a foal's birth stats than they previously had.
Issa (#1)
10/26/23 10:29 am
Mares must now have an updated grade test to submit breeding requests to outside stallions.
Issa (#1)
10/22/23 9:35 pm
Training and feeding have reopened.
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10/22/23 4:45 pm
The Y55 Training Sales are now open for consignments! Bidding will begin October 29th.
Issa (#1)
10/22/23 2:40 pm
Stock horses now maintain distance proficiency easier than other breeds.
Issa (#1)
10/22/23 2:27 pm
Goldbloods now maintain Coat Condition easier than other breeds.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 9:00 pm
Contesting arenas can no longer have muddy weather. Contesting races held at series facilities will not be impacted by mud, even if the main track is muddy.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 6:52 pm
Horses no longer have a chance to reveal genotype upon retirement. However, the chance to reveal transition genes is increased for horses who have a Minor, Major, or Master. (With each award offering a greater chance.)
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 6:47 pm
Prices for imports have been adjusted. Colts now cost twice as much as fillies, varying upon a player's rank.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 6:27 pm
Preparedness is now available as a stablewide upgrade trait.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 4:55 pm
Time Turner and Prismatic Time Turner have been restored from retirement. They now change a mare's due date to January or the current month and Prismatic also resets a mare's color show cooldown.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 3:05 pm
Stock and STB stallions no longer earn bonus foal slots upon retirement.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 2:04 pm
The mare grading formula has been updated. All mares may now be tested again, although most likely there will be few changes.
Issa (#1)
10/21/23 11:01 am
Horses who are Handily in races will now lose Experience.
Issa (#1)
10/15/23 6:15 pm
Horses who earn Court of Stars now receive a Producer Quality boost. Horses who have already earned Court of Stars have also received a PQ boost.
Issa (#1)
10/11/23 1:04 pm
A few minor adjustments have been made to Stallion Grades and stallions will need retested. Notably - Since SS/Import/Custom cannot be the worst level of 'Average', they may still earn B grades. Horses with tested negative mutations also cannot grade higher than C unless tested AA+ PQ. This info has been updated in the Handbook as well. Thanks for your patience!
Issa (#1)
10/10/23 11:13 pm
The Stallion Grade system has been updated and testing is open again. These updates offer more flexibility in factors that have less impact on a foal's potential while placing more weight on factors that have a stronger impact on a foal's potential. The Handbook page has also been updated, though the most notable change is that tested Average PQ cannot grade higher than C.
Issa (#1)
10/10/23 12:36 pm
The Stallion Testing Center is currently unavailable.
Issa (#1)
10/08/23 5:10 pm
Contesting horses may now enter multiple races at the same track.
Issa (#1)
10/08/23 12:44 pm
Contesting horses will have a 3 leg jackpot series through July, August, and September beginning in Y55. This will be offered for both barrels and poles with alternating regions per race.
Issa (#1)
10/07/23 3:42 pm
Performance based Suggested Grade now only looks at a horse's most recent race. This should alleviate a lot of problems where horses show a lower grade than is actually appropriate, helping avoid Handily results.
Issa (#1)
10/07/23 3:17 pm
Horses with Performance Ratings available now show their Stellar best PRs separate from non-Stellar best PRs.
Issa (#1)
10/07/23 1:46 pm
Mares who are already retired may be eligible for reduced foal slots. If so, a notice will appear at the top of their page allowing you to opt in (or opt out) of the foal slot change.
Issa (#1)
10/06/23 6:49 pm
Mare retirement is now available again. If your mare does not retire with the correct amount of foals lots, please post a bug.
Issa (#1)
09/30/23 7:26 pm
Experience now shows an exact percentage (%) for horses owned by Pro accounts.
Issa (#1)
09/30/23 2:44 pm
Distance proficiency gains have been increased for the distances above and below the distance a horse selects for training or BW.
Issa (#1)
09/17/23 3:31 pm
The Y54 Yearling Sale is open for consignments! Consignments will be accepted until bidding opens at the start of September.
Issa (#1)
09/15/23 4:50 pm
The value of Golden Apples has been updated to 200 GA = 100 PC = $1,000,000 (loosely). Prices for items in the GAO have been updated accordingly. The PC value for Sunkissed Tart, Ultra Wraps, Cream Token, Roan Token, and Dun Token have also been updated.
Issa (#1)
09/15/23 4:48 pm
Minimum pricing for public sales has increased to $100,000. Horses already listed for sale have been updated accordingly.
Issa (#1)
09/11/23 4:32 pm
A horse design contest is being held for the upcoming Select Sale. Visit #🌈pretty-pony-designs on Discord to read the rules and enter!
Issa (#1)
09/10/23 12:14 pm
Jockey fees (taken from race income) have been adjusted. The fee for 3 jockeys has been reduced, while additional cost tiers have been added for having 4 or 5+ actively contracted jockeys.
Issa (#1)
09/09/23 11:08 am
Stained Glass Cookies can now be purchased in the GAO.
Issa (#1)
09/04/23 1:09 pm
HT mares will earn 1 bonus foal slot, meaning they always retire with at least 2 slots. A bonus slot is also earned for placing top 5 in a series race, rather than top 3.
Issa (#1)
08/29/23 4:55 pm
Mares may now transition to buddies regardless of foal slots used. Mare transition fees have also been reduced.
Issa (#1)
08/27/23 2:33 pm
Registration for Birthday Bash Board Game Arena tournaments is open on Discord. Tournaments start on August 31st!
Issa (#1)
08/26/23 11:15 am
Series entry pools will not run until 6:00pm today.