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Morale is a measure of your horse’s mood, which can significantly impact their competitiveness in races. Horses with low Morale are in sour moods and have little to no desire to run. Horses with high Morale, on the other hand, are ready and eager to race.
Morale is one of the most important traits, along with Rest, Peak, and Potential, in determining how well a horse runs. If a horse is performing worse than expected, this could be the culprit!
|Horses are always born with 0% Morale and will gain it at a rate depending upon how they are managed. Genetics also plays an important role in Morale. A horse's Temperament determines how easily they will maintain Morale. Horses with low Temperament tend to be fussy and finicky and much harder to keep motivated. Horses with high Temperament have a steady attitude and more drive to run.|
If you want to increase a horse's Morale, they will need to do some form of training. This is the ONLY way to increase a horse's current Morale without using a special item or feeding Focus. See the training guide for more detailed information on what types of training to do. Remember, some exercises may cause horses to lose Morale, so be sure to choose appropriately.
In addition, horses with low Morale are more apt to refuse training, especially Gate Training. Stick to training that cannot be refused (Maintenance, Grooming, Long Gallop, Buddy Work) if your horse is low on Morale.
|Impact on PR|
|To get your horse to race at its very best, it will need to have a Green Morale star. Morale being lower (Yellow, Red or Grey) will reduce their PR by a few points, increasing in severity the lower Morale is. Green is the highest, Yellow is Good, Red is Fair and Grey is Poor. It is entirely okay to race your horse even if the Morale star isn't green. You should balance training and racing to keep it as high as possible.|
Racing at your horse's favorite distance has positive impacts on Morale.
However, Morale can decrease in races where a horse faces uncomfortable situations such as:
• running with equipment notes
• running with surface or distance notes
• running with energy or condition notes
• running on mud if the horse dislikes mud
• finishing with a PR a certain amount lower than the winner
• downgrading/upgrading (Upgrading due to the fact that horses lose Morale when they score low PRs in relation to those of the other horses in the race).
|Special Feeds and Items|
You can increase Morale by feeding Focus. This reduces Experience, so it is usually easier to feed this before a horse actually begins racing, i.e. when a horse is a yearling.
Starting Focus as a yearling is recommended, since high Morale as a 2yo will help them train faster, and yearlings must have a certain amount of Morale to be eligible for the Yearling Auction.
You might also opt to feed Focus if you've missed care or have an older problem horse. Focus may seem expensive, however, increased performance will greatly outweigh the cost in the long run!
|Snapshots||Snapshots bring back memories of some of the best times in life. Give these to your horse for an instant Morale boost! Snapshots will set any horse's Morale to 100%.|
|Bundle of TLC||Bundle of TLC will raise Morale, along with Energy, Condition, Peak, Maturity, and Experience and will also reduce injury Risk and Pregnancy Risk.|
|Stable Barns||Having your horses housed in Stable Barns helps maintain Morale as well as condition (they will lose less per rollover). You can build barns using Stable Blueprints available in the Pro Shop.|
|New Years Resolution
||Are you ready to turn over a new leaf? It's time to start out the new year on the right hoof! Using the Resolution will restore all horses aged 3 or older to safe levels of Condition, Energy, Morale, Pregnancy Risk, and Peak/Prime, getting your stable back on track faster after a period of inactivity.|