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|What is Rest or Rested?|
|Rest, also referred to as Rested, is a trait that relates to how fresh and prepared to race your horse is feeling, and is in no way related to Energy or Condition. Horses that are "Rested" will see improvement to their race performance, while horses with low Rest will experience declining PRs.
You can view a horse's Rest status by looking at the star on their main page. This star will either be grey (poor), red (low), yellow (average), or green (high). Horses will perform at their best when within the green range.
|Dynamics of Rest|
Horses will improve their Rest trait any time they take a break from racing. They will lose Rest every time they enter a race. Each horse has unique genes that determine how fast they gain and lose Rest. Rest has no impact on energy gain/loss and is not negatively impacted by multiple training sessions in a meet. Some horses may only be able to race a few times a year (if you want them at their best), while other horses hardly ever need a break.
Any time a horse is taking a month off of racing it is said to be "resting". Horses are most often rested in the month (or two) before they enter a major series race as well as during the four off season months between November and February.
It's important to remember that not all rest is equal. In addition to the genetic component at play, you can greatly impact how fast your horse recovers Rest between races. Buddy workouts, grooming, and Gleam feed are easy ways to help your horse recover Rest faster. You can also use additional items (see below) if you need additional help.
Rest is decreased when feeding Hype, so you should be mindful of when you choose to use this feed. Rest is also decreased when a horse races outside of its home region.
|Racing Rules Of Thumb|
Although Rest impacts all racing horses, it is considered most important when racing G1 horses, especially going into series races. If you want your best horses to race at their best, you should try to keep their star within green range every time they enter a race. This is the main reason it's advised to figure out how often your horse needs to rest and plan accordingly in the month(s) before entering a series race.
Can a horse win races without having green Rest? Absolutely! There are many factors that influence PRs and even if your horse isn't scoring as high for Rest as they could, they may score higher in other areas. It's certainly important to balance Experience with Rest in G1 horses, and some horses may do just fine entering with lower Rest if it helps them maintain Experience easier.
|Pro Items for Rest|
|None of the items listed below are necessary for caring for and managing horses under normal circumstances. However, sometimes you may find that you encounter a situation where you are prepping for a series race with a horse that has a bad Rest gene or you simply forgot to rest your best horse beforehand!|
||This item can occasionally be purchased at the Pro Shop or found in user shops. This improves a horse's Rest gene, if it is below 'Average', and also immediately improves their Rest to a green star. You can only use this item on a horse once per year. You may not use it on horses under age 4.|
||This is an item can be found the Pro Shop and can be obtained in Balance & Breathe Baskets as well. It will increase a horse's Prime, Condition, Rest, and Morale each monthly rollover for a period of 4 months. It is useful for horses which may need a little TLC in the areas mentioned while you also continue to race/train them.|
||This can be found in the Pro Shop. Along with other perks, Slurpit will improve Rest. Its benefits will happen each monthly rollover for 3 months. This item can be used on 2 and 3 year olds, so can be very beneficial while preparing them for series races.|
Bundle of TLC
||This can be found in the Pro Shop or crafted in the Workshop. In addition to numerous other perks, Bundle of TLC will slightly increase Rest at each month's rollover for a period of 6 months.|
|What is Experience?|
Experience is another measure of a horse's mental preparation to race. While horses can become fatigued and mentally sour, Experience represents the opposite of that. As a horse races, they are exposed to new environments and new situations. If they are successful, they become more confident. All of these things are summed up as Experience. The more a horse races and the better they perform in races, generally the more Experience they will gain.
You can view a horse's Experience level by looking for the star on their main page. Like Rest, it will be either grey (poor), red (low), yellow (average), or green (high). Horses will run at their best when their Experience is within the green range.
|Dynamics of Experience|
As already noted, horses usually gain Experience when they race. They will lose it whenever they are not racing. The amount they gain from a race will be determined largely by their PR, so horses running in lower grades of races may not gain much, if any, Experience. Beyond that, the ease of maintaining Experience is based upon their Experience gene.
Some horses will almost never be able to maintain Experience, regardless of how well they race, while others will have an easier time retaining high Experience levels.
In addition to increasing from racing, horses can also gain Experience from performing buddy workouts. Performing buddy workouts when a horse is resting (see above) will help mitigate some of the Experience naturally lost when a horse isn't racing. There are a few other ways you can boost Experience listed in the table below.
Experience is reduced when feeding Focus, Hype, or Gleam, so be mindful of when you use these feeds.
|Pro Items for Experience|
|None of the items listed below are necessary for caring for and managing horses under normal circumstances. However, if you're prepping a horse for series races that is struggling to gain Experience, you can use these to help them out.|
Bundle of TLC
||This can be found in the Pro Shop or crafted in the Workshop. In addition to numerous other perks, Bundle of TLC will slightly increase Experience at each month's rollover for a period of 6 months.|
Stained Glass Cookie
||This is an item can be found the Pro Shop and can also be obtained free through some holiday events. The Stained Glass Cookie will instantly raise a horse's Experience by approximately one star level. It can only be used twice in one year though, so keep that in mind when applying it.|
||This can be found in the Pro Shop. Happyball will, along with other improvements, raise a horse's Experience at each month's rollover for a period of 3 months. This item can be used on 2 and 3 year olds and can be especially useful when prepping young horses for series races.|