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Acronyms

To better understand this guide, here are some acronyms for various horse traits:

BS - Breed Standards

PS - Performance Stats

Getting a Horse

First of all, you must get a breedable mare and stallion. To breed horses, they must be fed and 2 years or older. You can get horses either at the Foundation Store, Rescue Center, or Auction House. Players also sell horses in their stables and advertise on the Horse Sales forum.

What makes a good horse?

Each breed has different standards denoted as BS, or Breed Standards, throughout the game. BS is a way of measuring how perfect a horse is physically according to the conformation of the breed. We’ll use the mythical Pegasus as a breed example. A “perfect” Pegasus needs a head/neck stat of 78, a shoulder/chest stat of 66, a topline stat of 58, a hindquarter stat of 88, a legs stat of 76, and a hooves stat of 48. You find the following Pegasus:

  • Head/Neck: 73 (GOOD)
  • Topline: 50 (FAIR)
  • Legs: 75 (EXCELLENT)
  • Shoulder/Chest: 62 (GOOD)
  • Hindquarter: 75 (POOR)
  • Hooves: 48 (EXCELLENT)

As you can see above, your Pegasus has 2 excellents which will give a great boost to showing. However, the average across all is a GOOD. This horse would have a moderate showing penalty based on its BS.

While BS remains unchanged throughout a horse’s lifetime, its PS, or Performance Stats, can change. The higher the PS, the less showing penalty BS makes if it is less than perfect. PS can be changed through training. If you are upgraded, you can buy training facilities for your estate, otherwise you can find open training centers from other players. The training center must have facilities appropriate to your horse’s disciplines.

Discipline Stat 1 Stat 2 Stat 3
Barrel Racing Speed Agility Flexibility
Cross Country Endurance Power Speed
Cutting Speed Intelligence Agility
Dressage Flexibility Intelligence Power
Driving Power Endurance Intelligence
Endurance Endurance Agility Power
Eventing Intelligence Endurance Power
Flat Racing Speed Power Endurance
Hunter Intelligence Agility Flexibility
Pole Bending Agility Flexibility Speed
Reining Intelligence Speed Power
Show Jumping Speed Agility Power
Trail Intelligence Endurance Agility
Western Pleasure Flexibility Intelligence Power

Training in these areas will increase these stats. It’s important to evaluate your horse’s PS before determining which discipline it will specialize in. Different disciplines look at different stats which affects show performance.

How to compete in shows

In shows, horses are judged in both BS and PS. The formula for determining who wins a show is below:

Judging Points = (Stat 1 x 2) + (Stat 2 x 1.5) + (Stat 3 x 1) - (total difference from the breed standard x 3)

Placing determines how much money you win from shows, how much EXP you gain, and how many points your horse wins towards its next level. Shows with more entrants and a higher entry fee influence the show purse. The purse is then distributed among entrants based on where they place. The bigger the purse, the more each horse wins. The lowest number of entrants a show can have is 5. A show with an entry fee of $100 with 5 horses would give the first place winner $160, netting a profit on the show of $60. However, a show with an entry fee of $1,000 with 25 horses will give the first place horse $5,600 and even the last place $1,350. More competitive shows will reward more horses.

EXP is earned based on how many horses you beat in a show. A show where a horse places 20/25 will earn 6 EXP from that show while the horse placing 3/25 will earn 23 EXP.

How to make champions

Champions are bred. While you might get lucky with some foundations in BS, they usually start at a low PS. Careful breeding can increase BS across the board, allowing horses to place higher. PS is also passed down to foals so that well-bred foals get a better start than foundations.

Recognized Crossbreeds

There are several recognized crossbreeds on Eqcetera. When breeding two parent breeds together, note that the resulting crossbreed breed standards is not an exact average. You will need to find the unique breed standards for each recognized crossbreed.

Parent Breed Parent Breed Crossbreed
Friesian X Andalusian = Warlander
Thoroughbred X Andalusian = Iberian Warmblood
Thoroughbred X Arabian = Anglo Arabian
Thoroughbred X Clydesdale = American Warmblood
Thoroughbred X Quarter Horse = Appendix Quarter Horse
Quarter Horse X American Paint Horse = Quarter Paint
Andalusian X Arabian = Hispano Arabe
Andalusian X Quarter Horse = Azteca
Appaloosa X Arabian = Araloosa
Appaloosa X Shetland Pony = Pony of the Americas
Arabian X Quarter Horse = Quarab
Arabian X Mustang = Abstang
Friesian X Clydesdale = Friesdale
Andalusian X American Paint Horse = American Azteca
Thoroughbred X Irish Draught = Irish Sport Horse
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