Caring For Your Horses
Your horses are the most important part of the game. You breed them, enter them in competitions, train them, ride them, do lessons with them and much more. Ow explains the basics of caring for your horses in the Quests at the beginning when you first join. But there are a few things that you'll learn from experience that Ow won't tell you, and wouldn't it be easier if you could know about this ahead of time? Well, I'll try and list everything here:
- You should always groom your horse before you do ANYTHING with him. Otherwise they won't earn as many skills from the action. Why? Because your horse wins the most skills from actions when his morale is at 100%. Your horse's morale goes down 5% every night and that is how much moral grooming your horse will give.
- Stroking your horse gives you the most energy if your horse is already almost out of it. If your horse has 0% energy and you stroke him he'll have 12%. And for every 15% energy after that you lose two points from the stroke. Example: If your horse has 0% energy then stroking will give him 12%, but if he has 15% energy it will only gain 10% from the stroke, and so on.
- When it says your horse is getting too skinny and that you are to feed it 22 pounds of fodder (or for the UK, CA, or AU servers, 10 kg) don't ever put your horse in the meadow before you feed it! You must feed your horse the first thing after grooming it in this case to keep it from getting worse. If you do put it in the meadow, it will tell you that you "can't feed your horse more than 22 lbs /10kg of fodder a day!" and since you can't feed it the right amount, the next day it will have gotten much worse.
- Likewise, when it says your horse is getting too fat and you shouldn't feed it anything that day don't put it in the meadow at all. This will cause the problem to continue and get worse.