Breeding is one of the main focuses of players in Eqcetera. Through breeding you can improve a breed, create beautiful coat colors, and discover or create your own crossbreeds. If bred correctly, some horses are worth quite a bit based on their coat color, performance stats, or breed standards! Before you jump into breeding, knowing what makes a horse valuable and what makes for better breeding is a good idea! Many players have several breeding operations with many different goals.
Setting a Breeding Goal
Before you begin breeding consider setting a breeding goal. A few questions below can help guide you along with the information in this help guide. Eqcetera players are always open to give advice and even a helping hand in beginning a successful breeding operation.
- What breed(s) do I like?
- What discipline(s), career, or halter shows do I want to breed horses for?
- Do I want to breed purebreds and/or crosses?
- Does color matter to me?
- Do I want to focus on breed standards, performance stats, skills, or personality?
If you can’t decide what goal(s) to set, asking players in the forum or Discord server may help. Many offer advice on beginning breeding and may even offer help through generous gifts. If you find yourself wanting to do several goals you’re not alone! Many players decide to have many breeding projects, often across two or more breeds.
How to Breed
In order to breed both the sire (stallion) and dam (mare), must be boarded, fed, and watered. Horses must also be 3 years old or more to breed. Grooming is also advised to help narrow the random breed standard calculation for your foal. Read more about breed standards on the Breed Standards page.
Breeding can occur from the sire or dams page or in the breeding grounds by typing the desired pairs names. If bred from the breeding grounds, an image of your foal will appear if the breeding is successful. Be sure to visit them and say Happy Birthday!
Once horses have been bred, they will go into cooldown. For Stallions cool down for successful breedings is 48 hours. Mares have longer cooldowns for successful breeding of 7 days. Horses in cooldown will say so on their page and have a timer beside their name on the stable page. Failed breedings are possible t ore-try immediatley if your horses have enough energy (20%).
Several icons are shown by horse names on stable pages. The timer indicates the horse is on cooldown after a successful or failed breeding. A red heart means the horse is up for public stud or brood and you do not have to request a breeding. A purple heart means the horse is up for private stud or brood and you must request breeding and be approved.