Determining Your Horses Path
There are four aspects about your horse you should consider before deciding their path. These are :
- Performance stats (PS)
- Breed standard (BS)
There are currently three paths a horse can take in Eqcetera:
Performance Stats + Good Breed Standard = Discipline Horse
The discipline path means your horse will compete in discipline shows. Horses are best suited for the discipline path if they have performance stats suited for the discipline and good breed standards. This is because disciplines use performance stats and breed standards to determine your horses score, thus placement, in a show.
Disciplines earn your horse EQD, EXP, horse points, and RP in shows. Each horse is able to enter up to 10 discipline shows a day if you use 100% of their energy for the day only on discipline shows. This means, each show uses 10% of your horses energy and should be kept in mind if you wish to train, breed, or enter them in a career jobs or halter shows.
Horses with poor breed standards or performance stats not suited for their discipline, typically will not excel in discipline shows. If your horse has poor breed standards and performance stats they may be best suited for a career.
Breed Standard + Skills = Halter Horse
The halter path means your horse will compete in halter shows. Halter horses ideally would have as close to perfect breed standards as possible and have some skills. Halter shows are tiered based on a horses star value so your horse will compete against those similar to it.
Halter shows earn your horse halter title points, EQD, EXP, RP, and horse points. Each horse is able to enter up to 5 halter shows a day if you use 100% of their energy for the day only on halter shows. Halter shows have a judge bias which randomly judges 3 stats higher than the others. However, skills act as a boost to halter shows and help improve your score.
Horses with poor breed standards, such as multiple poors or fairs, typically will not do well in halter shows and will lose you money from shows due to low scores. If your horse has poor breed standards they may be best suited for a career.
Personality + Skills + Performance Stats = Career Horse
Most any horse will excel in the career path if their personality is suited for a career. Careers also used skills to determine our horses payout for a job complete. This means the ideal career horse would first have a personality suited for the career, then throughout its life, increase its skills by completing jobs. Careers also use performance stats at a very low weight which acts as a small boost to career score and payout.
Horses with personalities not suited for any career typically will not do well in careers. This means these horses would potentially be better in the halter or discipline paths. If your horse has a personality that does not suit careers, they may do best in the discipline or halter paths.