1 / Create and manage your equestrian center
> 1.1 - General
Once you reach 20 days' seniority, you can create and run your own center.
When creating your Equestrian Center, an allocation of 25000 will be added to your reserve. It is up to you to make appropriate choices to manage this money effectively.
Here are the sources of income of an equestrian center:
- Boarding horses and ponies belonging to the other players
- Reselling crops
- Organizing competitions for beginner or divine horses
> 1.2 – Location
- Forest rides, if your center is located in a forest
- Beach rides if your center is located at the beach
- Mountain rides if your center is located in the mountains
> 1.3 – The store
At the store, you will find everything necessary to operate your equestrian center spread throughout the different departments:
- Box where you find bedding and showers that affect the comfort of your boxes
- Agriculture where you can buy seeds and fertilizer to use in your meadows
- Feed and Equipment where you can buy feed and equipment for your boarders, instead of using it for your own horses
Boxes are purchased directly from the Box page of your equestrian center. Meadows are purchased directly from the Meadow page of your equestrian center. The same goes for race tracks or calves (depending on your equestrian center's specialty) which can be purchased directly from the Competition page.
On the Equestrian Center Store page, you can also check your inventory or resell items as needed, but the store does not repurchase race tracks, boxes, fields, scarecrows, showers or greenhouses.
There is also a Secret Market, where you will find certain items from the store available at a lower cost.
> 1.4 – Boxes
You may board one horse per box. Due to the necessary construction time-frame, the number of boxes that your center can have is determined by your seniority on Howrse. Thus you may buy one box for every 2 days of seniority. However, if you buy them with passes, you may buy as many boxes as you like.
There are various boxes with different sizes. As they are more comfortable for the horses, the bigger boxes provide more morale to the boarders when they wake up.
Box quality also affects your equestrian center prestige.
You need bedding in your boxes to house a horse or a pony. Head to the equestrian center shop in order to buy bedding. Once bedding stock is created, it will be shown to the right of the shop page in your inventory. Visit "The boxes" page and select the bedding that you would like to use; you can only select bedding that you have enough of in your inventory.
When you buy a new box, it comes with bedding according to the bedding type you have selected for use in your equestrian center.
Each day, bedding in boxes where there is a boarder ages. After 7 days, it is automatically removed during the daily website update at 07:00, and is replaced by clean bedding if you have enough of it in your inventory. If you do not have enough bedding, your boxes will be left without bedding and your prestige will fall. Check your stocks regularly.
The bedding that you choose for your boxes also affects your boarders. Indeed, the better the quality of bedding used in a box is, the more energy a horse will gain and the less morale it will lose when spending time there.Repairs
A icon is visible next to box degradation and can be used to repair your boxes. Repairs will cost 200 Equus per box.Reservations
If you want to save a box for a specific player's horses, all you need to do is to reserve one or several boxes through the "reserve this box" link.
>1.5 - The showers
You can acquire showers to make the horses boarded at your equestrian center more comfortable. Horses with access to a shower in their box spend 10% less energy than horses without one. Each box can only have one shower.
> 1.6 – Meadows
You will have to purchase meadows from the equestrian center store. These meadows will be used as pasture for your boarders and to develop some agricultural activity. Which is an important source of income. Meadows sold at the store have different land surfaces.
Fertility is crucial as it will determine the yield of your crops. It will be taken into account in the quality of your meadows in your details, and horses put out in a more fertile meadow will eat more grass. The latter point will have consequences on the spending of the owners who board their horses at your equestrian center.
Whether you decide to use a meadow as pasture or to grow crops, it will lose fertility.You can increase it back with fallows.
The fertility of a meadow increases by 1% for each day that it lies fallow in spring or fall, by 3% in summer, and by 0.2% in winter. Land that lies fallow in winter will only slightly increase in fertility.Pastures for the boarders
Your pasture land area must be equal to your number of boxes in order to meet the needs of the horses boarded in your equestrian center. For instance, a center with 10 boxes must have a pasture land area of at least 10. Remember that it is advised to have more meadows available in order to grow them or put them fallow, in order to allow the soil to rest and to restore its fertility.Agriculture
You can have 5 meadows being cultivated at the same time, no matter what the size of your center or meadows. Crops are specific to the seasons.
If you have a greenhouse, you can sow the seeds you want at all seasons without limits other than the limitation of crops to 5 meadows, taking into account that the greenhouse counts as a meadow. However, you can't grow apples or passes in the greenhouse.
You may install a scarecrow in your fields, which keeps pests away and increases your crop yield by 50%.Available crops
|Seed||Plantation season||Crop growing duration||Harvest|
|Carrot seeds||Spring||9 days|
|Wheat seeds||Summer||9 days|
|Oat seeds||Spring||11 days|
|Pass seeds||Fall||30 days|
|Apple seeds||Fall||A harvest every Fall|
|Flax seeds||Spring||8 days|
|Alfalfa seeds||Summer||7 days|
During wintertime, you can't grow anything unless you own a greenhouse. If you do, you will be able to grow anything you like, except for apples and passes.
To earn money, you can sell your crops at the store.
You can also:
- make carrots, oats, and fodder available to your boarders in order to receive more prestige
- use wheat bran and apples to create mashes
- use straw and bedding in your boxes
To start a crop in a meadow:
- head to the Equestrian center and purchase the seeds and fertilizer you want
- head to the meadows page
- if the meadow can be used, click “Lay Fallow” then “Grow Crops”
- select the seeds and fertilizer to use on this meadow
- validate and the meadow starts growing crops!
Note that the use of fertilizer will reduce the number of days to maturity.
In order to produce your own fertilizer at a lower price, use droppings produced by your horses. You need 5 kg of droppings to produce 1 manure fertilizer. Once you have purchased the right quantity of droppings, you can turn them into fertilizer from the “Meadows” page.
Once the harvest is over, the meadow will lie fallow to let the ground rest. You can then use this meadow to grow crops again, or for pasturing horses boarded at the equestrian center.
2 / Make your equestrian center prosper
> 2.1 - Boarders
Your equestrian center can receive boarded horses. You can choose the boarding cost per horse per night via your center's office. This cost must be between 20 and 200 . However, when you board your own horses in your center, you pay nothing and your center earns nothing.Minimum skill requirement
You can set a minimum skill requirement for the horses boarded at your center. This is also done in the Office of your equestrian center. Only horses with this minimum skill set may be registered with your center. Note, however, that this also concerns breeders for whom you have reserved a box. If their horse does not meet the minimum requirement that you set, they will not be able to register with your center.Boarding expiration
Once their boarding period is expired, boarders leave the equestrian center just after the daily website update at 07:00.Extending a stay
Check your Office for news on a regular basis. You will find boarding extension requests from breeders who have a horse boarded at your center, and you will be free to accept or refuse these requests.The influence of boarders on prestige
The horses that you are housing have, of course, an impact on your center according to their number, but also to their best skill.
> 2.2 - Benefits for boarders
You can make various equipment and food products available to your boarders from your equestrian center's office.
When you make one of these products available, your boarders can then help themselves to that item, for free, from your inventory for the entirety of their boarding period.
In order to make a product available to your boarders you need to have a certain quantity of it, based on the number of boxes in your equestrian center, in your inventory, and to make sure that you always have enough in stock. The minimum requested quantity for each product is indicated in your office.
|Item||Quantity required per box|
Also, in order for an item to appear in the lists of advantages on the equestrian center registration page, you need to have twice the required quantity in your inventory.
> 2.3 - Lessons
Your equestrian center can organize riding lessons. It is up to the breeders of the horses you are housing to decide whether or not they offer lessons in your center. It's a way for them to earn a certain amount of Equus as well as some skills for their horse. This amount will not be taken from you, you have nothing to pay.
Lesson cost depends on the prestige of the boarders at your center. The number of lessons that your center can offer every day is unlimited. Only normal horses are counted in the calculation.
> 2.4 - Competition
You can organize competitions in your equestrian center. When the top-ranking horses on Howrse join in your competitions, your center's prestige increases!
Each competition requires 5 horses. They automatically start a few minutes after the deadline for registration. Registrations are open again 24 hours after a competition was last held. As long as there are no registered horses, you can modify the minimum level or the course of your competitions from the competitions page in the equestrian center menu.If your competition has not been run for more than 5 days, you can modify it even if there are horses registered.
You can reserve a competition for one specific breed by editing the settings.
There are several different types of competitions, depending on your equestrian center's specialty.Classical Riding Competitions
If your equestrian center specializes in Classical Riding, you can organize:
- speed races (trot or gallop)
- cross-country competitions
- show jumping competitions
- dressage competitions
When organizing cross-country, showjumping and dressage competitions, before any horses can register, the difficulty of the courses you build must meet the minimum levels in stamina for cross-country competitions, showjumping for showjumping competitions, and dressage for dressage competitions.
When you create your equestrian center you receive a small race track you can use to schedule one speed race per day. You can purchase a second one from the competitions page later. Each equestrian center can have up to 2 race tracks. To earn optimum prestige, you need to organize 2 races and therefore have 2 race tracks.Western Riding Competitions
If your equestrian center specializes in Western Riding, you can organize:
- barrel racing competitions
- cutting competitions
- trail class competitions
- reining competitions
- western pleasure competitions
When organizing reining and trail class competitions, before any horses can register, the difficulty of the courses you build must meet the minimum levels in galloping for reining competitions and dressage for trail class competitions.
Organizing a cutting competition requires calves when creating or editing your competition. When you create a competition you receive your first calf for free. The number of calves determines the minimum stamina requirement for horses that register.Competitions for rookie horses
You may reserve your competitions for rookie horses. Your competitions will win more prestige than same-level competitions that are open to all horses, and you win 500 Equus every time your competitions for rookie horses are held.
Rookie horses are horses that have won less than 20 victories and that have no skills higher than 520. This number is re-calculated every night.
>2.5 - The center's forum
As center director, you also have a forum. You can configure access to the forum as you wish, that is, either limit access to players who have a horse boarded at your center or leave it open to all players on Howrse.
This forum is your responsibility. You are its moderator, it is up to you to keep it running. You can create and configure your forum in the Office of your equestrian center.
An equestrian center forum that is open to all the breeders can be accessed via the details of the center.
3 / Advertise your equestrian center
> 3.1 - The equestrian center profile page
Your details may be viewed by all the players. You can view them in the Office of the center. On this same page, you can create the presentation of your center, which will appear according to the same principle as your breeder presentation. You can edit your presentation at any time.
You can also view the details of all the other centers by clicking their name. In these details, you can compare your center with other centers and thus see where you need to make improvements so that your center can move up the ranking.
> 3.2 - The equestrian center prestige
Your equestrian center prestige is a rating showing its quality. The higher the prestige is, the more renown your center will have and the more it will attract boarders. Make sure you regularly check your center's prestige in order to progress in the rankings.
It depends on many factors, divided into five main areas.The equestrian center's comfort
Your equestrian center's comfort corresponds to your boxes quality, and the services that you make available to your boarders. Thus it consists of:
- the size of your boxes
- the quality of bedding
- the presence of a shower in the boxes
- whether you have made food available to your boarders (fodder, oats, carrots and mash)
- whether you have made equipment available to your boarders, and the quality of that equipment (saddle cloth, saddle, bridle, ears bonnet, polo wraps)
The meadows that you offer to your boarders for grazing purposes must be fertile and adequate in number.Equestrian center capacity
The bigger your equestrian center is, and the more boarders it houses, the higher its prestige will be. The ideal situation is to have 100 boxes (additional boxes do not increase prestige), and to have an occupancy rate of at least 50%.Boarders' skills
The horses that you are housing naturally have an impact on the prestige of your equestrian center. The best skill of each boarder is taken into account, except for wild and divine horses.Competitions
The five competitions that your center can hold have an impact on the total prestige of your center. Be sure to check the prestige provided by each of them.
> 3.3 - Rankings
Equestrian centers are required for the game to run properly. They house the horses and allow breeders to train them. These centers have 3 types of ranking:
- the number of boarded horses
- Most popular equestrian centers: this ranking is calculated based on the number of visits by different players during the previous day. It is unnecessary to visit one profile page several times, only one visit will be taken into account.
On this page, you can view the ranking of the most prestigious competitions, the amount of their kitty and see the centers that organize them.
The best horses on Howrse compete in these events.
To reward regularity, competitions with more than 75% worth of prestige that haven't been run for more than 5 days lose 1% of prestige per day beyond that delay.
> 3.4 - Rosettes
Rosettes are rewards for horses that finish first in competitions that have more than 75% prestige. Winning a rosette gives you double the Equus!
Rosettes are a good way to make your equestrian center stand out, because they're shown on the special rosette page for all horses that have won them.
To activate your rosette, just go to your competitions page.