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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #150 on: October 27, 2011, 09:05:03 AM »
I wasn't feeling so wel the last 2 days, I had a minor surgery Tuesday, but I'm alive again..

Got Pepper up for adoption at my blog now :D
http://magicalbreedings.blogspot.com/2011/10/pepper.html

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Also managed to adopt a male black unicorn from the wild, when he trained some traits he will be used to breed purebred "unifoals" :D

This is my farm btw :D


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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #151 on: October 27, 2011, 01:46:53 PM »
I'm here with another question I'm afraid  ;)

How do you keep each horse to it's own stall?  Both my attempts at ranching my horses went in which ever stall they fancied, often swapping about daily. So I'm curious how middle stall is the stallion and the outer 2 are the mares. Is there some training I'm not doing or what? Thanks again



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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #152 on: October 27, 2011, 02:24:01 PM »
I'm here with another question I'm afraid  ;)

How do you keep each horse to it's own stall?  Both my attempts at ranching my horses went in which ever stall they fancied, often swapping about daily. So I'm curious how middle stall is the stallion and the outer 2 are the mares. Is there some training I'm not doing or what? Thanks again

As far as I have seen you can't, unless it's like Sim Beds where if you make them go in there enough they use it more? Although I did see that Mary had fenced areas outside each Stall so maybe she locks the Horses in there and that makes it their stall?
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« Reply #153 on: October 27, 2011, 02:27:54 PM »
I'm here with another question I'm afraid  ;)

How do you keep each horse to it's own stall?  Both my attempts at ranching my horses went in which ever stall they fancied, often swapping about daily. So I'm curious how middle stall is the stallion and the outer 2 are the mares. Is there some training I'm not doing or what? Thanks again

In the photo, note that I have a corale adjacent to each stall. With the gates locked, they can't get into another horse's corale or stall. This configuration is specifically for breeding. I wanted an efficient means of breeding mares, where there is virtually no chance that another horse or human sim will interfer with the breeders' movement to the stall during Try for Foal.

Coincidentally, once a mare is impregnated I can let them out into the larger pasture.

Here's the stallion I plan to move onto the new lot. His name is Jadaan (the real Jadaan was a W.C. Kellogg horse who was featured in the silent motion picture, Son of the Shiek, with Rudolf Valentino). Graphically, he's as close to the Arabian stallion after whom he's named as I could make him. Clint, Abbie, and their daughter, Sabra, are training him and Sabra will begin taking him to competition. I plan on training up and attaining Jumping Star and Racing Champion on Jadaan and Scenic's two fillies before they are moved over with Sabra to the breeding facility.


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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #154 on: October 27, 2011, 04:00:32 PM »
Woohoo! Just got my copy of Pets! I'm installing it now, I'll be sure to try making a ranch. :) It looks very cool!
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« Reply #155 on: October 27, 2011, 04:04:34 PM »
Woohoo! Just got my copy of Pets! I'm installing it now, I'll be sure to try making a ranch. :) It looks very cool!

Excellent, simlishlol !!! I know you'll be quickly addicted to life on the ranch.

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #156 on: October 27, 2011, 05:05:39 PM »
YAY another ranchie.  I know I said I was going off to take smaller steps learning how to handle more than one sim properly, but I couldn't resist.  I just had to make another ranch.  This time I've made a married couple and 2 horses.  Plus I now know how to queue actions so i'm sure that will help. [I hope LOL]

I just couldn't stay away  ;)

Mary do you manage to lock a gate to allow only 1 horse in and the sims?  Or do you lock it to all and only unlock it long enough to call the horses in? [yeah I finally learned you have to call them in to the stall at night.  So you get to choose which stall each uses]



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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #157 on: October 27, 2011, 05:22:33 PM »
Normally, if there's more than one horse near a gate I send the unwanted horse to "Go Here," then unlock the gate and beckon the wanted horse through. When I'm feeling lazy, I go into Buy mode and with MoveObject enabled, simply put the horse where I want it.

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Sad day on Saracen Arabian Farm! I had all three of my human sims doing training. While I was observing Sabra and Abbie on the advanced courses, Clint was training on the International course. He caught fire and died before I could get him extinguished. In deference to his passing, all farm activities will be suspended for the balance of this (human day). Rest in peace, Clint. In Memorium, Clint's gravesite has been placed on the International Training Facility grounds. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your favorite charity.

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #158 on: October 27, 2011, 05:27:48 PM »
Oh no!  I hate losing a sim to something preventable like that.  It happened in my Starr dynasty with my Gen. 1 spouse.  Agnes had a horrible sculpting accident and I wasn't paying attention to her.  By the time I realized she was on fire it was too late...

Have you thought about growing death flowers to give to your sims for just such an emergency.  I know it takes away from the realism you seem to be striving for, but it's a nice little insurance policy just in case.

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« Reply #159 on: October 27, 2011, 05:34:35 PM »
Have you thought about growing death flowers to give to your sims for just such an emergency.  I know it takes away from the realism you seem to be striving for, but it's a nice little insurance policy just in case.
I thought about it, but never followed through. I've looked for death flower plants a few times at the cemetery, but have never found any. Abbie also has been slowly trying to get her fishing skill up in hope of getting a death flower seed, but to no avail. Kind of upset because Clint and Abbie were going to Try for Baby tonight and that child was going to be a gardener. Oh, well, life happens.

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #160 on: October 28, 2011, 07:42:12 AM »
Hallo everyone. 
 
In horse perspective you click on the ground and decide this will be their favorite spot. When they go to sleep they always do on this location. For example if you decide this stall is the favorite spot of this horse it will always go there in stead of another stall.
 
Mary! I follow this thread a while now and I was captivated from the first line. Because of you I wanted to start my own ranch like so many others. Of course first attempt was rather bad and I don't really am a builder. I like your farm very much but it wouldn't be mine so I had to try for my own. Sadly I had no clue how it should look and ... let's just say it was a disaster. I'll try again anyway. I wanted to thank you for all your shared wisdom and inspiration! Also I have a question. Did you build/purchase the Hospital (thing) you wanted to?
 
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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #161 on: October 28, 2011, 07:48:50 AM »
Hallo everyone. 
 
In horse perspective you click on the ground and decide this will be their favorite spot. When they go to sleep they always do on this location. For example if you decide this stall is the favorite spot of this horse it will always go there in stead of another stall.
 

That may have been the intention, but I don't think that always works, as I still have to tell mine where to sleep most nights.

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« Reply #162 on: October 28, 2011, 09:17:02 AM »
Going to give this a shot now, 2 sims and how many horses?

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #163 on: October 28, 2011, 09:56:43 AM »
Mary started with 1 male 3 female horses.  I can't handle that many but I'm a rookie  :P

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« Reply #164 on: October 28, 2011, 09:58:16 AM »
Okay then 2 sims 3 horses, and no cheating right...?

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #165 on: October 28, 2011, 10:03:57 AM »
that was 4 horses... but your choice LOL.

I tried 1 sim and 3 horses and just couldn't handle it cos I'd only had single sim before that.
now trying again with a married couple and 2 horses.. but I'm playing for fun, not for an empire

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« Reply #166 on: October 28, 2011, 10:45:21 AM »
LOL. I'm making 1 sim and 3 horses, I don't even think I can handle that many horses!

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #167 on: October 28, 2011, 11:49:39 AM »
I started a game on my husband's computer (which has Pets installed) and it was just her and 3 horses but after a while it was kinda lonely and I thought maybe I should expand so I just added a husband and another horse.  So now I have three happy couples !   This has to be the only game style where I'm actually thinking normal lifespan is too short.
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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #168 on: October 28, 2011, 12:18:39 PM »
Just had to share a picture of my little herd!



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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #169 on: October 29, 2011, 08:55:05 AM »
It's amazing, really! I was working so hard on a farm ... I didn't even play jet, I just built. I haven't been happy with at least one of my farms so I always just deleted it right away.
Yesterday I was searching hard for a name of said (still not build) farm. I found a perfect one and suddenly everything just clicked into place and TADA ... the farm is built! I only need to furnish it ... and let someone move in that is.

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« Reply #170 on: October 29, 2011, 10:41:02 AM »
Normal sim lifespan when you're doing a horse ranch is definitely too short.

In real life it does not require 15 minutes to saddle a horse. Feeding a carrot, 10 minutes? Riding two blocks to the Equestrian Center, 45 minutes? Please. Try for Foal can easily chew up half a day, what with multiple hangups getting them into the stall. Then there's the Jockey lifetime wish and achieving the three International wins, which can take weeks in and of itself. Until EA can work out these inconsistencies, my advice is to turn off aging, set intermediate goals, and age Sims manually as appropriate.

In the case of competitions, in real life a single season might include 10-20 competitive events. It's ridiculous to thing of a sim going from adult to senior in the space of only a few seasons.

Personally, I always disable aging. Not only does it affect me emotionally when a sim dies, I also enoy playing truly epic games, where my sims might have a number careers, raise several children to adulthood, and hang around long enough to see their grandchildren married, with children of their own.

I wish there was a way to slow down the clock relative to everything else.

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #171 on: October 29, 2011, 02:02:17 PM »
My own little ranch is coming along nicely now.  I picked the 3rd generation twins of one of my old families to start it off.  Cost was approximately 120k to get it initially up and running.  The residential part still needs a lot of work but I'm happy with the rest :)  Inspired of course by Mary's spread!


I was aiming for a courtyard feel to the stables complex.  Haven't really got it yet so need to save up to redesign the house!


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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #172 on: October 29, 2011, 02:31:53 PM »
Normal sim lifespan when you're doing a horse ranch is definitely too short.

In real life it does not require 15 minutes to saddle a horse. Feeding a carrot, 10 minutes? Riding two blocks to the Equestrian Center, 45 minutes? Please. Try for Foal can easily chew up half a day, what with multiple hangups getting them into the stall. Then there's the Jockey lifetime wish and achieving the three International wins, which can take weeks in and of itself. Until EA can work out these inconsistencies, my advice is to turn off aging, set intermediate goals, and age Sims manually as appropriate.

When you consider all the prep work you have to do before putting the saddle on, it doesn't end up being too far from 15 minutes.  The thing to consider though, is that most human beings live longer than 100 days lol.  It's all about relative perspective.  ;)

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« Reply #173 on: October 29, 2011, 04:16:41 PM »
I generally prefer the normal lifespan setting, but I've set the foal life stage to just 2 days under the settings.  It's nice that we can customise all the length of all the life stages for both pets and sims.

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« Reply #174 on: October 30, 2011, 03:55:26 PM »
Finally I managed to get a horse in the beginner race, and, wait for it, came last! hahahaha it's still a step up from failing to compete.  ;)