Author Topic: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program  (Read 241456 times)

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #25 on: October 21, 2011, 08:04:03 PM »
Actually, no. Scenic was my registered Arabian gelding when I was still living on the farm. He was a descendant of Racine, one of the famous Kellogg Arabian Stallions of the 1920s and 30s. My three Sim broodmares, Sabrina, Havivi, and Medina, were also mares from my childhood; each of which I raised from foals, ground broke, and ultimately rode in show.

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« Reply #26 on: October 22, 2011, 03:06:31 AM »
Having horses and a garden (with tomatoes, potatoes, onions, etc.) is so funny. They actually eat my crops, very realistic. Love that they thought about such details.

Just Self-employed as a horsewoman, now we'll see how I do breeding.  ;D

I really love the color of Sabrina. So realistic with the darker legs and stuff.



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« Reply #27 on: October 22, 2011, 03:43:07 AM »
I love the idea and how you are documenting how to do it Mary!  :D You've almost got me twitching to do a ranch now! I just have to summon the inspiration to build the ranch, of which I will be too impatient to do...

Slight Question is, are you making a good profit on the sales of the horses to cater for your Sims needs and the other Horses as well as refurbishments to the Lot? I'm just wondering at how much of a business opportunity it is.
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« Reply #28 on: October 22, 2011, 04:32:42 AM »
My horse just gave birth to her first foal.

Dad (Blitz) a Gypsy Vanner



Mom (Aires)  is a British Warmblood




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« Reply #29 on: October 22, 2011, 06:45:38 AM »
Well done, Lizzy! Don't you just love the new foals?  :D


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samoht,

income is directly proportional to the work your sim invests. Untrained horses sell for 5-6K each. Trained horses can sell for 11K on up. You can sell stallion services for 1K and more, and you get nice cash rewards for winning competitions. In the Lifetime wishes there's a Celestial Salt Like which can give your horses a nice moodlet; it also routinely spawns gnome horses that can be sold for 1K. It does take work -- my sim literally has no time for anything but the ranch -- but you can make a very nice income.

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« Reply #30 on: October 22, 2011, 07:31:17 AM »
samoht,

income is directly proportional to the work your sim invests. Untrained horses sell for 5-6K each. Trained horses can sell for 11K on up. You can sell stallion services for 1K and more, and you get nice cash rewards for winning competitions. In the Lifetime wishes there's a Celestial Salt Like which can give your horses a nice moodlet; it also routinely spawns gnome horses that can be sold for 1K. It does take work -- my sim literally has no time for anything but the ranch -- but you can make a very nice income.

Thanks Mary! It sounds very profitable!  :)
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« Reply #31 on: October 22, 2011, 08:18:53 AM »
samoht,

There are other things you can do to supplement your income. For instance, as soon as I had the spare simoleans I purchased the Equestrian Center, which pays me a return of 13K per week. When I have enough funds I'm going to purchase the Equestrian Regional Training Grounds, which I'll upgrade by creating a covered arena over the current jumping/racing training area. After I've done this I'll have sufficient income that I can concentrate more on competitions for a while and less on breeding, training, selling horses, and selling stud fees.

My personal goal is to make my four main horses (Scenic, Havivi, Medina, and Sabrina) International champions in each of the three categories. Of course, to accomplish this will take a long time, but that's the fun of it for me.

My trophy room isn't very impressive yet, but it's growing  ;)


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Also, once I'm not relying on raising/selling foals for income, I can adopt two more wild horses (which will satisfy the Mustang Master component of my riding skill). Last night, a wild horse wandered near my ranch, I adopted it, raised it to 'Trained' status, and sold it for 11K. We need to adopt a total of three Wild Horses for Mustang Master.

Eventually, when my skills are all maxed out, I want to breed foals, train them sufficiently, make them International champions, and sell them for a VERY nice profit. When I'm doing this, I think I can say I have a world-class horse ranch.



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« Reply #32 on: October 22, 2011, 08:52:53 AM »
Precious moment ... arrival of a new foal


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« Reply #33 on: October 22, 2011, 08:54:05 AM »
Not impressive!? That's more than I have right now!  :D Thanks for the other information as well!
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« Reply #34 on: October 22, 2011, 09:32:41 AM »
I end up missing a lot of competitions because I'm getting foals ready for sale. But, oh well, that's life on a busy ranch. I've just gone over 1M simoleans; so, it might be time to purchase the Regional Equestrian Training Facility. After that I can concentrate more on competitions.

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« Reply #35 on: October 22, 2011, 11:33:31 AM »
Well done, Lizzy! Don't you just love the new foals?  :D



Yess!!
Crossbreeding(If that is the word used for horses as well) is interesting, I have a foal now which has the Gypsy Vanner/Brittish Warmblood as a dad, and a Friesan as a mom, that makes a very cool horse!


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« Reply #36 on: October 22, 2011, 11:37:29 AM »
I have a favour to ask.  I made my own ranch trying to make sure I had all the essentials, but in a smaller simpler fashion so as to save simoleons.   I wanted a budget version of Mary's? As I'm a total beginner with horses having never been near a real live horse I was hoping someone who knows horses would take a look and tell me if I made any mistakes or missed anything that needs to be there? [now for another adventure, first ever post of pictures if I get it right]

Bromwell Ranch.  Lot 64 x 64.  Cost furnished $68k I think?
House: 1bd, 1ba, openplan kitchen/diner/lounge, office/trophy room [no trophy yet]
Barn: 4 stalls
Fields:  training jumps and full jumps, open space.



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« Reply #37 on: October 22, 2011, 11:47:14 AM »
My horses:

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« Reply #38 on: October 22, 2011, 02:40:05 PM »
Lesley ... that's VERY nice. I can't see that you missed anything -- and you did it so economically (I'm jealous!)

Lizzy ... about crossbreeding ... I was thinking the same thing, though I'm not as imaginative as you. I want to play around with the color breeds (paints and appaloosas) by breeding to my Arabian stallion. I don't want to loose the Arab conformation, but I'd like to pick up the color variations. I'm not ready yet to experiment (must keep eye on my original goals), but I'll certainly play around later.

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« Reply #39 on: October 22, 2011, 02:44:02 PM »
thank you but it's not a patch on yours.   Thank you for inspiring me to try it too.

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« Reply #40 on: October 22, 2011, 04:40:43 PM »
Lesley ... pfft ... you'll be able to accomplish everything I did for a lot less simoleans. I think you made an ideal spread.

After several 2nd and 3rd place finishes, I finally won my first International competition (crosscountry). I am very happy.

I'll have to check it out to be certain, but I think selecting 'Go for Broke' might be a key. I'll run a few more and then report the results in this thread.

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« Reply #41 on: October 22, 2011, 06:08:51 PM »
I'm wondering if you have seen the really cool breed registration site that has been started.  They have affiliated blogs and people are registering their breed horses.  The central site is called Equus sims.

http://www.equus-sims.com/

You may want to have your Arabians registered and register a formal stable name.

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« Reply #42 on: October 22, 2011, 06:28:39 PM »
Ooh, cool, I'll go there now. Thank you very much!!!!

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #43 on: October 22, 2011, 07:24:40 PM »
I think I'll build a decent ranch tomorrow to (cross)breed unicorns.
My current lot is a bit messy, 64x64 with a tiny house in the middle.. I love the house but it doesn't really give me space for a proper bar and training area's.
After that I need a black male unicorn.. To breed with 2 full-blood unicorns.
And a place to blog/log the whole addiction  :P
I think it would be cool to "register" every foal/horse, with their traits, trophy's and prizes they are sold for.

Would it be financially better to sell foals or adult horses?


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« Reply #44 on: October 22, 2011, 08:18:29 PM »
Lizzy ... after much experimentation I trigger foals to adult status, then train them until their status is 'trained.' Also, I usually work with the foals sufficiently to give them three positive traits. When this is done I sell them. I realize that I could get much more by training their racing and jumping skills to 10, but I've come to the conclusion this isn't cost effective based on my current operations. With the limitation of having only six pets on a lot, I've got to turn my foals quickly so I can keep my broodmares producing regularly. My 'adult' foals sell on average for 11K.

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I've created a blog for my Sim farm at http://saracenfarm.blogspot.com/

I hope a lot of us committed horsepeople will create blogs so we can continue to follow each other.

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« Reply #45 on: October 22, 2011, 11:16:00 PM »
Ok, I'm totally not a horse person, so far I've only worked with cats/dogs and birds.  But this looks like a lot of fun!  Gettin' ready to start my horse ranch!

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« Reply #46 on: October 23, 2011, 12:29:24 AM »
Oh, do, AriaGirl. I guess I've played every profession and gone for every LTW in Sims 3, and I was getting well burnt out on the game until Pets arrived. Now because I'm working with horses and have any number of long-term goals beyond those provided in-game I'm more enthralled than ever. My human Sim just made her LTW -- Jockey -- and it meant very little to me because I have so many other things I'm striving for.

I guess what I'm most tired of is the monotony -- packing sims off to rabbit hole workplaces, watching sims make endless portraits, or nodding off while a sim writes yet another romance novel -- and all the ridiculous (read pointless) opportunities -- gads. On my ranch it's very different -- you've got horses to breed, stallion services to sell, training, competitions to enter, and of course the tending to animals; plus there are NO silly, unrealistic opportunities. There just is no time to get bored. I can't wait to put in a garden and produce my own horse food. Plus, I'm very into my Sim (she's the one most like me that I've yet created) and the whole roleplaying thing. As a celebrated trainer and rider it's very important that she be in good physical condition, so I've been trying to shoe-horn in time for working out. There's just a lot going on. I totally love the Pets expansion.

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #47 on: October 23, 2011, 03:34:22 AM »
I can't find how to stop ageing?  When I went into options to try i found the 'enable ageing' is ticked and grayed out so I can't untick it?


Lizzy, I have wondered if it's an options to build a new house in the corner and delete the original house? [moving across all fittings first of course]  I haven't tried it so don't know, but would be interested to find hear if anyone has?

Today's challenge for me is to enter my first race :D

MaryMarsh I'm off to read your blog now. I love that you did one for us to follow, thank you.

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« Reply #48 on: October 23, 2011, 04:05:47 AM »
I would love to hear the life story of the best foal born in your stables.  It would make a great story- including all the details of the comings and goings of the stable and it's daily ups and downs.  Maybe your sim could find someone to help them run the stable too?  :)

Just a thought- you already have the setting and the story happening there- isn't there that one special foal that you just cannot part with?

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« Reply #49 on: October 23, 2011, 07:35:20 AM »
Wow, I really love your ranch!! Because of you, I've started my own and I love it! It's difficult though, to have a maximum of only six horses.
I'm certainly going to read your blog, looking forward to it too! Now, back to my game.

 

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