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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #75 on: October 23, 2011, 03:20:41 PM »
Cool,  another blog to watch!  ;D

My second foal was born and so exhausted there was no time to get it to a stall.


Here's my whole horse family now. I'm wondering if I'll need to add more stalls for when the foals age up to adult? I only have 4.


I didn't get my goal of a race. I'm not sure they're ready for it yet anyway. Racing skills are either level 5 or 6 for the adult horses and sim.  Also I added a basement with pool and exercise equipment, but my sim hasn't even been down there yet. 3 sim days and counting, I'm wondering when she'll notice the stairs. hahaha.

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #76 on: October 23, 2011, 04:15:03 PM »
Here's my start

http://magicalbreedings.blogspot.com/

There is no introduction and stuff yet but I have to sell a horse so I had to start so I wouldn't loose information.
Also I still have to check the spelling of some terms :P






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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #77 on: October 23, 2011, 04:22:44 PM »
I absolutely love your blog theme!  Your new baby is adorable too!

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #78 on: October 23, 2011, 04:30:25 PM »
Wow the way things are going you guys are gonna need your own section on the forums!  I think you are all so clever to be starting blogs left right and centre.  Am reading all with interest.  Maybe we should ask Pam if the stables blog links can be gathered together somewhere?

Thanks for making sims more fun.

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #79 on: October 23, 2011, 04:33:22 PM »
I absolutely love your blog theme!  Your new baby is adorable too!

Thanks :D
I use Artisteer 3 for my blogs, I'm not a pro with it, but satisfied with my results..
I have 2 more unicorn crossbreeds, one from an Appaloosa which looks a bit like Pepper :D
But I want to make all crossbreeds downloadable as a household with a rider. So it takes a little more time to get those unicorns on my blog as well. Because I want to test every household I put up for download... (Because they have lifetime rewards too)
Creating the rider at the moment, and getting her to lvl 10 Riding skill...

Plus I love to link back to other farms :D I linked Mary's so far, if you have a link for me when you started yours I'll add yours too Simfulicious :D


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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #80 on: October 23, 2011, 04:49:18 PM »
OMG ... Lizzy ... that baby is completely precious!!!

Very cool blog. Do you feel like your ranch is taking on a life of it's own?

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #81 on: October 23, 2011, 04:50:12 PM »
Can you link outside of blogspot?  Because I am using wordpress.

The link itself is:  http://www.emeralddownsstables.wordpress.com

EDIT:  Yes, you can link between blogspot and wordpress, you are both linked  :D



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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #82 on: October 23, 2011, 04:55:59 PM »
I just added both of your farms to my links.

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #83 on: October 23, 2011, 05:05:47 PM »
OMG ... Lizzy ... that baby is completely precious!!!

Very cool blog. Do you feel like your ranch is taking on a life of it's own?

Thanks  ;D
Without static needs I'm freaking out. It's all about the horses. Training, training, training, and sorting out who can Whoohoo with who, a horse can't try for a foal with her "stepfather stud".
And since I only have Female unicorns so far, and only 2 out of 4 are pretty(read pale) enough to get foals.  ::)
But it's a very nice thing to do.


I've added you too simfulicious :D

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #84 on: October 23, 2011, 05:34:46 PM »
Loving that you all are starting blogs and looking forward to watching those with interest.

How on earth do you find time to care for and train the horses AND look after a garden? When I tried at the beginning everything died or the horses were deprived of training. I could not manage both so deleted the garden again. I hated deleting it, but the horses come first. I don't know how ot manage both at once.  Also very impressed in the way you're all developing it as a business. I don't think I have a business head. I just kind of go with the flow and muddle along for money. I have no idea how much she's earned as I tend to spend it on improvements [apart from a float for living expenses of course].

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #85 on: October 23, 2011, 05:35:47 PM »
Going to have to scrap my Ranch. I aimed to high to early and ended up with this posh establishment that was useless.
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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #86 on: October 23, 2011, 06:08:14 PM »
Just a few International trophies (gold ones at left). I could have taken the easy way out and gone back to advanced races, but it wasn't enough of a challenge  :-\


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Scenic is now a Champion Racehorse, with 1 advanced win and 14 international wins. His foals will be worth a lot more money.

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #87 on: October 23, 2011, 07:09:37 PM »
Also very impressed in the way you're all developing it as a business. I don't think I have a business head.

From real life experience, I kind of guessed it would be expensive to start up; so, I capitalized 500K simoleans at startup. I repaid that and got back up to 1M, then invested heavily in a covered arena for the Regional Equestrian Facility (now the Appaloosa County Hunt Club). That cost me 200K, which was mostly unnecessary, but I wanted to build the arena.


By marylcmarsh at 2011-10-23

The Hunt Club features complete indoor training facilities and has a second-floor viewing area, where visitors can luncheon and enjoy viewing training while completely sheltered from Appaloosa County's harsh winters and scorching summers.

Since upgrading the Training Facility, I've concentrated on competitions. Each international win nets me 2800 simoleans. As Scenic is now a Champion Racehorse, I've retired him from racing and he will be siring foals exclusively for a while, until we get the energy to make him a Jumping Star. Again, instead of entering in Advanced competitions, we'll enter only in International ones. It's a harder road, of course, but I think it will add to Scenic's prestige (and my bragging rights  :D ). LOL

Update: Scenic's two most recent foals sold for §18,240 and §18,123.

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #88 on: October 23, 2011, 09:41:25 PM »
I think everything you guys are doing is so awesome.  I'm not a horse person.  I've always been interested in horses but never had the opportunity to get up close and personal with them.

I think it would be great if one of you could up with a project for the board.  I enjoy reading how all of you are doing things, especially now that I had to uninstall Pets.
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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #89 on: October 23, 2011, 09:57:49 PM »
This whole process is soooo cool! I'm hoping to get the pets expansion very soon, I really want to try this out! :D
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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #90 on: October 23, 2011, 10:37:06 PM »
Just had my first encounter with a unicorn. He appeared next to my barn and I told him to 'stop doing that' and shood him away. Don't want nasty unicorn blood mixing with my purebreds. LOL

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #91 on: October 24, 2011, 02:57:12 AM »
Just had my first encounter with a unicorn. He appeared next to my barn and I told him to 'stop doing that' and shood him away. Don't want nasty unicorn blood mixing with my purebreds. LOL

LOL, you must be the first Simmer to turn a Unicorn away!  ;D

I asked Pam where I should put my Ranch Tale, since I want to document what I do but it isn't a story, if you know what I mean? I didn't want to hijack your thread either Mary with my own stuff and confuse your readers, Pam said for now to post it in the Pets board and if so it can be moved later on. So first I have to start again, not happy with my other attempt, way too "Rich Families Posh Stables" for a working Ranch. I'm thinking I'm going to do Shire Horses, there are tonnes around where I live, Farming County.  ;)
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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #92 on: October 24, 2011, 07:34:14 AM »
samoht04 ... no worries. Believe it or not, I've never been a big-time forum type person. I just got tired of playing in isolation and wanted to share what I was doing. I've really loved reading about what you guys are doing with your ranches.

My sim, Abbie, is getting lonely; so, I'm going to create a male sim who'll live nearby. He'll also be a horseperson, with a stallion and a couple of broodmares. I'll try to cross socialize not only he and Abbie, but their horses as well. Gonna see if I can extend Scenic's progeny to a neighboring lot.  ;D

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #93 on: October 24, 2011, 10:48:16 AM »
My sim, Abbie, is getting lonely; so, I'm going to create a male sim who'll live nearby. He'll also be a horseperson, with a stallion and a couple of broodmares. I'll try to cross socialize not only he and Abbie, but their horses as well. Gonna see if I can extend Scenic's progeny to a neighboring lot.  ;D

Does this mean you'll play both files? Is it possible to play 2 files that run along the same timeline? Now I'm even more interested in hearing how you do if that's possible  ;D

I have decided I don't like having to work for a living. I really missed playing today! Now to go make up for it, and I was thinking of restarting too.  Now that I have a little more knowledge on what horse care is so I can do it correct from the start, I want to try a different breed cos I feel like I'm copying you, MaryMarsh [which is exactly what I did, copying to the best of my ability, which isn't a patch on what you can do] So I'm going to look for a different one to that the rest of you have picked and just see how the breed affects the play. I would love to do a ranch for riding lessons, like for children and disabled to learn and experience caring for a horse, but that's not an option in sims pets. I shall just dream on. haha.

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #94 on: October 24, 2011, 12:08:44 PM »
I have been so smart to forget that unicorns can't be sold  :-\
So I have to set them free into the wild to continue breeding...

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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #95 on: October 24, 2011, 12:28:21 PM »
 :o Oh that's a huge snag to your plans.  Are you going to choose another horse breed instead?

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« Reply #96 on: October 24, 2011, 12:35:58 PM »
Lesley ... I tried playing both families, and they interracted fine, but it was a pain in the butt switching back and forth. I finally married Abbie to her new love and they are living on the original ranch. The new husband's name is Clint Brown. He had one Appaloosa mare who also joined the household. The Appaloosa mare, Jemima, is currently in foal to Scenic.

Would be sweet if EA could create a dual client so we could control more than one household at one time.

Scenic is back in competion again -- doing International show jumping en route to his Jumping Star title (a component of his jumping skill). He just won his second International show jumping competition. The space I allocated for trophies is filled up; so, I've packed all the Advanced and Beginner trophies in a tomb trunk and only have the International ones on display.

My next challenge will be to get Ciint, Abbie, and their respective horses to the Equine Center and do simultaneous competitions.

I'm still really happy with my original ranch. The house is more than adequate for a married couple and child (and I made provision for a staircase for a second floor should I decide for more than one child). Not sure I can cope with all the horses and children too. Even with Clint helping with the stock, it'll still be quite the juggling act to keep everything on the ranch humming.

All of Abbie's riding skills are maxed and I'll be working on Clint's skills. He's already a level-10 rider. With 5 horses on the lot there's only one spot left for foals, so I'm going to sell off Sabrina -- she glitches whenever I try to ride her off the lot, so she's the logical choice. One of my long-term goals in the game was to cross a color breed with my Arabians and that's why I'm keeping Jemima (the Appaloosa mare). Here's a photo of her.


By marylcmarsh at 2011-10-24

Jemima's conformation and head are fine for an Appaloosa, but I want to stamp the Arabian look on her foals while retaining the coloring. In real life, one of the most beautiful horses I've ever seen is a 7/8 Arabian with Appaloosa markings. Jemima has the classic Appy blanket on her rump.


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Re: My Horse Ranch/Breeding Program
« Reply #97 on: October 24, 2011, 12:41:42 PM »
:o Oh that's a huge snag to your plans.  Are you going to choose another horse breed instead?

I'll keep breeding unicorns, and use the "failed foals" (horses instead of unicorns) to sell :)
I've got Pepper ready as a download with a rider, and as a pet in CAS mode.
But I'll be visiting a friend tonight so no time right now to post it on my blog  ;D




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« Reply #98 on: October 24, 2011, 12:57:37 PM »
Lizzy ... don't feel bad. I didn't know you couldn't sell Unicorns. I haven't really paid attention to them because I'm trying to play the game more straight up, without all the silliness and fantasy. (ABSOLUTELY no indictment on the game or those who are into unicorns, magic, and such.)

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« Reply #99 on: October 24, 2011, 01:32:36 PM »
Here is the result of crossing Scenic with Jemima (half Arabian/Appaloosa). I named her Brendisi. Abbie's husband, Clint, is in the background.


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