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Feeding Information 3 months ago
The feeding plugin will come out after 3.0!

Feeding

Feeding is an important part of owning a horse. Feeding the right grains, and the right amount will ensure a healthy and happy horse. There are many different types of feed.

In real life, equestrians use whats called a Body Condition Scale/Score (Often referred to as the BCS). This score helps you keep track of how healthy your horse is. This scale is between the numbers zero and nine. Keeping track of your horse's body condition score is very important to maintaining your horse's health.

Body Condition Scale:

-Very Obese [9]
-Obese [8]
-Overweight [7]
-Fleshy [6]
-Mild fleshy [5]
-Healthy [4]
-Mild Thin [3]
-Thin [2]
-Underweight [1]
-Extremely underweight [0]

When the feeding plugin comes into play, every horse's score will begin at a 4 (Healthy) every 24 hours, the score will drop by .80. That means, the next day, your horse will have a score of 3.20. Your job as a horse owner is to replenish what the horse loses. 

We have created many different types of feeds to suit what the horse's needs are! Each type of feed adds a certain amount of points to the score. 

Feed Types
(Each number of points is what one "cup" (piece) of grain is.)
 
Feed Name Points Description
Basic Trotter Feed 0.16 Basic feed, nothing special.
Hay Pellets 0.12 Adds a little extra to your horse's meal!
Sweet Feed 0.20 A heavier feed type.
Minevite 0.17 A healthy, hearty option.
Sport Feed 0.20 A healthy option for athletic horses.
Weight Boost 0.35 Helps pack on pounds.
Mare-Care 0.32 Helps keep a brood mare a healthy weight, and ensure a healthy foal.
Foal Mix 0.12 Feed while still nursing on dam
Immune Boost 0.0 Used to keep away illnesses, not to gain points.
Apple 0.11 A treat for once in a while!
Carrot 0.10 A healthy treat for once in a while!
Sugar Cube 0.11 A treat for once in a while!

Pasture Time
Horses can gain weight while on pasture! As long as they are standing on grass, they will gain 0.07 points per hour! No! You cannot leave your horse on pasture 24/7 as they will gain points very quickly, so be careful leaving them on pasture!


Knowing how to add and subtract decimals will greatly help you feed your horses properly. Finding the right feeding schedule for your time will be key to taking care of your horses. Get all the help you can! Hire stablehands, or offer a Co-Op boarding position. Co-op boarding means that you and a boarder share the duties of feeding and caring for horses daily.

Can horses die from not being fed?
With the feeding plugin, if a horse is left with a body condition score of zero for over six weeks, the horse will die. The 6 week count starts as soon as the body condition score hits zero. 

Can horses die from being over fed?
With the feeding plugin, horses will not die from being over fed. On the contrary, once the vet plugin comes out in about 6 weeks, complications due to being over fed have the ability to kill the horse.

Can customs die? 
In the feeding plugin, they will be able to. If you think that your customs might die due to under feeding, please feed them. 

How do we feed them?
Our wonderful developer has made a great system. Matty has created a 3D feed bowl. You place the grain into the bowl, and the horse will eat it every 24 hours at a time when the server is not busy to prevent lag. The feed bowl must be close to the horse, or else it will not find it to eat.

How do I feed pregnant mares?
Pregnant mares should be kept on the chubby side, so a body score of 5-6 will be ideal. The lower or higher that the body scale is, the more of a chance that the mare may have complications during the pregnancy. Mare-Care should always be fed during pregnancy and until the foal has been weaned, since the mare will still be providing nutrition for the foal.

How do I feed my foal? 
Until the foal can be ridden, it should be fed Foal Mix ONLY. During the first 7 days it is alive, it should get one cup of Foal Mix per 24 hours. The foal will lose .11 points per 24 hours. During the last 7 days until you can start riding, it should get two cups of Foal Mix per 24 hours. In the last 7 days until it is an adult, it will lose .24 points per 24 hours.

Watering

Water is also an essential to keeping a horse, because they need to to stay hydrated. Horses will have a very simple hydration scale. 

Hydration Scale

-Hydrated [5]
-Parched [4]
-Thirsty [3]
-In need of water [2]
-Dehydrated [1]

Horses MUST have a Horse Bucket filled with water. They are not able to drink out of lakes or rivers in the ground. Loose water in a trough made out of blocks will not work either. The water MUST be in the horse bucket within 75 blocks of the horse for it to gain hydration. Once a day, the closest bucket to a horse should go down ⅓ of the way. Each time the horse drinks, the hydration should go up one level.
Everyday the horse goes without water, the hydration decreases by .5.
Example: The horse starts at 5, one day without water equals 4.5. The horse reaches water, and the hydration level goes back up to 5.

Water can only be filled by a water source that has been paid for a registered on the plot (such as a well). You must use purchased iron buckets to fill horse buckets. 


**You and other players will get used to this plugin and find ways to make it work! I promise! If you need help, refer back to this forum, or ask for help in game!**







 
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Horse Care Guide 4 months ago
Hello! The time has come that I start informing you on the new Horse Care plugin. This post is meant to provide you with the information you need to keep your horses happy, and healthy!

With the plugin on the way, we want to make sure players are prepared to begin caring for their horses. This care includes regular vet visits, grooming and bathing, and feeding and hydrating. This particular forum guide is all about caring for your horse's appearance.

Horse Appearance

Horse appearance will be very important in the health category, but also competing regularly in shows. In disciplines like hunters, western pleasure, or in-hand classes, horse's are heavily judged on appearance. So keep your horses clean!

Soon I will be uploading an add-on texture pack with all new textured grooming tools and items. These items are to be purchased in a store that I will be opening when the add-on texture pack is released.

Here are all of the grooming and care items (New items are marked with a *)
-Shedding Blade*
-Sweat Scraper*
-Horse Shampoo*
-Comb*
-Hoof Pick
-Hard Brush
-Curry Comb
-Clippers
-Hoof Oil
-Showsheen
-Face Brush

Every horse will have a point-based appearance scale. Each item listed will add a specific amount of points to this scale. The highest score is 10 points. After 30 hours of not being groomed, the horse will lose a total of 6 appearance points equating to one point lost every five hours.

Below is a list of what items give how many points, and how to use them.
Shedding Blade: Adds 1 appearance point. The shedding blade must be right clicked three times on the horse.
Bathing: To bathe your horse, you must use 
three items (Bucket of Water, Horse Shampoo, and Sweat Scraper) within 3 minutes of each other to add 3 points. If one item is not used, after three minutes, you will need to start over for it to add the points.
Comb: Right click on horse with the comb twice. This adds 1 appearance point.

Hoof Pick: Right click on horse four times for each hoof. This adds 1 appearance point.
Hard Brush: Right click on the horse 15 times to add 2 appearance points.
Curry Comb: Right click o. the horse 8 times to add 1 appearance point.

Clippers: Right click on the horse 1 time to body clip the horse and add 2 appearance points.
ShowSheen: Right click on the horse 1 time with ShowSheen to add 1 appearance point.
Hoof Oil: Right click 4 times on the horse to apply Hoof Oil to add 1 appearance point.
Face Brush: Right click 1 time to brush the horse's face to add 1 appearance point
These items will be available for purchase at my new tack store. I will open the store when I release the texture pack. I am still adding a few items, so this may be updated in the future. Happy playing!

-Kelly

 
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