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]

All horses have an ideal body score,

-Pregnant Mares should be kept at a hearty 5-6

-Foals and Yearlings do best at 4-5

-Adult horses also do okay at a 5 but are best at a 4

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. 

It is important not to feed your horse too much, try to stick to feeding higher nutritional value feeds and use the smaller values as fillers. Feeding too much in volume can cause colic in some horses. This can be different in each horse so be cautious!

Exercise does effect the body score! The more exercise the horse gets, the more feed you should give, 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. 

Some feeds are made specifically for certain events such as pregnant or nursing mares, foals or horse that needs a little health boost!

Feed Types

(Each number of points is what one “cup” (piece) of grain is.)

Feed NamePointsDescription
Basic Trotter Feed0.16Basic feed, nothing special.
Hay Pellets0.12Adds a little extra to your horse’s meal!
Sweet Feed0.20A heavier feed type.
Minevite0.17A healthy, hearty option.
Sport Feed0.20A healthy option for athletic horses.
Weight Boost0.35Helps pack on pounds.
Mare-Care0.0Helps ensure a healthy foal.
Foal Mix0.12Feed once weaned from dam.
Immune Boost0.0Used to keep away illnesses, not to gain points.
Apple0.11A treat for once in a while!
Carrot0.10A healthy treat for once in a while!
Sugar Cube0.11A treat for once in a while!

Immune Boost

Immune Boost is like a supplement, since it adds no nutritional value but can aid in protecting and lessening the chances of contracting a contagious illness. This is recommended by Veterinarians to help evacuate an illness and help your horses feel better, faster!

Mare-Care

Mare-Care feed should only be fed to pregnant mares, this feed is important to feed during a pregnancy to ensure a smooth pregnancy and birth!

Foal Mix

Foal Mix is given to yearlings once they are weaned off their mothers. Over feeding a young horse can cause serious issues as their digestive system is more sensitive than and adult horse.

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. Although, complications due to being over fed have the ability to kill the horse. So, no, overfeeding directly will not kill the horse, but side effects of over feeding may have a bad effect on your horse.

Can customs die? 

Customs cannot die! Customs are made immortal during spawning, but you should still keep them at a healthy weight. Customs do not get ill, but their body condition can change if not fed, or over fed. 

How do we feed them?

We have 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, the foal does not need extra feed. From days 7-14, the foal will lose .60 points per day without feed. During these last 7 days until you can start riding, it should get 5 cups of Foal Mix per 24 hours. After day 14, the foal will now eat just like an adult horse, losing .80 points per day without feed.

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 12 blocks of the horse for it to gain hydration. Once a day, the closest bucket to a horse should go down â…“ 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. 

** If you need help, refer back to this forum, or ask for help in game!**

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