To access training, click the links from your stable overview page.
Training Schedules allows you to save schedules for your stable/horses. If your horse has a schedule selected, they will train on that day unless you delete their schedule. (They will be auto-trained, if you do not login and train them…see below).
Workouts allows you to select the workouts for your horses, and have your horses workout. You can select up to 3 activities per workout, as well as a jockey, level of effort, track, and equipment.
Each stable may have up to 5 saved schedules for their stable. Each horse may have 1 saved schedule at a time - either a stable schedule or their own personal schedule.
Walk: 1/2 mile - 2 miles
Jog: 1/2 mile - 5 miles
Canter: 1/2 mile - 5 miles
Gallop: 1/2 mile - 3 miles
Breeze: 1 - 6 furlongs
20% - to use when recovering from injury, etc
50% - holding the horse back significantly from its normal pace
70% - holding the horse back slightly from its normal pace
100% - letting the horse run at its normal pace
110% - urging the horse beyond its normal pace (breezing, etc.)
Flat horses can train on dirt or turf. Steeplechasers can train with jumps (they will only jump if galloping or breezing) or without.
Horses may get injured while training. Several factors will go into whether a horse gets injured, including maturity, energy/fitness, track (if muddy or they’re jumping), etc.
For now, all horses will train at the track where they last raced. Once shipping is in place, horses will train at whatever track they are stabled at. (Training will not be available if horses are at the farm.)
Any results from workouts done at a breeze will be available for all members to view. Horses that train on the same day/track will be ranked in order of time (per furlong).
Even breezing, horses may or may not achieve the same speed that would occur in a race.
To be added later…
2-year olds (and/or any unraced horse) will need to pass a gate test before they will be allowed to race. Gate training will greatly improve your horse’s chance to pass a gate test. Gate tests may not be done more often than 2x/month.
2-Year Old Training:
2-year olds will not be allowed to train for distances longer than 2 miles (total for the workout). 2-year old gallops will be limited to 8 furlongs.
Horses will like/dislike their workout. This, in turn, will affect their mood/confidence. When they race, the average of all of the workout results since the last race will be used to determine the horse?s mood going into the race (i.e. better workouts will mean a happier horse, who may be more successful than normal, and vice-verse).
If you are unwilling/unable to login frequently to train your horses, they will be trained for you if they have a schedule saved. This training will be much more limited/less customized than doing training yourself, as the program will not know/care that the horse hated 8f last time out and should try 6f this time. (If you go in and change that by hand, however, the program will train the horse at 6f until further notice.) Auto-training will select random values for jockey and track (dirt/turf or jumps/no jumps), and all horses will train at 100% effort level with no equipment.
You will be able to select from the available jockeys to exercise your horse. Each jockey/horse combo has 2 factors: happiness & experience. Happiness indicates how well the horse/jockey get along together, and experience indicates how well they know each other. A horse paired with a jockey it likes and knows well will likely perform better, both in training and in races (and vice-verse).
The jockey will give you feedback after a workout. It will vary for each workout, but could cover pretty much any stat the GOT provides. However, jockey feedback is strongly correlated to how much experience that jockey has with the horse (see above), so take their feedback with a grain of salt! (They also give feedback on how experienced they are with the horse, to give you a guide on how trustworthy/knowledgeable they are.)
It is recommended to vary your horse’s training (either by hand or by frequently changing the schedule settings). Not only will this keep your horse happy/interested, but it is more likely to improve their overall condition and ability. (Consider a weight-training program - doing the same exercise over and over gets very boring, and your body gets used to it and no longer responds very well.)
It is recommended that for every 7 day period, your horse gets 3-4 days off/non-speed workouts (i.e. rest, or 1mi jog), 1-2 speed workouts/breezes, and 1-2 non-speed distance workouts (i.e. 3mi canter).
Features to add:
- Track condition updating daily
- Ability to edit stable/horse schedules
- Ranking of horses (based on times for breezing, grouped by track)
- Option to view all workouts from a given day
- Gate training/gate tests
- Jump trials