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Color Genes
[Aa/AA]
Agouti
This gene restricts black pigment to a horse's lower legs, mane, and tail. This means that while a chestnut horse can carry the dominant Agouti gene, the bay coloration will only be visible on a horse that carries one extension gene.

If a horse is recessive for the agouti gene they will appear black if they carry one dominant E gene, if the horse is recessive for both extension and agouti they will appear chestnut.
[Ee/EE] Extension This gene is responsible for deciding whether the horse will be red or black. A horse with at least one extension gene and one agouti gene will result in a variation of bay.

Horses that are homozygous for Extension will produce foals that have bay or black based coats and will never produce a chestnut foal.
[Gg/GG]
Grey
This gene is responsible for a whitish or roan look on horses. When first born horses usually appear solid in color but as they age they will lose their original pigment as the whitish hairs grow in. Horses on FFH may grey out slow, moderately or fast depending upon the gene they received.

Homozygous greys will always produce grey offspring. Grey will also override any other coat color, so make sure to look at the genes!
[CRcr/CRCR] Cream This gene is an incomplete dominant. This means that a single dominant allele will have a different effect than two dominant alleles. If one copy of the cream gene is active, it produces a beautiful golden pigment (buckskins/palominos) or dilutes a black horse's coat slightly to a more brown look (smoky black).

If two cream genes are active on a horse it produces a double dilute (perlino, cremello, smoky cream). Horses that are homozygous for cream will always produce buckskin, palomino, or smoky black offspring.
[Rr/RR]
Roan
This gene causes white hairs to grow into the normal coat of a horse while leaving the head, legs, mane and tail a solid color. This is not to be confused with grey! Horses on FFH that are homozygous for roan will always produce roan offspring and appear more white on the body. Horses with one copy of the gene can still appear roan as either light or moderate.
[Dd/DD]
Dun
This gene is responsible for "primitive"-like markings on a horse. You can tell a horse is a dun by its dorsal stripe, leg barring, shoulder stripe, ear barring, forehead spider-webbing, and a face mask. Horses that are homozygous for dun will always produce dun offspring.
[Zz/ZZ]
Silver
This gene causes the mane and tail of a horse to appear light in color despite its actual coat color, giving it a striking appearance. Highly sought after, these horses usually tend to sell high.

To maintain silver rarity, Lethal Silver Syndrome was introduced. Breeding two silver horses together can result in a dead foal, an injured mare, or both. Breeding two silvers together is not recommended!

Chestnut based horses (chestnut, palomino, red dun, etc) will not express a silver coat! They will however still carry the silver gene and then potentially be able to pass it on to offspring.
[CHch/CHCH]
Champagne
This gene is responsible for lightening a horse's coat similar to the cream gene. Although similar to the cream and dun dilutions, the Champagne gene has certain characteristics that distinguish it from other dilutions, such as having mottled or pink skin near its eyes and mouth. They also have hazel eyes.

To maintain Champagne rarity, Lethal Champagne Syndrome has been introduced recently. Breeding two champagne horses together can result in a dead foal, an injured mare, or both. Breeding two champagnes together is not recommended!
[Ff/FF]
Fae
This gene is exclusive to the Goldblood breed. This gene produces the colors known as Rose, Lilac, Sylph, and Morpho, which show up on red-based, bay-based, and black-based horses respectively.

Fae also come in three shades, Bright, Dusk and their base shade for each color. All homozygous Fae will be Bright. Although it is dominant over (and will not show) Cream, Dun, or Champagne, all three versions can visually show characteristics of Silver, Roan, or Grey.

Each color corresponds to a different base: Rose is Red-Based, Lilac is Bay-Based, Sylph is Black-Based with Cream, and Morpho is Black-Based.
Crossing Colors
Color transference on FFH is not as straight-forward as real life. Crossing a single cream to a non-cream will not make it 50% cream and 50% non-cream chance, the chance of getting an uncommon or rare color is lower. The current rarest color is champagne followed by silver and dun.
Reloading Horse Pages
All horses need to have images reloaded at 2 years old to show their adult coat and markings. Greys need to have their images reloaded YEARLY. A red message will appear once a yearling ages up to two years old that will have a button that you can click in order to see their adult coats. This will show up yearly for grey horses.
What are Modifiers?
Modifiers are genes that have multiple alleles present that are (usually) co-dominant to one another. A horse with a modifier will usually display a trait that is distinctly different from a horse without a modifier. The presence of an "m" means a modifier is present on one allele. An "M" means it is present on both alleles. In most cases, the modifier must be present on all dominant alleles in the gene to show up.

In other words, a homozygous gene must have an "M" modifier to be impacted by it, while a heterozygous gene only needs an "m" modifier. A modifier can also be attached to a recessive gene. In those cases, the horse is typically a carrier - meaning the modifier is not visually present but can be passed on.
Modifiers
Extension+M1 Extension with a(n) M1 modifier turns the coat to a Flaxen Chestnut. The gene expresses itself by making the mane and tail lighter on a chestnut coat.
Extension+M2 Extension with a(n) M2 modifier turns the coat to a Liver Chestnut. The gene expresses itself by making the coat a reddish-darkbrown appearance, though not to be mistaken for a dark bay!
Agouti+M1 Agouti with a(n) M1 modifier turns the coat into a Dark Bay.
Agouti+M2 Agouti with a(n) M2 modifier turns the coat into a Wild Bay. This gene expresses itself by restricting most of the black pigment only to the horses' fetlock. Normal bays and dark bays the black pigment reaches all the way to the knee-caps.
Grey+M1 Grey with a(n) M1 modifier turns the coat into a Fleabitten Grey. Fleabitten greys have red speckling through-out its coat giving its namesake appearance.

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Alex (#165)
06/24/22 12:09 am
Some of the Goldblood mares in the Select Sale Auction were consigned incorrectly. They have now been fixed and may be bid on again!
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06/12/22 9:06 pm
Per community feedback, some updates have been made to the YA. See recent news post or Consign page for more information. Yearlings may also eat Alfalfa Cubes now.
Issa (#1)
06/12/22 6:15 pm
Suggested Grade has been updated to reflect recent PRs when a horse has finished races within the current year. This will make it a more accurate representation of what grade a horse should perform best in.
Issa (#1)
06/09/22 1:46 pm
You may now purchase up to 200 partnerships in yearlings each year. This is an increase from the former limit of 60.
Issa (#1)
06/06/22 8:28 pm
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Issa (#1)
06/06/22 6:06 pm
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Issa (#1)
06/03/22 1:52 pm
The Golden Apple Orchard now offers Heir's Crowns.
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06/02/22 8:59 pm
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Issa (#1)
06/02/22 7:39 pm
Beginning in Y50, the maximum racing age will be reduced to 10. Horses 11 years and older will be ineligible to enter races and automatically retired from racing.
Issa (#1)
05/27/22 12:18 pm
The color scale for Rest and Morale has been adjusted to include a blue indicator for the most ideal range, making it easier for those who can't see exact % to manage racing and training.
Issa (#1)
05/20/22 7:28 pm
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05/02/22 11:53 am
As part of our 30 (60) Days of Flowers, I will be painting every flower onto a postcard. If you'd like a chance at receiving a postcard, provide your address through this form. Recipients will be drawn randomly for each flower and each person may only be chosen once. You do not need to be inside the US to sign up.
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05/02/22 11:47 am
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04/30/22 12:22 pm
Final reminder: The Spring Fling sale ends sometime tomorrow!
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04/26/22 10:59 am
Registration is now open for May Board Game Arena tournaments. Registration information can be found in #tournament-info on Discord.
Issa (#1)
04/21/22 2:09 pm
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04/18/22 4:58 pm
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04/18/22 4:40 pm
You may now purchase custom Goldbloods again.
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04/18/22 3:43 pm
Race Preferences may now be set to include Any Tracks, which will show races at tracks from all regions.
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04/18/22 10:44 am
Have you checked the forum lately? A spiffy new contest for Standardbreds is kicking off this year!
Issa (#1)
04/18/22 10:36 am
Training is now available for all horses.
Issa (#1)
04/17/22 6:14 pm
Distances and home tracks may now be assigned to Goldbloods.
Issa (#1)
04/17/22 4:39 pm
The Spring Fling Pro Shop sale has started! For every 3 PC purchased, earn 1 free! There's also a variety of fun and rare items stocked in the Pro Shop.
Issa (#1)
04/17/22 3:36 pm
Training Assistant and Jockey purse fees have been updated and can be viewed on their respective pages. You may also begin to hire assistants at Endurance tracks.
Flash (#2)
04/16/22 6:08 pm
Training will be temporarily unavailable at the start of January. Steeplechase transition for Goldbloods will also be inaccessible.
Issa (#1)
04/10/22 2:09 pm
Gelding buddies from the HT are temporarily available at reduced prices. Prices will return to normal in March Y49.
Issa (#1)
04/09/22 5:44 pm
All race preferences will now be reset when a horse is sold, leased, auctioned, or claimed.
Issa (#1)
04/09/22 5:15 pm
Driving Trials do not factor in Colt Composure or Filly Power. This applies to all current and future DT-related races.
Issa (#1)
04/09/22 3:05 pm
Groundwork for racers and Long Gallops have been improved with added benefits. More details will be in an upcoming news post as these changes may impact how you start 2 year olds in January.
Issa (#1)
04/09/22 12:41 pm
Gold Loot Crates have been reimbursed with Crystal Chalices and Green Loot Crates have been reimbursed with Classic Surprise Boxes. Apologies this update has been much delayed!
Waylon (#1593)
04/08/22 7:51 pm
The SS Yearling Raffle will begin at 8:30pm FFH time on Discord!
Issa (#1)
04/07/22 11:20 pm
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Maeve (#1539)
04/07/22 9:08 pm
April Art to Heart is open! Our prompt this month is Blossom! Respond to the prompt to earn features and prizes. Check out our discord or the link HERE for more info!
Issa (#1)
03/31/22 11:07 am
Invites for the April BGA tournament must be requested by tomorrow, Friday, morning! Tournaments start Friday night.
Issa (#1)
03/19/22 11:15 am
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Issa (#1)
03/13/22 12:02 pm
The Y48 Yearling Sales are open for consignment!
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03/12/22 4:14 pm
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Issa (#1)
03/12/22 4:04 pm
Beginning in Y49, Goldbloods will no longer be sharing races with Thoroughbreds. More details on what's coming for the breed will be announced closer to that time.
Issa (#1)
03/12/22 2:10 pm
Retired Quarter Horses, Paint Horses and Standardbreds no longer suffer from extra Condition loss until they are 20 years or older.
Maeve (#1539)
03/10/22 6:46 pm
March Art to Heart art event is now open! Respond to a provided prompt and earn prizes and features! Check out our discord or the link HERE for more information!
Issa (#1)
02/28/22 11:00 pm
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02/25/22 10:36 pm
March Board Game Arena tournaments are open for entering. Sign up for a chance to win prizes, including end-of-tournament raffles! Information can be found in the #board-game-arena channel on Discord.
Issa (#1)
02/19/22 12:31 pm
Roses are red, violets are blue... The lovely and talented Raz (#1016) has made a new background for you! This may be a few days late, but you can still dress your horse up for an important date! Single and infinite Heart Bouquet backgrounds are currently available in the Pro Shop.
Issa (#1)
01/29/22 1:16 pm
As a reminder, you should not be reloading other players' 2 year olds. If they aren't reloaded yet, it's probably because the owner hasn't looked at them yet - don't ruin their surprise.
Issa (#1)
01/25/22 7:43 pm
Stud Services now has a breakdown of mares due in the current year and mares already covered for the upcoming year to make it easier to keep track of foal slots. Players can no longer accept breeding requests if total foals + mares in foal would exceed a stallion's foal limit.
Issa (#1)
01/25/22 7:41 pm
Spring now has a daily limit of 10 plays for monetary rewards (rather than $100,000). You may continue to play additional games to earn blackout raffle tickets.
Issa (#1)
01/24/22 11:06 pm
The Trophy Hall revamp is live! You can view it from your Stable profile page.
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01/24/22 1:45 pm
Due to a bug with Blood Type inheritance, some unretired horses may have a rerolled from their sire's BT to their dam's BT.
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01/23/22 7:14 pm
The February Be My Palentine Board Game Arena tournament is open for registration! Information can be found in #board-game-arena on Discord.
Issa (#1)
01/22/22 5:16 pm
Training will be temporarily unavailable after tonight's rollover into the new year.