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Quick Start Guide | Members | Establishments | Horses | Training & Competing | Disciplines
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:bookmark_tabs: TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Naming
  2. Breeds & Pedigree
  3. Breeding
  4. Care of Horses
  5. Editing Horses
  6. Humane Society
  7. Buybacks & Co-ownership
  8. Statuses of Horses
  9. :link: Members: Year End Awards
  10. Hall of Fame [Frozen]
  11. Importing & Exporting
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No OTB horse should have the same name and pedigree of any real life horse.
Horses cannot have the same registered name. Before deciding on a name for your new horse, you must search the site's current horses for the name. We also highly recommend searching the forum for that name, as it's possible someone has used the name in the past for a stable or rider and this might make searching for show results a pain. Please be sure to search your horse's name before deciding on it!

Horses may not be named after a celebrity, brand name, registered trademark, or another famous horse living or dead (but may have famous horses in their lineage). Horses may not use the prefixes or suffixes of real-life farms and breeding programs in their names. They are, however, accepted for use in pedigrees.

Do NOT name your horse Ghost. For more information why, see :link: Training & Competing: Hosting Events > Ghost Horses.

All real-life naming conventions are optional in On The Bit. If you want to use real-life naming conventions for a breed, you may do so as long as it is not breaking any of the above rules. This means that Zangersheides may exist in On The Bit but may not use the Z suffix (which is from the RL Zangersheide stud farm) as of August 15, 2016.

A horse’s name cannot be changed after they have been shown or bred, whichever comes first. Gamebred horses cannot have prefixes or suffixes removed, even if the breeder is no longer in On The Bit.
To view the comprehensive suffix/affix directory for On The Bit stables, see :link: the Affix Directory.
Curious about real life naming conventions? @Erika the admin and @maeve have shared, respectively, articles on :link: Warmblood naming and :link: Baroque naming.
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Breeds & Pedigree

No OTB horse should have the same name and pedigree of any real life horse.


Created horses are expected to use real-life horse bloodlines in On The Bit. The minimum requirement is real-life grandparents in your horse’s pedigree.

Special consideration will be given for exceptionally rare breeds with poor real-life studbooks. Contact the Admins via private message for questions about this.

No horse in On The Bit may have all-sim bloodlines because OTB is a closed game with no importing or exporting. For the 100% real grandparent rule, special consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to exceptionally rare breeds with poor stud bookkeeping in real life. Message an admin for questions related to rare bloodlines.

Crossbreeds and Getting a New Breed Added

Only crossbreeds with a real-life studbook are eligible for being added; types will not be allowed. Crossbreeds must be approved by a vote. Members who wish to introduce a new breed must post an article about the breed in the Library with a poll that ends in 7 days. If the poll has 10 yes votes before closing, the breed may be added to the game, pending final Admin approval.

:pushpin: As of August 2, 2018, there is an indefinite freeze on the addition of new breeds.
Once an approved crossbreed has been added, horses of that cross may only be bred with a breed that they are a cross from (e.g. an Arabian x Appaloosa can be bred with an Arabian or Appaloosa) or another horse of the same cross. The resulting foal will always be the approved crossbreed (e.g. ArAppaloosa).


If two different types of warmbloods are bred in-game, the resulting foal may be the breed of either parent at the discretion of the breeder.

Paint Horses

Crossing a Thoroughbred or Quarter Horse with a Paint Horse will result in the foal being a Paint Horse.
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The youngest a horse may breed is 3 years old. The gestation period is two weeks. A mare may only have one foal per birth year after she is 3 years old even if a surrogate is used. Mares may not compete while carrying a foal; stallions may compete at all times. Flat racers, steeplechasers and harness racers may not be bred until they are retrained or retired.

Breeding Limits

To preserve OTB's mature economy, all players are limited to 10 breedings per year. One breeding "spot" is deducted from the requestor's (AKA owner at birth) allotment when a breeding is approved and added to the Mares in Foal list. Everyone resets to 10 on January 1. You may not buy/sell/trade these: they are a limit, not credits. Please do not abuse the system by trying to find loopholes (e.g., requesting a foal for someone else short on "spots" that you never intended to own). You can see how many breedings you have left on the main site in the top lefthand corner.

Who is the Breeder

The person who requests a breeding and is therefore the owner at birth will 1) be recorded as the foal’s Breeder and 2) be charged one creation credit. If they are breeding the foal for someone else, they can transfer them the foal after creation and arrange to have a creation credit transferred to them via the bank manually.
For more information about creation credits, see :link: Members: Credits.
For more information on what being the breeder means, check out Horses: Buybacks & Co-ownership.

Mare Years

A mare may only have one foal per birth year after she is 3 years old even if a surrogate is used. Horses may not have twins or multiple foals in one birth year in On the Bit. The status of a mare’s foal (ie. Active vs Retired) does not affect the openness of a birth year - once registered, that birth year is taken unless a foal is speed aged (please note that gamebred foals from the same dam should still not share a birth year, regardless of speed aging).

For example, the mare Myrrh was born in 2006. Her youngest foal may be registered as born in 2009 (three years after she was born). This means she may not have a foal born in 2008 or earlier. She currently has the following foals:
  • Emyrrald born in 2010
    Pyrromaniac born in 2012
    Mithrril born in 2013
This means that any future foals may be born in 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016 or the actual current year. Myrrh cannot have any more foals in 2010, 2012 or 2013 even if a surrogate is used.

Use of Surrogates

Surrogate dams may be used so that the mare who is the foal’s dam may continue showing. The use of surrogates does not allow a dam to have more than one foal in any given birth year.

To use a surrogate, include their ID number in the breeding request. Surrogates may not compete while carrying the foal.

Pensioned mares are especially well suited to be surrogates. For more information on horse statuses such as Pensioned, see Horses: Status of Horses.


If a geldings has straws on his record, he can also be marked as Available for Breeding. When a gestation period ends, one straw will automatically be deduced from the sire’s record. For more information about gelding and obtaining straws, see Horses: Editing Horses.


Find Parents

Looking to breed a foal using someone else's stock? Check out the :link: Breeding Advertisements. If you do not own the sire or dam of the future foal, you must contact the appropriate owners in advance of requesting the breeding on the main website. Additionally, if you are not a licensed breeder, you should contact a breeder in advance to obtain sponsorship. Otherwise, use your own active, untrained, and pensioned stock as you fancy.


All breedings must be sponsored by a licensed Breeder (a player in the breeder pathway). Like horses in training, the licensed Breeder is expected to provide a foaling stall for the two-week duration of gestation. To check out active Breeders that can sponsor you, check out the :link: Breeder Showcase.

Decide on Stats

Review Horses: Naming and Horses: Breeds & Pedigree before deciding on your foal's stats. Additionally, take note of what you may be able to edit after the foal has been created by going over Horses: Editing Horses.

Request the Foal

To request the foal, the owner at birth (who will also be recorded as the breeder) should complete the Request Breeding form on the main website. If you see a reference to a Breeding Agreements subforum anywhere else, it has been replaced by this new form.
  • If you do not own the sire and/or/dam you are registering the foal for, their owners must update them to be Available for Breeding for them to appear in the appropriate dropdown list.

    The form will capture sire and dam on the first step. On the second step, it captures foal name, YOB, breed, gender, color, height, surrogate and sponsoring breeder.

    The form automatically checks for mares already in foal, foal birth years that have already been used, foal names already taken, as well as checking that the sire/dam are "Available for Breeding."

Do Your Part Then Wait

You can view your pending breeding requests on your My Breedings page. If you are a sponsoring breeder, you must accept or deny pending requests for the foal's gestation period to begin. If you are a sire/dam owner, you may deny a request before the sponsoring breeder approves it. If you are neither the sponsoring breeder or sire/dam owner, you must wait on the former to approve your request.

When the sponsoring breeder approves the foal, the gestation period begins and the mare owner receives a notification. The foal will also appear on the Mares in Foal page. Automatically at the end of the gestation period, your foal will be registered and placed in the requestor's name. At this time, the creation credit and a straw, if applicable, are deducted. You should arrange to manually send any stud/brood/sponsor fees.
No gamebred horse is born trained - all will be required to go through training to begin competing in more than in-hand classes. For more information on training, see :link: Training & Competing: Training.
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Care of Horses

As a member of On The Bits, you are required to provide select things for your horse(s). This post will outline the requirements for active and untrained horses. For more information on statuses of horses, see Horses: Statuses of Horses.

This guide partners to our :link: Members: Quarterly Check Ins guide, as you are asked to link to these records during Check Ins. For more information on how to track your records, see :link: Quick Start Guide: Other Record Keeping.

Health Care

Active and untrained horses require a basic check-up from a veterinarian at least every six months.
Active and untrained horses require a basic trim from a farrier every two months.

Please note that some veterinary and farrier services offer bundles where you may purchase a year’s worth of visits at once.

For more information on vet and farrier care for Humane Society adopted and fostered horses, see :link: Quick Start Guide: Finding Your First Horse.

You are required to record: name of vet, farrier, date of last visit, and horse(s) seen.


Active horses should have access to discipline-appropriate tack and equipment.

The minimum requirement is a saddle and bridle for riding horses and a harness/bridle for driving horses.

Further tack and equipment is at the discretion of the horse owner.

You are required to record: quantity of tack item(s). (Please be sure to use the items' technical names where applicable.)

In addition, you will be asked to report the number of saddles, bridles, and harnesses you own during Check Ins.


Every active and untrained horse must be boarded or live at an approved stable. For more information about finding a boarding barn, see :link: Quick Start Guide: Finding a Boarding Barn.

Stable owners are required to provide a stall for every active and untrained horse on the property at any given time. This includes horses visiting for sponsored breedings (for breeders), horses being boarded (for entrepreneurs), or horses in training (for trainers). This is in addition to a barn owner’s own horses' required stalls.

The licensed Breeder who sponsors the breeding of a new foal is expected to provide a foaling stall for the two-week duration of gestation. For more information on breeding, see :link: Breeding: How to Breed Horses.

Stalls are not required for visiting horses when hosting shows or races. For more information on what facilities are required for hosting events, please see :link: Training & Competing: Hosting Events.

You are required to record: quantity of facility items.

During Check Ins, stable owners will be asked to report their number of stalls.


You must at least supply feed for every active and untrained horse you are not boarding at a stable where feed is supplied.

Some boarding stables will provide feed for horses boarded.

There is no minimum requirement on amount or type, although most feed stores provide a guide for their products. If it is not specified there, assume one bag of feed lasts one horse one month.

You are required to record: quantity of feed and date of purchase. (Please be sure to use the items' technical names where applicable.)

During a Check In, if applicable, you will be asked to report the number of bags of feed you have.
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Editing Horses

Owners may edit the following for their horses by going to the horse's page on the main site and selecting the edit button:
  • Status
  • Discipline
  • Genotype
  • Height
  • Year of Birth
  • Sex
  • Sale Status
  • Breeding Status
  • Notes


Horses age in real time after they have been registered.

Owners may edit any horse they own to be older. Horses who are speed-aged must remain at least three years younger than their sire or dam, whichever is younger. This applies to created horses with real-life bloodlines as well as game-bred horses. Additionally, in-game mares may have only one foal per year. If you do not own the dam of the gamebred horse you are speed-aging, it is courteous to contact the owner first before changing that foal’s birth year.


A horse's discipline should be updated only after training has been completed. For more information on training, check out :link: Training & Competing: Training.


Horses may be edited to be taller, but never shorter.


A horse’s name cannot be changed after they have been shown or bred, whichever comes first. Gamebred horses cannot have prefixes or suffixes removed, even if the breeder is no longer in On The Bit.


A gelding is a male horse that has been castrated and is therefore no longer a stallion. All gamebred male horses are born stallions. To geld them, the owner must purchase the procedure from an approved vet in On The Bit. For an additional fee, owners may choose to have the vet collect from the horse before they are gelded to save “straws” for future breedings if the service is offered. Straws will belong to the horse owner at the time of collection unless explicitly sold to a new owner.

After making the desired vet appointments, update your horse by clicking on the Update button next to his name. If a vet collected straws for you, private message the Admins to let them know how many so the horse’s record can be updated manually. Tag the Admins any time a straw is used for a breeding on the Breeding Agreements subforum.

There is no official gelding incentive. However, associations are strongly encouraged to offer special incentives for gelding owners.
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Humane Society

When a member quits, their horses are sent to the :link: Humane Society. After a Check In, the Humane Society will sometimes host an Estate Sale to give the influx of Humane Society horses a chance for exposure.

To view horses available for adoption or fostering, search for horses owned by “Humane Society” in the :link: Horse Database or visit the automatically generated list, here: :link: Humane Society. Horses that remain in the Humane Society’s ownership (i.e. that are not adopted or fostered) for 90 days are automatically Retired and can no longer be adopted or fostered.


Any member may adopt a horse from the Humane Society, up to 5 horses per calendar month. Adopted horses are covered for the vet and farrier for one year from their adoption date. Make note of this in your records for Quarterly Check Ins! For more information about Quarterly Check Ins, see :link: Members: Quarterly Check Ins.


Any member may foster a horse from the Humane Society. All fosters last for 8 weeks and during that period, the horse is placed into your name. At the end of 8 weeks, the horse will be placed back into the Humane Society and you may choose to adopt them. To foster a horse, check out :link: How to Foster a Horse.


Owners may choose to surrender their horse to the Humane Society if they have made a reasonable effort to sell and/or rehome them. This option should only be used after that effort has been made and if the owner has determined the horse has a future career versus just retiring them. Surrendering is not free. To surrender a horse, check out :link: How to Surrender a Horse.
For more information about adopting and fostering horses from the Humane Society, see :link: Quick Start Guide: Finding Your First Horse.
For more information about grants from the Humane Society, see :link: Members: Finances.
For more information on statuses of horses such as Retired, see Horses: Statuses of Horses.

Estate Sales

Estate Sales are hosted using horses and facilities from removed members after Check Ins. A Humane Society representative will first post a buybacks check for horses with an active Breeder on their record. Thereafter, an Estate Sale is hosted where owners may "opt in" to specific days or "lots", usually divided by discipline, breed or some other similar factor.
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Buybacks & Co-ownership


Whichever account is used to breed or create a horse is listed as the Breeder and will have official buybacks. Buybacks most importantly come into play when horses are headed towards the Humane Society. When players sell horses buybacks are not enforceable and are used only as a courtesy.

In the event that a horse’s owner leaves the game with no instructions, horses with breeders still active in OTB will have the option to claim the horse before it is sent to the Humane Society and available for public adoption.
For more information about buying, leasing and adopting horses, see :link: Quick Start Guide: Finding Your First Horse.
For more information about the Humane Society, see :link: Horses: Humane Society.
If you quit On The Bit and later rejoin, you will have to register with a new name and therefore any buybacks you previously held are void. For more information on quitting, see :link: Members: Quitting.


Horses may be co-owned in On The Bit. To establish co-ownership, Private Message one of the Admins so that they can update the horse’s record. The horse will be in one player’s name as the owner in the Horse Registry with a note in the Notes section stating that the horse is co-owned by the second owner. The owner of record (e.g., in the owner field, not in the notes field) will be responsible for health care and record keeping for the horse (e.g., vet, farrier, feed, tack). Either owner may enter the horse in competitions and/or breed the horse.
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Statuses of Horses

Horses must be one -- and only one -- of the following statuses:
  • Active

    – May show or breed, “normal” status, requires a stall/feed/vet/farrier


    – Any untrained horse, cannot show outside of in-hand but may breed, requires a stall/feed/vet/farrier


    – Cannot show but may breed, permanent, does not require a stall/feed/vet/farrier


    – Cannot show or breed, permanent, does not require a stall/feed/vet/farrier


    – Cannot show or breed, temporary, does not require a stall/feed/vet/farrier
You may personally update your horses' status at any appropriate time.

Pastured, pensioned, and retired horses are not publically listed on a member's page. Should someone want to view another member's horses with these statuses, they would have to utilize the site's search feature.

For Quarterly Check Ins, you should track when you change a horse's status, especially if changing from Active or Untrained to Pensioned, Retired, or Pastured.
For more information on Quarterly Check Ins, see :link: Members: Quarterly Check Ins.
Horses are automatically moved from Untrained to Active when you update their training.


An active horse is a normal, trained horse. They may show or breed as you wish and, as always, must have a stall available. Any horse you are actively showing must be active.
For more information on horse care requirements, see Horses: Care of Horses.


An untrained horse is a normal, untrained horse. They may show in in-hand classes but cannot compete in any ridden events until they are trained by a trainer. Because this horse has the potential to be trained (ie. not pensioned), this horse must have a stall available.
For more information on horse care requirements, see Horses: Care of Horses.


A pensioned horse is a trained or untrained horse who is permanently retired from showing. Pensioned horses are essentially career studs or broodmares. This status is permanent and cannot be reversed. The benefit of pensioning a horse is that they do not require a stall, vet or farrier care, or feed.


A Retired horse is a trained or untrained horse who is permanently retired from showing and breeding. This is likely the horse who has had a long show and/or breeding career who is ready to enjoy their leisurely retirement days. The benefit of retiring a horse is that they remain in your ownership in the database, but are separated in their own list and do not require a stall, vet or farrier care, or feed.


A pastured horse is trained or untrained horse who is on hiatus from both showing and breeding. This status is unique to On the Bit. Pasturing is the only status that requires a small fee. Pasturing costs $250 per horse payable to the Humane Society. This is done on the honor system; when you submit a horse to be pastured, you should send your check to the Humane Society. Otherwise, if we happen to check, you may be fined.

Pasturing is for horses that you are not selling but want a “hiatus” from. Pasturing has no minimum or maximum time limit. While pastured, horses cannot be shown, bred, trained, sold, or leased. While pastured, the horse does not require a stall from your stable. The horse will not require feed, tack, vet, or farrier care.

Any player may send any horse they own to be pastured and there is no limit on the number of horses you may make pastured at a given time.
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Hall of Fame

:pushpin: As of August 12, 2018, there is an indefinite freeze on the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding individual horses using a rating system. The rating system exists to recognize owners who have put careful thought and time into their horses. Horses who receive a passing rating are then inducted into the Hall of Fame.


40% of the score is randomized, with figures on a scale of 1 – 5 for:
  • Breed type and conformation
    Movement and gaits
    Ridability and temperament
    Discipline suitability

Therefore, a perfect score is 20 points for this portion. Your horse receives new random figures upon each grading; the highest figure will be kept.

60% of the score is based on owner submissions, also graded on a scale of 1 -10:
  • Owner-written horse biography.

    Including but not limited to namesake, life story, personality, and history. There is no minimum or maximum limit, although there is no discernible benefit for brevity.

    Showing accomplishments within the game.

    This is not to be focused purely on number of placings (though it will be considered) but also on the level of competition and the prestige of the class or event won. Owners must submit a show record for review as the grader will not search for it.

    Pedigree, quality of foals and their accomplishments.

    Ideally, the horse submitted for grading will have at least two foals on the ground. Geldings and horses with no offspring will have to be graded on potential offspring.
A perfect score for this portion is 30. The owner submission grading portion of the rating is based on an average score from blind votes from Aria, Vicki and Isla.

Overall, a perfect score is 50 points.


45 or more points


44 to 35 points


34 to 30 points

Did Not Pass

29 or fewer points


Foals born from an A-rated parent may begin showing the second level of a discipline instead of the first like all other horses. Foals born from two A-rated parents may begin showing at the third level of their chosen discipline.

How to Nominate

Each rating costs $1,000 per horse.
Owners may submit only one horse per calendar month. Horses may be rated twice during their lifetime and must wait at least 90 days after the first rating. The owner may choose which score is retained.

To nominate your horse, create a new thread in theHall of Fame subforum with your horse’s name for the title and include the following at minimum:
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Horse Name:
Created or Bred?:
Year of Birth: 
Sire's Name:
Does this horse's sire exist in real life, in OTB or is he 100% made up?
Dam's Name:
Does this horse's dam exist in real life, in OTB or is she 100% made up?
Link to horse's page, if applicable:
Link to horse's show/race record, if different from page:
Please describe this horse's competitive history in paragraph form.
Does this horse have any foals? If so, please give a breeding history as well as description of each foal and synopsis of their accomplishments for consideration.
Tell us about your horse. This is your chance to tell us about what makes them exceptional, why you named them, what their personality is like, and why they truly deserve to join the Hall of Fame.
What else would you like us to consider about this horse?
Has this horse ever been graded before? If so, when and what was their numerical score?

Fill out the above form with as much detail as possible; including pictures is strongly advised. Time and effort making your post aesthetically beautiful will be considered in your horse’s rating.

Hall of Fame Inductees


Visenya, 2002 chestnut KWPN mare


Asmaa Meena, 2007 grey Arabian mare
BW Custom Chex, 2008 sorrel Quarter Horse stallion
Custom Spark Fx, 2009 dappled palomino Quarter Horse stallion
Diplomat, 2002 black Dutch Warmblood stallion
Excelszior, 2008 bay Arabian stallion
Leoben, 2007 bay Holsteiner stallion
Orion, 2009 brown dun Norwegian Fjord stallion
Tanneck, 2007 bay Dutch Warmblood stallion


BC Mango Tango, 2009 flaxen chestnut Arabian mare
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