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.
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.
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
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