Choosing a Pathway
All new members start without a Pathway, or "Undecided". After 30 days, you may choose between Breeder, Trainer and Entrepreneur. When you choose your Pathway is up to you - there is no maximum time limit before deciding. You may choose a second Pathway after 6 months at the Elite stage of your first Pathway. You will not receive credits or money when advancing on your additional pathway, just the benefits (i.e., exams, L&L discount, Achievements).
For more information on the requirements necessary to select and advance your Pathway, check out :link: Members: Pathways
One of the first things to remember is that you do not have to be an expert in real-life about breeding or training to become a Breeder or Trainer in On The Bit. In fact, if something strikes your fancy that you know nothing about, we would strongly encourage you to pursue it.
Additionally, all Pathways allow members to eventually own as many horses and barns as they want at the Elite stage. The only caveat is that only Entrepreneurs may offer boarding.
You can change Pathways although it is not cheap. For more information on Pathways and how to change, see :link: Members: Pathways
Why Choose the Breeder Pathway?
If you want to focus on a long line of horses bred by you - some of which you may want to sell to earn money - then consider the Breeder Pathway. All breedings require a sponsor (which you can read more about in :link: Horses: Breeding
), and after you pass your Breeder exam you may sponsor your own breedings and offer your services to other members.
Stage II Breeders may sit their exam. Once they've passed they may open 1 private barn and sponsor breedings.
Elite Breeders may open additional private barns.
Breeders that have reached the Elite Stage will have earned a total of $155,000 and 12 credits from advancing.
Why Choose the Entrepreneur Pathway?
Entrepreneurs get to open their barns sooner and may host boarders. Additionally, they may own more than one business and get an exclusive 50% discount at Land & Lumber.
Stage I Entrepreneurs may open 1 private barn, get 50% off at Land & Lumber, and are exempt from paying taxes.
Stage II Entrepreneurs may change their private barn into a boarding barn.
Elite Entrepreneurs may open additional private barns.
Entrepreneurs that have reached the Elite Stage will have earned a total of $225,000 and 5 credits from advancing.
Why Choose the Trainer Pathway?
Horses will need a trainer to be trained (which you can read more about in :link: Training & Competing: Training
). After passing your Trainer exam, you can train your own horses and offer your services to other members.
Stage II Trainers may sit the exam for their first discipline. Once they've passed they may open 1 private barn and train horses in their discipline.
Stage III Trainers may sit the exam for their second discipline. One they've passed they may train horses in their second discipline.
Elite Trainers may open additional private barns.
Trainers that have reached the Elite Stage will have earned a total of $120,000 and 5 credits from advancing.