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Quick Start Guide | Members | Establishments | Horses | Training & Competing | Disciplines
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Members

:bookmark_tabs: TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Staff
  2. Teams
  3. Pathways
  4. Exams
  5. Finances
  6. Credits
  7. Achievements
  8. Activity Expectations
  9. Check Ins
  10. Surprises & Disasters
  11. Year End Awards
  12. Quitting
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Staff

Aria, Erika & Vicki

The Admins wear many hats and can help you with just about anything.

@Aria the admin, @Erika the admin and @Vicki the admin are the three On The Bit admins. The fun starts and the buck stops with them. In particular, their duties include:
  • Review and approve joining applications
  • Approve member forum accounts
  • Perform updates requested in the Member Updates thread
  • Approve establishments on the Establishment Approval subforum
  • Administer monthly Achievement claims
  • Monitor the Data Quality Control process
  • Perform Check Ins
  • Randomize members into Teams when they meet the requirements
  • Coordinate OTB Year End Awards
  • Organize the OTB Games each summer

Isla

Direct questions related to: breeding

@Isla monitors breedings in OTB via the Mares in Foal page. She can answer questions and checks for rule breaking.

For more information on breeding, see :link: Horses: Breeding.

Heidi

Direct questions related to: training

@Heidi runs the Training Agreements subforum. She curates the On The Bit Trainer and checks for rule breaking.

For more information on training, see :link: Training & Competing: Training.

Skylar

Direct questions related to: Humane Society, Land & Lumber

Merrimus administers and grades all Trainer exams. Contact her to receive a copy of your exam.
@Skylar manages the Humane Society and Land & Lumber: approving foster and grant applications and monitors the Land & Lumber.
For more information on exams, see Members: Exams.
For more information on the Humane Society, see :link: Horses: Humane Society.
For more information on the Land & Lumber, :link: Establishments: Land & Lumber.

Lorelei & Meghan

Direct questions related to: event approval

@Lorelei and @Meghan approve pending events and add them to the event calendar.

For more information on getting an event approved and hosting, see :link: Training & Competing: Hosting Events.

Meghan

Direct questions related to: Breeder exams

@Meghan administers and grades all Breeder exams. Contact her to receive a copy of your exam.

For more information on exams, see Members: Exams.
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By Aria the Admin
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Teams

On The Bit has four teams: Bay, Black, Chestnut, and Grey. New members will be sorted into a team after the conclusion of their first Check In, as we hope to keep team numbers even this way. Consider your team like a house or a guild you belong to. Teams are used to for team-based competition for the annual OTB Games. They were introduced to help split up members fairly for OTB Games competition, but now teams may compete against each other for rewards and prestige!

For the purpose of monthly scoring, points reset on the first of every month. The team with the highest points from the previous month will earn 50% off at the OTB Store and Land & Lumber. At the end of the year, monthly points are added up and the team at the top of the leaderboard wins a year end award (and big cash prize to share)!

There are no official team leaders. Team members are free to do as little or as much as they like, including but not limited to electing a council, creating a website, or even hosting team events.

Earning Points For Your Team

Team Tasks


Teams will have four tasks they can complete each month. Tasks can be things such as organizing a barn schedule, designing an aerial view of your farm, or making a roleplay post based on a prompt. Each team chooses one task for the month and all teams have the entire month to complete the tasks. For every member that completes the task, their team will earn one point.
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Pathways

To select and advance in your Pathway, you must meet the listed requirements and post proof in the :link: Member Updates thread. 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).

To Advance to Stage I (Choosing a Pathway)

All new members start without a Pathway. 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.
Each Pathway has benefits and limitations by design. For more information on choosing a pathway, see :link: Quick Start Guide: Choosing a Pathway.

Requirements for all Members

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Entered at least 2 shows
- provide links to each event

Have been a member for at least 30 days
- provide the date you joined us!

Be up to date on board payments for all your horses
- provide a link to all current Boarding Agreements

Include an essay of no less than 200 words explaining your Pathway choice.

Rewards for Advancing to Stage I (Choosing your Pathway)

BreederEntrepreneurTrainer
Cash$15,000$25,000$20,000
Creation credits202
Tax bracket$150/horse*$150/horse*$150/horse*
Additional benefits--Private barn
50% off Land & Lumber orders
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To Advance to Stage II

Requirements for all Pathways

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Entered at least 5 additional events since choosing Pathway
- provide links to each event

Have been at Stage I for no less than 30 days
- provide the date you posted your request to advance to Stage I in the Member Updates forum with a link to your post

Passed a Quarterly Check In
- provide the link to your Check In response

Rewards for Advancing to Stage II

BreederEntrepreneurTrainer
Cash$10,000$50,000$25,000
Creation credits100
Tax bracket$150/horse*$150/horse*$150/horse*
Additional benefitssit breeders exam
if passed: private barn
open to boarderssit trainers exam
if passed: private barn

To Advance to Stage III

Requirements for breeders & entrepreneurs

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Entered at least 8 additional events since advancing to Stage II
- provide links to each event

Hosted at least 1 event
- provide a link to the event's results (event should be closed with results posted on time)

Have been at Stage II for no less than 60 days
- provide the date you posted your request to advance to Stage II in the Member Updates forum with a link to your post

Requirements for Trainers

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Entered at least 10 additional events since advancing to Stage II
- provide links to each event

Trained at least 5 horses
- provide links to the Training Agreements (training sessions should be completed)

Have been at Stage II for no less than 60 days
- provide the date you posted your request to advance to Stage II in the Member Updates forum with a link to your post

Rewards for Advancing to Stage III

BreederEntrepreneurTrainer
Cash$30,000$50,000$25,000
Creation credits422
Tax bracket$150/horse*$150/horse*$150/horse*
Additional benefits----sit second trainers exam

To Advance to Elite

Requirements for Breeders

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Entered at least 25 additional events since advancing to Stage III
- provide links to each event

Bred at least 3 foals
- provide links to each foal's database record

Have been at Stage III for no less than 60 days
- provide the date you posted your request to advance to Stage III in the Member Updates forum with a link to your post

Requirements for Entrepreneurs

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Entered at least 15 additional events since advancing to Stage III
- provide links to each event

Hosted at least 5 additional events since advancing to Stage III
- provide a link to each event's results (events should be closed with results posted on time)

Have been at Stage III for no less than 60 days
- provide the date you posted your request to advance to Stage III in the Member Updates forum with a link to your post

Requirements for Trainers

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Entered at least 30 additional events since advancing to Stage III
- provide links to each event

Hosted at least 2 additional events since advancing to Stage III
- provide a link to each event's results (events should be closed with results posted on time)

Trained at least 10 horses
- provide links to the Training Agreements (training sessions should be completed)

Have been at Stage III for no less than 60 days
- provide the date you posted your request to advance to Stage III in the Member Updates forum with a link to your post

Rewards for Advancing to Elite

BreederEntrepreneurTrainer
Cash$100,000$100,000$50,000
Creation credits531
Tax bracket$150/horse*$150/horse*$150/horse*
Additional benefitsadditional private barnsadditional barnsadditional private barns

Changing Your Pathway

Members may change their first Pathway for $50,000 or their second Pathway for $25,000 a maximum of one time each during their OTB membership. After switching, members begin at Stage I and cannot reap the cash/credit rewards for moving up stages until they reach the highest Stage they achieved in their previous Pathway. If they were Elite in their first pathway, they will receive no cash/credit rewards until they reach the Elite stage again, but must still move up stages by the regular criteria. Once at the Elite stage, they may claim 50% of the cash and credit bonuses.

Requirements will be from the time of switching to the pathway, not from the time of original joining. Members who switch pathways will keep their barns, although they cannot have boarders unless they are an Entrepreneur or at least Stage II.

To change your Pathway, please post in the :link: Member Updates thread.
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Exams

There are two exams: Trainer and Breeder. Exams may only be taken by members who have chosen those respective Pathways and only at certain stages. For more information on Pathways and when you can sit your exam(s), see Members: Pathways. To see the current exam proctors, check Members: Staff.
Exams are designed to cover topics in On The Bit and real life knowledge. Exams are designed to specifically encourage research and learning - hopefully you will not know all the answers when you look at it the first time so you are forced to learn something in the process!

Once you've received the exam, you have three days to return it via Private Message to the proctor. The result of your exam will come generally within 24-48 hours, depending on the length of answers and the grader’s schedule.

Copying and pasting answers from a website or article is considered plagiarism and will result in an immediate fail. When in doubt, cite your sources. We understand that not everyone has the hands-on knowledge to complete these questions from experience and that will be taken into consideration.

You may only take the exam once every two weeks should you fail the first attempt.

Trainers will answer questions for the discipline they are specifically wanting to train in. One exam is good for one discipline. To see who has passed the Trainer exam in which discipline, see :link: Who Trains in What.

The length of the exam is dependent on how many times a player has passed the exam. This ensures variety in the exams. Questions are a mixture of multiple-choice, fill in the blank, and short answer.

For those who have not yet passed their exam, there are 38 questions. Three sections need to be competed - On the Bit Rules, General Riding and Tack Knowledge, and Discipline Specific.

For those who are taking their exam for the second time, there are 23 questions. Two sections need to be completed - General Riding and Tack Knowledge II, and Discipline Specific.

For those who are retaking their exam to switch a discipline, there is a fee as well as a set of 14 questions. In addition to questions regarding the switch, one section needs to be completed - Discipline Specific.

Some questions that can be expected on the exam are:
A written plan of a schooling ride.
Ideal conformation of a horse in specified discipline.
Injuries, riding position, and farrier requirements.
A written feeding program.
Questions over evasions as well as artificial and natural aids.

Taking the Trainer Exam

When you advance to Stage II on the Trainer pathway, an Admin will post with an essay prompt for you to complete and send to the exam proctor. You have one week to send your essay to the exam proctor to avoid automatically failing. Typically, it looks something like this:
We’d like you to complete an essay with a 500 word minimum. Please pick one of the following questions to answer:
1) Pick one aspect of your chosen pathway you find interesting to research and report on it
2) Write up your own version of a wikipedia article on your chosen pathway

Trainers Changing Disciplines


Trainers may drop one discipline to add another by posting in :link: Member Updates and...
  • Paying $10,000
    Taking a new exam for the new discipline

Taking the Breeder Exam

The exam consists of 25 general questions and covers a broad range of breeding topics from conformation and genetics to health and care of the mare, stallion, and foal, as well as many other areas of interest to a breeder specifically in On The Bit.

No two tests will be identical so sharing answers won't help you!
Like the Trainer exam, Breeders will be provided with essay prompts by an Admin when the advance to Stage II.
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Finances

All members begin with $60,000. :link: The Bank will automatically track all of the checks you manually send and receive. When someone sends a check, they will have the opportunity to cancel it until the recipient accepts (deposits) it. If you sent a check that the recipient has not deposited after 60 days and you have been unsuccessful in your attempts to contact them, please Private Message an Admin.

On The Bit doesn’t automatically award salaries; instead, moving up your Pathway and redeeming Achievements earn money. For more information on making money, see :link: Quick Start Guide: Making Money.

Grants

Any active member or association may apply for a grant from the Humane Society to be used exclusively for prize money at events. Applications will only be approved if you apply before you have posted your show(s) for approval. You may apply for up to $200,000 per application; one application is allowed per show or race or entire series. Members who abuse this feature will not be allowed grants.

To apply for a grant, create a new thread in the Humane Society subforum with the title "Grant Application" using the form outlined in :link: How to Apply for a Grant.

Taxes

All members pay taxes during Check Ins. The rate is $150 per active, pastured, pensioned or untrained horse. Taxes are not paid on retired horses. You will also have to confirm that you have paid your taxes during Check Ins by providing the transaction number. Taxes are paid to the Humane Society and, therefore, can go back into the community in the form of Grants.

Lottery

The lottery was introduced in September 2014 as a fun way to potentially make some extra money in the game. It is run on the last day of every month and tickets are available for purchase up until the day before. Each member is permitted to purchase up to a maximum of three tickets for $100 each. The more tickets you purchase, the greater your chance is of winning. Checks should be sent the the Humane Society bank account.

The grand prize of the Lottery each month is $20,000. The winning member is exempt from purchasing tickets for the next two consecutive months to allow others a chance to win.[/hidden]

Salaries from Businesses

If you own a business, you may choose to pay yourself a salary from your business’ profits. There are no limits or restrictions, although we hope our members would invest back into the On The Bit community via grants and event sponsorships in addition to paying themselves for work they willingly signed up for.
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Credits

Creation Credits

All new members and associations start off with 5 creation credits, which are used to create (and breed) horses. Anyone may buy and sell credits from and to the Bank for $2,500 per credit and may transfer credits to other players.

Creating one horse can cost between 1 and 4 creation credits.

Any gamebred horse will cost 1 creation credit. For more information about breeding, see :link: Horses: Breeding.
There are two kinds of created horses in On The Bit: those who begin untrained and those who begin trained. An untrained horse must be trained by a licensed trainer in the game which will require two weeks time. An already trained horse does not require training to begin competing in their chosen discipline but they will cost you more up front.
  • To create an untrained horse, the base cost is 1 creation credit. If you are creating a horse of breed that is more than 5% of OTB’s population, it will cost 2 credits (1 base + 1 additional). If you are creating a horse of a breed that is more than 10% of OTB’s population, it will cost 3 credits (1 base + 2 additional). This is to encourage breeding and selling of in-game stock.

    To create a trained horse, the base cost is 2 creation credits. If you are creating a horse of breed that is more than 5% of OTB’s population, it will cost 3 credits (2 base + 1 additional). If you are creating a horse of a breed that is more than 10% of OTB’s population, it will cost 4 credits (2 base + 2 additional).

    To use creation credits, submit the :link: Create a Horse form.

Breeds that Cost More to Create

Please check this thread for the most up to date list of breeds with large populations that will cost you more to create.

Adoption Slots

All members have 5 adoption slots per calendar month to be used with the Humane Society (slots reset on the first of each month). Adoption slots are not credits that can be bought or sold.

For more information about adoption and the Humane Society, see :link: Horses: Humane Society.
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Achievements

Achievements are a completely optional feature On The Bit offers members. Achievements are participation-based rewards for game-related activities across many interests and specialties called castes. You may hear mention of Activity Points (or AP points) and Tasks: these were the predecessors to Achievements in On The Bit and were phased out on October 1st, 2016.

:link: See here to view all Achievements and their castes in On The Bit.

Achievements are tracked manually by each member. Achievements are worth cash based on the level of the caste completed. To obtain a copy of the approved tracking template, go to File > Make a Copy. You can also copy the tab directly to a premade workbook by going down to the tab's name, clicking on the arrow there, selecting Copy to... and then selecting your workbook. Voila~! You should then be able to see and utilize the dropdowns.

Rewards

Each level of each caste is worth $1,000 x # of level. Therefore, Level 1 is worth $1,000 and Level 5 is worth $5,000. The only exception is New Member achievement payouts, which are as follows > Level 1: $500, > Level 2: $1,000 > Level 3: $2,000. You may only claim New Member achievement payouts if you have not yet picked a pathway.

You will only receive cash for reaching a new level. You will not receive cash for levels you have already completed.

Note that some Achievements must be leveled consecutively but this is not the case universally. Levels for a single caste may be claimed simultaneously if you have completed the requirements. Remember, each level may only be claimed once.

During the last week of every month, members may report out which level they are at and will receive a check accordingly. An official thread will be opened each month in the Member Lounge. Seasonal achievements may only be claimed during the month stated in the sheet, and the requirements for them must be done in that same month. You can only claim completed achievements if they are marked "pending" in your spreadsheet. You will be tagged in the claiming thread once awarded and should then mark them "completed".
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Activity Expectations

You don’t have to be online every waking hour to be a member of OTB, but we do want you to be around some of the time.

Whether you’re going to be gone for a couple days or a couple weeks, it’s courteous to post on the :link: MIA subforum so we all know! You don’t have to go into details if you don’t want to, but in serious cases we do ask for an estimated return date, otherwise your MIA thread may be archived and you won’t be exempt from the next Quarterly Check In. Extensions aren’t a problem, but please be sure to reply to your thread to keep us in the know.

If you are supposedly MIA but are actively posting on the forum, we may archive your thread. If you don’t post at all for two months or if you continue to extend a hiatus for over four months, you may also be subject to deletion without notice. If you’ve been with us and active for an extended period of time, we may consider special circumstances. Please contact an Admin if you are able! However, sometimes it’s okay to just step aside; you can always rejoin us in the future!

Without a hiatus thread, you will be expected to participate in Quarterly Check Ins.

For more information about Quarterly Check Ins, see Members: Quarterly Check Ins.

The MIA subforum is also where you will post if you are quitting On The Bit.

For more information about quitting, see Members: Quitting.
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Check Ins

On The Bit hosts Check Ins twice yearly on the forums. An admin will create the thread ahead of time to give members ample time to get the necessities in order. When the Check In opens all members must reply with the specified information.

You will only be contacted if the information you provided does not pass the Check In criteria and will be fined $10,000. Reasons for failing include: not providing accurate and/or sufficient information and failing to provide satisfactory care for your horses. The only exception to Check Ins are members who have posted a serious hiatus. For more information about hiatuses, see Members: Activity Expectations.

February and August are "hard" Check Ins where detailed records must be reported as outlined below.
May and November are "soft" Check Ins where a detailed records are not reported (as outlined below).
Most Pathways require passing a Quarterly Check In to advance to the next stage. You should link to your Check In reply for the Admins to review when requesting a Pathway advancement. For more information about Pathways, see Members: Pathways.
A "hard" Check In will ask for the following:
  • # of active horses, # of untrained horses + link to health records
    # of bridles, # of saddles, # of harnesses + link to tack inventory
    # of bags of feed + link to feed records*

    Boarders: link to latest boarding agreement and cheque number
    Boarding Stable Owners: # of horses currently boarding with you (# you provide feed for)
    Stable Owners: # of stalls + link to facilities
    Taxes: tax total and cheque number

    * NOT required if the member you are boarding with provides feed for your horses.
A "soft" Check In will ask for the following:
  • # of active horses, # of untrained horses

    Boarders: link to latest boarding agreement and cheque number
    Boarding Stable Owners: # of horses currently boarding with you (# you provide feed for)
    Stable Owners: # of stalls
    Taxes: tax total and cheque number
The primary reason for Quarterly Check Ins is to make sure members are providing adequate care for the active and untrained horses under their ownership. We will ask for links to records reflecting what is required in :link: Horses: Care of Horses. We also ask for tax payment during this time. For more information on taxes, please see :link: Members: Finances.

Establishments

After a Check In, the Admin will review the Establishments page. Members will have a week to fix any broken links or down websites. If a member fails to respond and/or fix the issue, their establishment will be removed from the site and the owner will have to resubmit it for approval.

Missing a Check In

When you miss a Check In, you will be sent an email. We still want you to play with us! If you want to keep playing, you should respond to the Check In (with the required information). You'll then be put on a probationary period and fined $10,000.

Additionally, when you miss a Check In, horses you did not breed (ie. listed as the Breeder) will be removed from your ownership and the breeder will be offered buybacks. If they decline buybacks, the horses go to the Humane Society where they are immediately available for adoption. During this probationary period, we really want to see you around! You'll have to actively enter shows in at least one discipline (excluding disciplines with an association offering auto entry, unless all of your active horses are trained in disciplines with associations that offer this).

If this is the second, subsequent Check In you have missed, you will immediately be removed from the game.
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