Requirements & Limitations
All webpages associated with OTB must have a disclaimer with a link back to the On the Bit main site and there must be a way to contact you outside of the game either by email address in the disclaimer or a contact webform. Additionally, barns must have a list of facilities purchased from Land & Lumber. We also strongly recommend complete image credits, however we only strictly require a disclaimer and means of contact. On the Bit is not responsible for the material published on affiliated websites, including but not limited to establishments.
All establishments must be posted for peer approval on the forums. To post your establishment for approval when the website is complete, create a new thread with a poll (vote "yes" or "no") in the Establishment sub-forum using the form in the :link: How to Post Establishments for Approval
thread. You will have one week to get 10 "yes" votes and then an Admin will pop in for the official approval. Once approved, an Admin will add your establishment to the list and send you any bank account information, if applicable. If you do not obtain enough "yes" votes in a week, you may resubmit for approval in a month.
Players may open barns when they reach the appropriate stage in their Pathway and purchase facilities from Land & Lumber. Only Entrepreneurs can own boarding barns. For more information on Pathways, see :link: Members: Pathways
- Breeders may open a private barn in Stage 2 after passing their breeders exam.
Trainers may open a private barn in Stage 2 after passing their trainers exam.
Entrepreneurs may open a private barn in Stage 1.
All barns must have facilities purchased from Land & Lumber (before posting for approval). You may locate your facilities anywhere in the world, but your barn's website must have a list of its facilities. Barns must have enough land and appropriate facilities to support the horses and planned activities. For more information on which facilities are required for sufficient shelter (ie. stall versus pasture board), see :link: Horses: Care of Horses
. Although not required, if you plan to host a show or allow your barn to be rented for others to host shows with its facilities, you will need some sort of equipment. For more information on what facilities are required to host shows, see :link: Training & Competing: Hosting Events
Any member may open a business at any time. Businesses are required to provide public records for all orders. A link to records must be provided on the website; the format is up to the business owner.
All associations must have rules or guidelines explaining what is acceptable for the breed or discipline.
Except for Breed & Type Advocacy Groups, associations must have some form of membership (player, horses, or both) and must host an event at least once per month. Breed & Type Advocacy groups may be given over to new ownership at the subjective review of the Admins as they do not have event hosting requirements by which to judge.
Players may open an association at any time. Associations are not required to have any facilities from Land & Lumber but may choose to purchase assets if they desire. Failure to host an event for two months (60 days) is grounds for someone else to take over ownership of the association with Admin approval.
Associations of all types should be the flagship representatives of community activity and education. Inactive associations are frowned upon and, as mentioned in Activity Requirements, may be given to new ownership. Breed & Type and Discipline associations are encouraged to have event calendars planned out. This not only prevents date confusion but it also allows collaboration with members to potentially help host shows. Breed & Type and Discipline associations are encouraged to use a standard template or set of templates for their events for ease of entering.
Year end awards are strongly recommended for all types of associations. These work especially well when point systems are used. Educational articles and initiatives are what make a sim game like On The Bit unique and valuable. While there is no stringent requirement, associations should offer “continuing education” through the creation of articles, regular interaction in the community (ie. answering questions on the forum about their focus), and even clinics.