Training is the way to teach horses the basics of getting handled and ridden, and make them perform better in competitions. In order to train a horse, the horse will need to have enough energy to be trained.
Players will be rewarded with experience by training horses. Depending on the selected terrain and duration, the player will gain more or less experience for a training unit.
Each training session will cost the horse a certain amount of energy and increase the training bar, its physical fitness, and affection. Physical fitness is important in competitions and has positive consequences for the results.
The competition results will improve the further the horse's training is progressed within its current level. When the training bar is at 100% for the current level, the horse can move on to a higher level, all the way up to Grand Prix! Note that its training progress will be 0% for that new level again.
If a horse is not trained, its fitness and affection level will slowly decrease overnight if the owner has been online in the last 24 hours.
One notable feature is the round-pen. It raises the physical fitness and affection without adding any training progress. It can keep a horse fit and affectionate if you don't want to advance its training, or if it has been fully trained in the highest level.
Hint: Play around with the terrain (arena, track or trail) and duration (15, 30, 45, or 60 mins) of the training units to find which way you get more experience points or the fastest progress for the horse.
Foals can already be trained in basic training.
Here, the horse learns all the basics of handling, basic commands, ground training and riding. Once the player confirms the basic training, the exercises will show up and the player can start training the horse.
The basic training must be completed before a discipline can get selected for the horse. However, there are no time limit for when the basic training needs to get started or completed - even an adult horse can still begin basic training from scratch.
Once the horse has turned 3 years old and its basic training has been finished, a discipline can be selected.
Selecting a discipline
After finishing basic training, if your horse is at least 3 years old, there are multiple disciplines to choose from: Dressage, Driving, Endurance, Eventing, Flat Racing, Show Jumping and Western Reining. You're free to choose, every horse can do every dicipline. But consider this:
Horses will do better in some disciplines than others, based on their conformation and genetic potential stats. For each competition discipline, there is a set of relevant conformation and GP stats.
The game calculates which discipline(s) a horse should do best in and lists them at the very bottom of the breeder's advice. Note that this is only a recommendation. The actual performance will also depend on factors like the strength of competitors for that discipline on your continent. Furthermore, the scoring itself is bugged for most disciplines and planned to get re-done in the future. Thus, the breeder's advice only tells you what the horse -should- do best at, in the current system, without considering the competitive field.
You can only make your choice once per horse, so choose wisely!
How to do it
Go to the training tab on your horse's profile. On the lower right-hand side, there's an orange button to start basic training if a horse has never been trained before. If the basic training is complete, a drop-down menu appears in the same place, allowing you to select a discipline.
For adults, after finishing basic training, there are multiple disciplines to choose from: Dressage, Driving, Endurance, Eventing, Flat Racing, Show Jumping and Western Reining. Every breed can do every discipline, but some horses are better at certain disciplines. More diciplines will be added in the future.
Once you've confirmed your choice, training bars and exercises will appear on the training tab.
When the training in a certain level reaches 100%, you will see an orange button (in the spot where the button for starting basic training and choosing disciplines would be) allowing you to move to the next level.
The round pen allows you to improve and maintain the physical fitness and affection of your horses without completing actual training exercises. This is especially useful when you are unable or unwilling to train a horse further - for example, when a foal has completed all basic training and is too young to select a discipline, or you wish to keep a horse at its current training level for competitions, or have fully trained it at the highest level of its discipline.
The round pen must first be purchased via the "Estate" page for 2,500 HRC. Once this one-time purchase is complete, you can use it to train your horses. To do so, simply select the round pen as a terrain on the "Training" page of the horse in question.