Start by figuring out what attributes you want to breed for. It’s impossible to breed every trait perfectly so focusing on 2 or 3 will help.
Next, find a partner with those traits. If they have a consistent parentage with them, even better.
It may take a few tries before the right genes come together. If your foals don’t seem to be improving, its time to find another horse to breed with.
Why are these two sibling horses so different?
Horses have a lot of genes. Each parent only passes on 50% of what they have, so there’s room for variety.
On top of that, it’s the combination of genes that produce a horse’s traits. If the stud has gene (0,0) and the mare has gene (1,1), the foal might end up with gene (1,0), something neither of the parents had.
How do I breed a horse with an opposite preference? (Dirt to Turf, Right to Left, Firm to Soft)
This isn’t so easy. Horses that prefer one type of race tend to breed children that prefer the same. If you want to swap over, you’ll have to find a partner with a strong preference for the other direction. Even then, it might take multiple generations until the line becomes particularly strong.
Advanced Tip: If you’re trying to change over a preference and think it will take a few breeds, spend those breeds building up other traits. Instead of find the strongest opposite preference, find a decent one with other great traits you want. The foal will still be closer to the preference you want and it will be a stronger breed in other ways.
How much does grade matter to breeding?
Grade is an average of the horse’s attributes. Specifically, it is an average of Start, Speed, Stamina, Finish, Heart, and Temper. The thing is, it’s informational, it has no direct effect on breeding. That being said, if a horse has a good grade, you know that the average of its attributes must be that high.
Do any attributes boost the odds of a good breed?
We get this question a lot, and the answer is definitely no, but it requires explanation.
Breeding in Photo Finish™ LIVE follows genetics and operates with the same rules. Each parent passes on half of their genes and the genes come together to produce traits in the foal. The only way to get a good breed is to have good genes in the parents.
So, you could technically say that having good genes improves the odds of a good foal. However, the important point is that there is no stat, preference, trait, or item that will change the way genetic pairing works. Two sets of genes go in, one set comes out, and every breed follows the same rules.