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 New/Returning Players Guide to Ponybox 2,473 views  •   859 days ago
Victory Sporthorses     •  17,944 career posts  
So, we have had some new or returning players join, and I thought this may be helpful to some. So, I have collected all the infomation that I could find from around the site on certain pages and put them all together in one post.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to post them in the comments below and someone will try to answer! :)
There are also some older posts linked at the bottom of the post that may be helpful to some, with a variety of guides such as breeding, money making, artwork, and coding. So feel free to take a look at those also!

How do I Enter and Remove from Jumpoffs:
Jumpoffs are a great way to earn PonyBucks. To enter or remove a horse from jumpoffs just click on the horse name and select the Jumpoff ON/OFF slider at the top of the horse profile page. Your horse will continue to compete automatically in Jumpoffs until you remove it, the horse is sold, the horse is in foal, or the horse is retired. Horses with Jumpoff selected will automatically be entered in jumpoffs each day and will also be available for other member to challenge.

How can I improve My Horses Performance:
The following attributes play a role in a horses jumpoff performance: Training Level, Age, Strength, Loyalty, Conformation, Jumpoff Experience, Breed Percentage, Feed Type, Items, Pedigree, DNA, Registry Memberships and associated Registry Ratings.

How do I breed my horse:
A breed link will display above for any unretired Stallion 3 years or older that has a stud fee set. If the Stallion has no Stud Fee set then you can't breed to the horse. All Stud Fees collected will be credited to the Stallion owners account. Foals are born 3 to 5 days after breeding. Most of the stallion and mares traits will be transferred to the new foal.

Horse Rank:
Horse ranking is determined by the horses jumpoff win/loss ratio over the past 7 days. This is also weighted agaist the number of jumpoffs entered. For example, a horse with a 30-2 win/loss record over the past 7 days will rank better than a horse with a 5-1 win/loss record. A horse rank of 1 is the top horse on Ponybox.

Training Level:
Training is important for good jump performance. Horses age 2 and over are automatically trained to your barns maximum training ability for the specific breed. Typically horses increase 1 level per horse year. The first number in the training level the specific horses training level and the second number is your barns maximum training ability for that breed (2/8). Horses in training will show a "T" icon next to their name. If your horse does not have this icon then it is not actively being trained due to being in foal, under the age of 2, or retired.

Loyalty:
Loyalty is how loyal the horse is to its owner. A horses loyalty will increase the longer you own it and take care of it. Placing your horse for sale or selling the horse will decrease its loyalty. Horse loyalty plays a significant role in how well a horse jumps.

Strength:
Strength is the total strength of the horse with 100% representing the horses full strength. Horse stregth will increase slightly with each jumpoff and also each night of rest. When a horse is bred, both the Mare and Stallion will realize an effect on strength, once the mare goes below 20% strength then she can not breed until her strength rebuilds. Horse not active in jumpoffs will max out at about 80% strength. Horse strength plays a significant role in how well a horse jumps.

Feed Type:
Feed Type is the type of feed the horse is receiving. If no performance feed is being fed to the horse then it will default it Pasture Feed. Horse feed plays a significant role in how well a horse jumps.

Head & Neck, Chest & Underline:
These features represent the horses conformation on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 representing poor conformation and 10 representing perfect conformation. Horse conformation plays a significant role in how well a horse jumps.

Breed Restriction:
If a Breed Restriction has been placed on the horse then only the barn that placed the breed restriction can breed the horse.

DNA Mod:
Modifications to the horses DNA that have a neutral, negative or positive effect on the horses performance and breeding. A DNA Mod will sometimes pass down to foals of the Dam or Sire. Once a horse contracts a DNA Mod, it will always be a carrier in either a passive or active state. Passive DNA mods have no effect on the horse but can be transferred to foals in an active state.

Training
Plus up your barns max training level for a specific breed with the horse jump item or by achieving goals shown below, such as one of your horses for the specific breed placing in the top 100 rank. Each goal one of your barns horses achives will advance your training level by 1 for the specific breed the goal was achieved in. Your horses will automatically be trained starting at 2 years old if not in foal and will slowly advanced to your barns max training level for the horses breed. Horses will advance in training quickly in low training levels, but as they advance the time to increase to the next level will take longer and will vary by horse.

What are feed types:
Feed types are differences in feed that you can feed your horse. Each feed type has a perk or different effect on your horse.

What if I don't feed my horse or I run out of feed:
If you do not feed your horse or you run out of a specific feed linked to your horse, then your horse will default to pasture feed. Pasture feed will still maintain a healthy horse, but you will not get the additional perk that other members will have using a more high performance feed type.

What are Servings:
Each day one serving is subtracted from your available servings for each horse linked to the selected feed type.

Bonus Points:
Bonus Points is additional points your horse will receive in shows or challenges when using the associated feed type. These points are automatically factored into the horses performance when the feed type is linked to the horse.

If I'm not showing or challanging horses should I still select a performance feed:
It depends, in addition to better show and challenge performance, horses given high performance feed will also result in slightly better foal and stud performance, resulting in a more desirable foal. If you are not showing, challanging or breeding a horse, then free pasture feed is the smart choice.

What is All-Purpose feed:
All-Purpose feed is for sale to everyone by ponybox in limited quantities each day. The price flucuates depending on how much feed is available. All-Purpose feed can be modified to create even greater performance feed using items.

How do I modify feed:
At this time you can only modify All-Pupose feed if you have at least 500 servings available. A future update will allow the modification of more types of feed. Modifying feed can be done using items and adds even more performance to the feed.

What determines the All-Purpose Feed available and Serving Cost:
All-Purpose feed availability is based on supply and demand. A few times each hour All-Purpose feed is processed for purchase by members. If a lot of feed is available for purchase then prices will be low, if not much is available then prices will go up.

How do I sell feed:
You can sell Feed by going to the Feed tab in your barn. Currently there is two little boxes next to the type of feed that you can choose how much feed you'd like to sell and the amount you want for it!

What is a Breed Registry:
A breed registry is an exclusive registry a horse can join based on breed, breed percentage and conformation. Horses that join registries have slight advantages in shows, list as featured horses when placed for sale and display a registry icon next to their name. Joining multiple registries will have an even greater effect on your horses performance.

What is Rating:
Registry Rating is determined by the quality of active horses in the registry. Having high ranked horses in the registry will improve the registry rating. Low or non ranked horses in the registry will not have a negative effect on the registry, rating is only determined by the quality of the highest ranked horses in the registry. Registry Ratings go from 1 to 5 stars, with a 5 star rating the best you can achieve. An "NR" rating means the registry is not rated due to not having any high quality non retired horses in the registry.

How do Registries Effect My Horses Performance:
Registries have a positive effect your horses performance. You can register your horse into a maximum of 5 registries. The rating of the registries joined will determine the extent of performance added to the horse. Having your horses registered in lower or non rated registies is better then joining no registries at all. Registries contribute about 5% to your horses overall performance.

What is DNA Breeding:
DNA Breeding is breeding options you can store for future use, even if the horse is retired or sold at a later date. Use the DNA Breeding item (Previously Gold HorseShoe) to store options to breed a horse you own in the future.

Stock Left:
Stock Left is the number of DNA Breedings remaining. When you select to breed using the DNA Breeding option it will deduct one breeding option from each Mare and Stallion parent horse.

What Happened To Super Horses:
Due to the excess strain on PonyBox servers in keeping Super Horses alive forever, the DNA Breeding item has been introduced to provide a similar option without having to keep the horse active, which was causing extreme load and demand on the PonyBox servers.

1. Barns that owned Super Horses were automatically given 999 future breeding options for that specific Super Horse (See Above).

2. Barns that still had unused Super items were credited 500,000 PonyBucks plus 4 BreedStock items per unused Super item. The unused Super Horse items still remain in barn accounts. A new type of Super Horse function will be released shortly for these remaining unused Super horse items and the owners that own them.

3. All Gold horseshoe items were converted to DNA Breeding items.

How Do I Get My Horse Listed As A Featured Horse:
If your horse is registered in any registry it will display as a featured horse when placed for sale.

I Was The Highest Bidder, Why Didn't I Get My Horse:
Horses can take up to 30 minutes to be moved to your account once you win the bid.

How Do I Sell My Horse:
Just click your horses name and then select the Sell horse button under your horses photo. If you owe any bills on the horse you must pay them first by clicking the bills link on the left menu before you can sell.

Will the horse suffer any effects from being sold:
Horses may perform poorly for a short period of time when transferred to a new owner.

What happens if the horse does not sell:
In an auction format, your horse will return to your account if the reserve price is not reached when the auction ends. If you listed the horse as a Buy Now format and the horse did not sell, then it will relist automatically until you either stop the sale or the horse turns 30.

Can I remove my horse from the sale early:
You can remove your horse from sale at any time if you placed a Buy Now sale. Auction format sales can not be stopped early.

What are Items:
Most items that you own can be used to perform specific functions, such as, improving your horses performance, increasing training levels and changing your horses name. Once you use an item to perform a function it is removed from your account unless the item states that it is an unlimited use item.

How do I get an Item:
Items are given out randomly throughout the site. If you see an item appear on your screen just click it to pick it up and have it added to your account. You may also purchase item packs on PonyBox or buy items from other members.

How do I use an Item:
Once you receive an item you can either use it, sell it or just hold on to it. If you choose to use it just click the item name when viewing items you own. If you choose to sell the item it will display on your Barn Profile Page under the Items link with the option for other members to buy. Once you place an item for sale you can remove the item for sale or change the sale price at any time.

Forum Rules can be found here

Here are some links to other helpful guides:
The Code Post
Guide to making it on ponybox
Horse Selling Guide
The Unofficial Ponybox Guide
Ins and Outs of Equine Manipulation
Image Credits Explained

I think that is about it, but If anyone has any questions, please don't be afraid to message me or post below and myself or other members, I''m sure will be happy to answer your queries! :D

Happy Ponyboxing!
-Victory
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i am still wondering if there is a date and time posted somewhere.
 
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PythonPonyPalaces    MOD   •  30,958 career posts 5 days ago
 
Thank you very much for putting this post up. Very helpful. :-D
This post should be made sticky.
 
Autumn Serenity   online  •  39,099 career posts 14 days ago
 
Hi murphy.

Horses age and foal (if in foal) every Thurs and Sunday.

Its all down to personal preference on jumping, however you will find they do better the older they are sort of 9+ and they have gained loyalty and levels.
As for breeding same again, but if you are naturally foaling this will effect there levels, so most tend to wait until horses are in the teens or out of jumping.
 
Ebony Equines    MOD online  •  4,592 career posts 209 days ago
 
one more question- How long is a year in ponybox IRL? I assumed it would be a day, but my horses haven't aged since yesterday so I wanted to double check.
 
Murphy Meadows     •  2 career posts 209 days ago
 
This post is super helpful, thank you so much!

I have a couple quick questions I was wondering if anyone could help me with:

1. What age should I start breeding my horses at? I remember reading their foal's height is affected if I breed to early, how early is too early?

2. Is there a negative impact to jumping my horses before they turn 6?

Thanks so much!
 
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Bumping this for other new/returning players. :)
 
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Bumping for new ones and returners.
 
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Bumping for anyone who needs a refresher =)
 
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Very helpful thank you 🙂
 
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PythonPonyPalaces    MOD   •  30,512 career posts 551 days ago
 
My horses retire anytime between 30 and 40

Earliest is 30
 
BMC General Store   MOD online  •  17,837 career posts 570 days ago
 
Thank you so much!
 
The Rustic Aspenn    •  6 career posts 570 days ago
 
I'll answer best I can..

I believe horses 'die' off at 40. You can breed all through that. I usually retire mine so I stop myself from continuing that line lol.

The economy is pretty flopped right now. Less active players means we dont turn a profit selling. The money is in jumping, but I'm pretty sure none of us old players need the money too much. We want to see how high we can jump the pixels.

Cross and line breeding still brings down the quality. You dont want to jump a horse until they are about 6 with 100% loyalty. Then you'll jump them until about 20, then breed until 40.
 
Gottarun Stables Lusitano      •  17,001 career posts 570 days ago
 
This is so incredibly helpful!

I still have a ton of questions (just vague stuff from memories) :

What age do horses die now ? Is there a point where you can't breed them anymore ( mares ) ?

It seems like there really aren't a whole lot of horses for sale now, compared to years ago. Is there something to that ?

Are there any big "no no's " ,like in the past ,that you've experienced? (ex) cross breeding horses brought down their quality.

Oh man, it's crazy how much Ponybox has updated and improved the gaming experience (:
 
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bumping this up again for you guys
 
Elmo Ink The Defenders      •  32,789 career posts 633 days ago
 
Is there a certain limit on how many jump offs horses can do daily before experiencing some kind of burnout? I feel like mine hit a wall down in the 60"s then after an hour or so break they hitting 80"s again
 
Heartland     •  1,371 career posts 635 days ago
 
I recently returned after about 4 years inactive. Thank you for putting this together, it's very useful!
 
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