I've been mostly DNA breeding to some of my best horses from about 4-5 years ago. Just trying to get my barn started back up without going straight to foundies.
Most of my foals are ending up with "very good" instead of "excellent". How big of a difference does this make? How likely is it to get "excellent" if one parent is just "very good"? Do foundies come as "excellent"?
I'm probably going to be getting foundies eventually, but I feel like I need a better understanding of this stat before I move ahead with my breeding plan.
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"Very good" horses have 15 points less than it would have ig it was an excelant. Just like other horses, they can be awesome or flop entirely.
You can have 2 "excellant" parents and still get a "very good" foal, just not as often. With 1 "excellant" and 1 "very good" i beleive its 50/50
As a returning player too, I totally get the struggle.
I've been at a loss for how important x-ray scores are too. Like if "very goods" should just be retired or if they can still do fine. I do know that my oldest "very good" horse is not doing very well compared to the rest if that says anything. That's only one horse though.
Very good is a hit or miss. I've had a 98 jumper who had a "very good" score (*Cillian Murphy)
As far as I know, Cillian never produced a foal with an excellent score rating. However, he is the great-grandsire of Queen of the Damned. Her high jump as of now is 100.5 at age 20. She has an excellent x-ray score rating. Had she been a full super, 60/60 instead of 52/60, I feel she could have potentially hit 102 at least.
So as far as the scores themselves, I'm finding if it has a score between 400-420, you'll see them reach at least 89-91. 430-440 about 92-95, 450-560 about 96-98, anything about that has seemed to have the potential to hit 99-100.
When looking at a foal, personally look at the lines. Are they solid? Do they have solid jumps for that period of time in the game? I also look at any other offspring directly related to the foal or potential foal when considering breeding.
All in all, it's about personal preference and what you have available to work with.
While reading through old forum posts, it seems like some people do just retire them. I'm working on starting my own lines of Standardbreds and Paints, with a goal of Top Breeder status, so I can't afford to retire that much. I have this mare who hit 90" with "very good", only 20/25 registry stars, and low-ish training level. Like you said, it's just one horse, but I'll probably hang on to "very good" foals to see how they perform.
Lol I think it was one of your old conversations that I was reading Pugs! Once I'm settled as a Top Breeder, I might switch to retiring them, but I want to reach that goal as quickly as I can so I'm going to give them all a shot. I don't keep more than about 3 pages of horses at any time though, so I need those numbers.