All my horses - a total of 63 - and my 5 sims and the family dog, all live in one house (multiple other lots that i use to take photos and keep some horses at) in one household. I tried once splitting my game up into different households which were sorted by discipline, but that ended up making my game crash
I run on a fairly non-fast computer that's kinda old (still windows 8 software though) and i have no problems keeping my horse hoarding skills at its best, still buying new pons now and then to just quickly add into my only household.
When looking at a horse that is for sale, regardless if it is an adult with points or a weanling still fresg faced in the world, what do you look for in its pedigree?
In my first months here on equus I don't cared about pedigrees at all. I just cared about coat and confo. (Pedigree Bonuses didn't play any role that time) Now that has changed a bit. As many others here said before me, I am looking mostly for titled horses who are realistically competed. That means to me, that they don't get retired a certain age cause the have now their max title.
I joined ES to bring more realism in my Stud and to show my horses off! If someone just let the horse earn any title and retires it in the age of 7 and breeds then 20 foals out of it...it doesn't fullfills the sense of ES in my opinion. I also don't care about "Stars" in my pedigree. Of course it sounds great if you have well-known names like Cas in your horses pedigree but I rather look on it's confo and coat to know if I want that horse or not.
What about a horses pedigree do you prize most?
As already said I go for realism in it's parentage and grand-parentage! I like to see when the horse has titled parents who are not retired at age of 7 (or in that range )
Earlier as I joined ES, I really wanted to have no outcrosses to my breed. So Trakes have to be bred to Trakes and so on...but now I see that otherwise. You can refine your foals confo if you add another breed to it's lineage and I think that's very interesting to me! So it's okay for me to breed different breeds together :D
Because it was also spoken from earlier in this Thread, I have to say, that I want my horses (that I breed together) not to be related to eacht other in any way. With that I can assure that I bring fresh blood into my lines! I am not offended when someone does that (like @Aliisa-Pohl said, it's quite normal to do that, to inherite certain characteristics), but I won't do that myself.
And as said in the first answer, stars in my lineage are no need ^^
What factors do you find positive in a pedigree, and the horses in them? What factors do you find negative and might cause you to not buy or breed to any one lined horse?
Consider the horses titles, points, reputation, amount or quality(do they points/titles of their own ect) of progeny.
Positive factors are definetly coat and confo. If a horse has a nice confo and a nice coat, I would consider to breed with it or buy it and won't care if it's a foundi or a 2nd, 3rd, 4th... gen horse. I mean, there is always that one horse you fall in love an definetly want a foal of it!
To be honest I never look on the progeny of a horse I want a foal from. Luck plays a big role on ES and I think the breeder, when he keeps the horse active, can't anything for the Bad Luck of the Horse! So I don't consider it for a breeding. The only thing I look on is the realism of the progeny so...how many foals the horse already has produced. I know stallions can have a real big bunch of foals ^^ but it's quite unrealistic when a Mare has got 20 foals at age 12. So, that's what I take a look on then
How importabt is the generation of the horse you are buying to you?
Does a horse have to be fourth, fifth or higher to grab your interest? Is second gen just as acceptable or does it even matter to you?
As you already read, I really don't look on the generation of the horse I am buying. It's nice to have a high gen horse. But if there is a foundi who has a breathtaking confo + nice coat, I still consider to buy it! The Breeder (or Creator) still put a lot of effort into his characteristics and just think about it: Without foundis the whole ES Breeding wouldn't even exist because it had to start somewhere ^^
How do you judge the rarity of a bloodline?
To you, what makes a bloodline rare? Does that make it more sough after and valuable to you, or not?
For me, a rare bloodline is, when a horse is not often bred. (simple as it is ^^) Rare coat colours are on ES quite popular, so I wouldn't consider that as a rare point.
And yes, that is a point that would be very valuable for me! If you have one out of two foals of a beautiful and high-pointed Stally whose not going to have more foals you may feel that your little foal has a lot of value!
Additional thoughts on bloodlines?
I have to say it in my conlusion again: For me coat and confo ar the A and O of a Horse. I won't consider a horse for breeding that has a bad confo. As in Reallife, the conformation is the foundation of a horse's career. So I also pay a lot of attention to it here on ES, because I think ES is made to bring more realism to all the horse simmers.
Awesome idea @Thomas-Thorley it's really interesting to read what other think about Breeding and Buying of Other's Horses
(Based on this photo of a Welsh B ) you may want to give him a bit wider barrel (maybe use the belly height slider to give him that round pony belly) and a slightly longer/thicker neck, maybe a little longer back as well but not too much, just a touch. It's difficult to say anything about his head given the pose but the face should be slightly dished. Also the ears could be a little shorter. The legs are also maybe a little bit too long. All that is, however, very minimal tweaking.