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The Sims 3 Pets: Horses Guide

Basic Horsecare, the Riding Skill, a New Career and More!

by Tom "Metro" Schlueter

The Sims 3 Pets Guide
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The Sims 3 Pets: Horses - A jockey and his horse

Of the entire scope of new content in Sims 3 Pets, horse related gameplay is unquestionably the deepest and most varied. Dogs and cats (and the other minor animals) are a big addition too, but the whole new horseman career, the new riding skill, and all of the competitions you can enter at the Equestrian Center really puts horses in their own category. In this overview guide, I'll lead you through the basics of horsecare, learning the riding skill, and finally, I'll touch on the new career as well as the competitions. Saddle up!

Getting a Horse
If you're starting a new game, then obviously the easiest way to obtain a horse is creating one at the same time you're creating your Sim(s). The advantage here is you get to choose some traits that will make things a little easier and more efficient for you, like Agile (for the jumping skill), Fast (for the racing skill) and Genius (for learning skills a little quicker). The game also will throw a little extra money at you for each horse you create since you'll need to buy supplies for its care. There's no shortage of customization options available in Create-a-Pet. You can truly make your ideal horse.

The other options to getting a horse are 1) using a phone, computer or newspaper and adopting one for free, 2) befriending a wild horse (you had better be patient for this option), or 3) simply going to the Equestrian Center and buying one.

Basic Horsecare
Most of a horse's 6 needs are the same as a Sims' needs (Hunger, Bladder, Energy, and Social) , but instead of Hygiene and Fun, horses have Exercise and Thirst. Horses do need a lot of exercise, that's for sure. That does not necessarily mean you always have to ride them, but you need to be on your toes and monitor their needs and give them some self direction to gallop on their own. The other needs are pretty self explanatory have a trough of water and a salt lick near the horse's stable. The stable already has hay in it for eating.

The Sims 3 Pets: Horses - brushing a horse

When your Sim clicks on a horse you'll see a Care button. Click on that to clean its hooves and brush them every day. It provides nice moodlets for the horse. There are also numerous Friendly/Affection socials available to build relationships with the horses. Use the Reinforcement socials as well. They're key in unlocking additional traits sought by the Sim. Horses can also unlock additional traits if left to their own freewill.

Some players will want to care for their horses right on their Sims' home lot. But another option for taking care of your horse is to simply keep it at the stables adjoining the Equestrian Center this will pretty much be mandatory for apartment dwellers.

Saving from Death
I have had multiple reports of Sims being saved from death by their horses. This happens independent of the lucky trait. If you haven't experienced this yet, then your equestrian duo have not made an error while jumping through the inferno hoop! Thanks Ginger Blue and Marie for passing this information along.

Horse Death
Horses can die of old age, but fire and meteors could also possibly kill them. This seems to be the case with a ghost foal named Glint Singleton 2.0. There is a living counterpart named Glint 3.0, which is an adult horse and must be the family's replacement for a dead foal.

Expanding the Horse Family
If you have a male and female adult horse, then depending on their relationship level they will have a Romantic social available Try For Foal. After a few days of pregnancy the mare will bear a foal. And a foal will turn into an adult horse in approximately 5 days on Nomal lifespan. Mares and foals need to be close to each other or they'll both experience some pretty bad moodlets, so keep the foal close to mommy. You can also take a mare to the Equestrian Center to breed with an available stallion for a fee. And if you own a stallion, then you can take him to the Center for stud service and you will be paid a fee.

The Riding Skill
After you mount an adult horse, just click on the horse to Go For a Ride. In a very short time you'll hear the familiar skilling up musical notes. Like other skills such as athletic, higher skill levels of riding unlock new modes of engaging in the activity, such as Gallop. And you also need certain levels of riding skill to unlock the various competition brackets or if you have hopes of taming a wild horse.

Here's an important tip: If you have any plans to sell a horse, then make sure you skill them up before selling them at the Equestrian Center. There's a huge correlation with how many skill points a horse has in the jumping and racing skills and how much you'll be paid for the horse. On a related note if you try and play as efficiently as possible like me and hate wasting time, then save skilling your horse in racing for last because when a horse Runs the Jumping Course he will not only skill in jumping, but also racing. It's a double duty deal like Inventing and Martial Arts. Your horse will max jumping first and then you'll want to max racing at the end.

Learn more about the Riding, Jumping, and Racing skills here

The Sims 3 Pets: Horses - jumping a water obstacle, training for a show

Good Traits for Your Sim And Horse
The 5 traits that really stand out for me are: Ambitious, Friendly, Equestrian, Loves the Outdoors, and Lucky. We're not sure yet if Lucky has any bearing on winning races, but it obviously can't hurt. Equestrian is the most important trait for any horse loving Sim it will greatly speed up relationship building with the horses. Loves the Outdoors is a no-brainer since your Sim will be spending lots of time outdoors. And Ambitious and Friendly are just solid all-around traits.

Horses and Unicorns share the same Trait set. You can learn about Pet Traits here.

Related Lifetime Wishes
The Jockey is the sole horse related Lifetime Wish in the Pets expansion. To accomplish it you need to max the riding skill as well as earn $40,000 simoleans from your horses (racing, sales, stud services, etc). Look for a more in-depth Guide article on all the new Pets Lifetime Wishes very soon.

And speaking of wishes, horses will regularly receive wishes just like your Sims. Fulfilling lots of wishes and keeping the horses' mood meter high is important to accumulate those happiness points yes, horses can actually purchase rewards with happiness points (I'm picturing a horse walking into a store and putting its hoof down three times to make a selection). There are a wealth of rewards to choose from all designed to make life with your pet better than before.

Horse Breeds
This was originally going to include a list of all horse breeds. Instead, it seems that it is largely unnecessary. Horse breeds do not affect sale price, which is far from realistic. You will not see the horse's breed indicated anywhere once you are out of the adoption screen. When you enter Edit Saddle mode, you can change the horse's colors, body features, and accessories. The colors of the mother and father will play a role in the final appearance of any foals, so two appaloosa would have a foal that looks like the parents. However, horse breeds hardly matter when you can edit the horse and make it look however you want. It's just like a Sim. For the record, cat and dog breeds don't matter either.

Wild Horses and Unicorns
Befriending wild horses requires level 8 riding skill, so that you can mount them to bring them home. It also takes patience, as you have to build a relationship before you can adopt the horse. Unicorns are a special case, and do not require riding skill to be invited. You'll need 3 BFFs, like large animals and Sims before you are accepted as a friend to all creatures. You can learn more about Unicorns here.

The Sims 3 Pets: Horses - entering the Equestrian Center

The Horseman Career and Equestrian Center Competitions
We'll eventually have a whole page devoted to this new career, but I just wanted to make mention of it in this overview guide. Like other self-employment careers, the Horseman career unlocks when you have attained 1 skill level in the appropriate skill (riding). So, when that happens, you might as well stay on the horse and head straight to City Hall to register. "Good morning, mayor! Would you be so kind as to hitch my horse?"

The only career metric for the Horseman career is money earned. So, if you have a desire to get to the top of the career, you'll need to make a concerted effort in bringing in money via competitions as well as selling horses and offering stud service.

Competitions are a fun new aspect of the horse gameplay and it's all accomplished via the rabbit-hole environment at the Equestrian Center. Once your riding level is sufficient, you qualify to enter the Beginner bracket of the racing, jumping, and cross-country competitions. Higher levels of racing skill eventually unlock the Advanced and International brackets. During the week (Monday through Friday) competitions begin at 5 PM and on the weekend competitions begin at noon. You must be mounted and once you and your horse enter the Center, the race begins and you'll see a popup screen showing the standings with a progress bar moving farther as the race unfolds. It's a lot of fun. You'll be cheering for your horse, and then, depending on your finish, receive your winnings.

Let me be quite blunt I have not been overly impressed with any recent expansions. Most have fallen in the "okay" department for me. Well, folks, the breadth of the horse content alone is quite impressive, so well done, EA. It's one of the best components in an expansion pack to date and I look forward to digging in and finding out more deatil about everything else in Pets.

The Sims 3 Pets: Horses - tending the horses at the stable

Comments (106)

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Harriett Fisher says...
10th January 2014 4:15pm
Anna says...
I need advice, I adopted a foal, and she received the "Missing Mother: moodlet, so I adopted the only female horse but the moodlet won't go away. Can someone please help?
3rd May 2014 11:18pm
Maggi says...
At least of your sims need to befriend the foal, I dont know if it matters for female or male, as i only had a female on hand!
26th May 2014 5:26pm
Prettybayz says...
How Long Are The Horses Pregnant For? Thanks :)
28th July 2014 8:06am
Megan says...
3 days or around that. Not too long though
3rd August 2014 6:48am
Janell says...
when i try to mount my horse and i click on it i don't see the mount button ANYWHERE.
Does this happen with every horse or just the one?
13th July 2013 9:38am
Mahmeya says...
Can horses have twins?
14th January 2014 11:33am
Megan says...
They can but you need to have a clone voucher for the foal which costs 20000 ltp
4th August 2014 5:46am
Glitchie says...
I was wondering if you can board a horse or if the horse has to reside on the lot the sim lives on.
28th June 2014 8:35am
Lexi says...
Do you need the seasons expansion pack to have horses??? Or do you get horses with the normal Sims 3 season w/ no expansion pack??
29th June 2014 12:25am
Terezi says...
You get it with pets!!>:[ It's a horse, not a tree!
4th August 2014 8:22pm
tricia says...
does this cost money
26th October 2013 3:38pm
Indira says...
Um... guys... heres a weird story, and I want an answer. Okay, so, I was taking my 2 sims and their horses to the horse training place, and then they kept dis-mounting their horses when I wanted them to train them, one in jumping, the other in racing. So I decided to turn autonomy (free will) off. Everything was going fine, until I tried to train my horse for racing, and this weird interaction came up, I think it said "Riding Slave Action". I really want an answer, I was really scared when I saw this. Am I in a creepypasta world or something? I'm also on a PC, with Windows XP.
27th April 2014 2:13am
Terezi says...
w3ll, th3 hors3 1S your sl4v3.. you turn3d off th3 poor th1ngs fr33 w1ll
4th August 2014 8:20pm
victoria says...
I have added a horse ranch as a community lot on monte vista the 60 x 60. How do I add some staff and horses.
12th December 2013 6:22pm
Lexi says...
I dont think its possible
29th June 2014 10:28am
Kelsey says...
I don't understand I'm trying to make s sims but its not letting me do s horse it's on ps3 what do I do?
7th September 2013 12:14pm
LateNighter says...
I am sorry to inform you that you can only have horses on PC.
31st May 2014 3:29am
Spirit lover says...
I love horses a lot. I know I will love playing this game.
24th March 2014 10:05pm
Kate says...
a lot of places says it costs money and like A LOT of money; is this true? And if it is how much does it cost it does not say how much in the description? (:
14th February 2014 11:33am
Horse Girl says...
I got Sims 3 Pets a few days ago I paid $40.00 nut it included The Sims 3 and the Pets Expansion Pack. So to me it was quite cheap. Hope I helped.
26th May 2014 2:05am
Terezi says...
1 got m1n3 4t m31g3rs for 20 bucks, 4nd th3n 1 got th3 st4rt3r p4ck for th3 s4m3 pr1c3 >:]
4th August 2014 8:14pm
Mia says...
Hi, I've seen lots of videos and clips of sims with their horses on Sims 3 Pets and would really like to get it. I was just wondering, do I just have to buy Sims 3 Pets or will I need an expansion pack as well?
1st May 2014 3:46pm
Indira says...
Well, technically, as long as you have the base game and a few gigabytes of space on your computer, you can install Pets without needing to have any other expansion packs.
3rd May 2014 4:29am
Thatsimgirl says...
I have the sims 3 pets and I can't get the horse Crate I don't know if I need to buy it from the store and I can't get the jumping and running course or the playing balls for dog and horses. I need a little help
25th December 2013 6:28pm
Amy says...
i have tried to look everywhere but cant for the life of me find where I can buy the "flaming hoop" for my horse or any of the jumps. i have 3 horses one that is for & has mastered the jumping skill, one that is and has mastered the racing skill and one for whatever. & it told me that I should buy a flaming hoop but... despite my efforts I can't find where to buy any jumping equipment or racing things. I have only used the center which is great but they don't have a hoop either! lol please help!
All horse training equipment can be found in buy mode.   When you enter buy mode, choose the second option so you're looking by function instead of by room.   At the bottom or on the second page (if you have all EPs), there is a pet paw symbol that represents Pet Essentials.  Choose it and then choose the horse tab.   There you should should all the equipment you would need for a horse.   The flaming hoop is called the Inferno Hoop and it costs about §400.
3rd June 2013 4:07pm
Horselover 1407 says...
Does the Sims 3 : Pets Expansion Pack PC works on MAC ? PLS REPLY. thx :)
18th August 2014 6:11pm
sascha says...
I saw this on u tube and would like to play it
23rd December 2013 5:27pm
Linne says...
Ihave 6 horses but the oldest one wants potion to make him do one of you know were to get it?????
16th December 2013 5:59am
Aniner says...
You find the potion in the Lifetime Rewards.
8th June 2014 12:18pm
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