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Racing, Riding, and Jumping Skill Page

The Sims 3 Pets introduces three new skills to the game: Riding for Sims and Racing and Jumping for Horses. These three skills come together to measure the skill of horse and rider. Maximizing these three equestrian skills will give your Sim access to more profitable stud services and horse sales. They'll also be more likely to place well in the new riding competitions. This is one way to make money for your Sim's horseman self-employment career. Riding is not necessary to adopt a Unicorn, but these magical steeds start with max Racing and Jumping skills.

Learning the Skills
You need a Sim and an Adult Horse or Unicorn to get started. Simply riding around will start building both the Sim's Riding and the Horse's Racing skills. Riding classes are available at the Equestrian Center for $500. The advanced jumping obstacles are the best way to train a horse, as you will gain riding, racing, and jumping all at once. Horses will get fatigued the harder you push them, but this generally leads to faster skill gains overall.

Horse Value
Horses are more valuable when sold at max skills. Every level gained will bump the price a bit. Completing the racing and jumping skill challenges that impact value will allow the horse to make a more valuable stud or mare.

A Sim falls off a Horse in The Sims 3 Pets

Sim Riding Skill
The Riding skill represents your Sim's ability to control the horse and go with its movements. This skill is the single most powerful, giving Sims new options as they progress. Horses will only unlock new competition types upon gaining levels. Doing anything on a Horse will raise Riding, even simply being mounted for a time. Here are the various things you will unlock as you level your Sim's Riding skill:

Level 2: Gallop, Race Training Posts, Jumping Courses, Racing Competitions
Level 3: Can enter Show Jumping Competitions
Level 5: Bareback riding
Level 6: Cross-Country Competitions
Level 7: Heroic Pose interaction while mounted
Level 8: Sim can adopt wild horses with sufficient friendship
Level 10: Sims can whisper to horses around Acquaintance, a powerful social interaction for befriending wild horses and Unicorns.

Horse Racing Skill
Your Sim can train a Horse's racing using training posts. Set them up so that the posts form a loops. These are just guides, and can be very well spaced and still function. You can make a large track this way, building the Racing and Riding skills while training there. At level two, the Horse will help to raise the Sim's Riding skill a little faster.

This skill has a heavy impact on racing competitions, and a partial impact on cross-country.

Horse Show Jumping Skill
The Jumping skill can be trained using two grades of obstacle. The beginner quality are the standard Jump Trainers. Use this to get the horse comfortable with jumping. Anything higher than this qualifies as an advanced obstacle, and will raise the Horse's racing skill in addition to jumping.

You can make jumping courses with the trainers. This will let you set up multiple jumps. Advanced obstacles can be knocked over, and horses will occasionally be too skittish to jump. If you give them more training before starting the big jumps, this will be less likely to happen. To link training jumps into a course, place the next jump on top of the green area indicated in buy mode. Make sure absolutely nothing is in the way and that the green area around the jump obstacle is fully located on your lot. To see a good example, look at the Equestrian Training Grounds in town.

This skill has a heavy impact on Show Jumping Competitions and a partial impact on Cross-Country Competitions.

An International competition in The Sims 3 Pets

Equestrian Center Competitions
You can enter competitions at the Equestrian Center at the following hours: 5-9PM Mon-Sat and 12-5PM Sunday.

When racing, you are given multiple racing strategies to choose from: go for broke, take risks, and steady pace. In general, the only competitions that are hard are Internationals. Horse and Rider should be level 10 before entering. Use Take Risks or Go for Broke to gain position then hit steady pace once you've got first. Luck is a factor. If you can place at least third in international races you can win enough that it is better than advanced, so go for it at that point.

Here is a table of the prize winnings that can be made from first place in each of the types of competition:

Sims 3 Racing, Riding and Jumping Prizes
Race Type:BeginnerAdvancedInternational
Show Jumping$500$1200$2000

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Spirit lover says...
I love to ride horses.
24th March 2014 10:09pm
taylor burows says...
OMG!!!i really wanna play this game it is so so so cool i will do anything to play your amazing horse favourite animal is a horse:)
15th December 2013 6:59pm
Izzy says...
This is not a horse game, its an expansion pack, which means you have to get the regular sims 3 first.
6th July 2014 9:12am
Not tellin you Ma hame says...
Its an expansion pack to be exact its pets but it is pretty awesome and I love horses too its a fun game but not my favorite for many reasons. its also uite a bit of money too
28th May 2018 9:27pm
Jojo says...
At the Equestrien Center.
15th June 2013 4:56pm
carley says...
I have a horse in real life and I also jump and enter shows with my horse. And I know its just a game, but the game is supposed to be realistic, and it got some things wrong. it kind of concerns me. if they add horses and riding in the sims 4, hopefully they make some changes and actually make it more realistic.
30th July 2014 6:32pm
Kaylynn says...
Hi! I love the sims and I have 2 horses a boy and a girl. The girl is really good and the boy is not very good. I bought the equestrian center and my sims is at level 7 riding. She is always happy and fufilled when we go to races, but she always ends up getting 7th place. I have been looking for cheats to do it but i guess there are none. Maybe i should just keep riding and get to level 10? BTW thanks for this Carl.

8th January 2014 8:55pm
Bella says...
Try changing the modes of how your horse moves it's much higher a chance of winning if you keep changing :) hope this helped
5th December 2015 4:25am
mankor says...
ive won all the other races at frist but I cant seem to win the international cross unicorn is 10 in jump and race and my sim has 10 ridding.any advice
2nd December 2013 6:43pm
Nicki says...
Hey my sim has 3 horses 1 foal and 1 adult and a unicorn and i enterd the racing show and everytime the unicorn wins is because shes well trained or of the persollitty???
It's more likely because of her mood and her training than because she's a unicorn.
13th July 2013 5:59am
KyLarna says...
i also have sever problems on my racing skill..i can get right to lvl 6 & then no further..even after sims wks of racing both on lot & competitions. i have 3 files with horses on each & same problem with all files..just to that point of lvling to 6 racing, but wont go to actual lvl 6. glad to see im not only person with same prob
11th May 2013 7:58am
Trinity says...
Maybe to get past that level you have to enter a certain amount of competitions?
16th May 2014 6:50am
Achaser says...
Nope my horse is level 8 and it has just been running at the equestrian center for like 4 days straight (I have needs on static bcuz I'm a cheater)
11th November 2015 7:12pm
Erika says...
My sim takes his horse to the equestrian center, but when I click "enter the competition" the horse refuses to go in? My sim can enter, but it doesn't give me the option while riding the horse? HELP!
Try telling the horse to do it when your camera is not on the horse.
29th July 2013 9:03pm
Susan says...
What do you mean when the camera is not on the horse?
12th September 2013 4:06pm
destiny says...
thank you for letting me play the sim game again thank you
13th May 2014 10:47pm
stephane says...
my horse can't jump and run very fast
20th September 2013 11:27pm
nina schelfhout says...
ik wil dit spelen!!
29th January 2014 9:20am
Bella says...
When the 5th place horse has your name.
5th December 2015 4:27am
toita says...
jeg er klar
18th September 2015 12:52pm
simsie says...
I have sim in level 3 and horse in level 2, but if I click on race training post or cavaletti trainer jump (even if I maximal zoom in) then it says "No intaraction availiable". I didn't use any cheats while placing them! I don't know what to do! or is my horse too little leveled?
15th September 2015 8:58am
Lexie says...
I just found this out through messing around on it. If you're like me and the pets section is already a subsection in the kids room... for whatever reason... you're not going to find anything horse related there except for a water trough and reigning post. Instead, when you go into buy mode, you'll click on a folder that says "Collections," it'll be under the box where family inventory is stored, and then click on the sub-folder for Sims 3 Pets. There, you'll not only find horse jumps, but stalls and other things for horses, and all your pets and house features that are strictly related to the Pets expansion.
20th November 2017 9:00pm
Gemma says...
How do u get unicorns please can u tell me :)
25th August 2013 4:44pm
Fern says...
Ctrl + Shift + C then type in 'testingcheatsenabled true'and hold shift, press he unicorn and it should say 'add to active household. '
29th August 2017 5:52am
Playalot says...
26th December 2018 3:23pm
tembi says...
great game
22nd April 2018 7:27am
tembi says...
how do u get a unicorn
22nd April 2018 7:28am
Playalot says...
26th December 2018 3:22pm
mackenzie estep says...
i would love to try out this game i never played it so yeah ima try it out
17th January 2019 9:14pm
Brenda says...
Help! When I try to adopt a pet, the cats & dogs show up, but the gray horse tab is grayed out. I'm playing in the Night Life neighborhood of Sims 3. I think I have everything I need for a horse. Are horses only available to adopt in the neighborhood that came with the Pets expansion pack?
22nd November 2019 10:47pm
Playalot says...
If you are living in an apartment you won't be able to adopt a horse but other than that the option for horses should be there. Horse adoption is available in all worlds so long as the lot type can support them.
25th November 2019 6:13pm
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