Submit a Breeding
The next step in getting your brand new baby Ballator is sending a breeding note to the EquusBallator group! Send us a note in the following format:
Thing’s You’ll Need
Before you send in your note, make sure you have the following:
- To be marked on the Sire & Dam’s current references
- Your Sire and Dam’s BallatorDesignAdmin plaques
- Clickable Links
…To Remember the Following:
- If a Ballator does not have a current reference accepted into the group, the breeding cannot be rolled!
– This goes for horses that have been sold as well. Sold horses must have an accepted ref from the new owner before they can be bred.
- Sometimes the links break.
– If this happens, we can’t see the plaques and we will be unable to roll the breeding. PLEASE make sure your links are clickable!
- The first step is to be marked on BOTH the Stallion and the Mare’s references.
- They look different because Winzer and Fade both mark them differently, but Fade’s user name is marked off on both plaques as “good to go.”
- The mare needs to be marked on the stallion’s reference and the stallion needs to be marked on the mare’s reference.
Locate the BDA Plaques!
- Go to the BallatorDesignAdmin account.
- Click “Gallery” & then type the ID number of either the sire or dam into the search bar.
- Click “search gallery.”
- At the time, Jamie’s plaque was the only one that came up, but if the ballator has children and grandchildren already, all of those plaques will come up too.
- Search for the correct plaque. Click on it.
- Use the link from the navigation bar or use the fav.me link that DeviantART provides above the Thumb code.
- The fav.me link is less likely to break when sent in a note.
Fill Out the Breeding Note!
Go to the Equus Ballator homepage and click this button:
Use this form to fill out your note:
Link to sire’s import:
Genotype of sire:
Link to dam’s import:
Genotype of dam:
- Put the link to the import plaques in the correct area; Sire is the stallion (boy) and dam is the mare (girl). You do not have to hyperlink it if you do not want to or know how; you may simply paste the links into the slot!
- List the genotype for each ballator – copy this exactly as it is on the plaque!
- List each ballator’s type. List any subtype, such as Lilliput, Cave; or Asiatic, Modern.Your note should now look a bit like this:
Submit the note to the EquusBallator group by hitting that Add Note button!
- PLEASE NOTE: You can’t send the note to the BDA or EBS accounts! They will not be rolled unless sent directly to the group!
Now We Have a Little Wait!
The typical breeding turn-around time is always listed on the front page of the EquusBallator group.There may be changes to the turn around time depending on group activities and admin availability. DO NOT direct message an admin asking for after your breeding note. There will always be an announcement if things are longer than we estimate.
You’ve successfully sent in your first breeding note. Congratulations! Now, the hardest part is waiting for your note reply to arrive. When you receive your reply from the breeding Admin, you will get the following information:
- An ID number, unique for your horse
- Four genotypes to choose from
- The maximum amount of horns + possible extra horns for your horse
- Possible extra manes/mutations (if applicable)
- the inherited Stats, if any, your foal received at ‘birth’
- any other applicable information.
- One genotype (unless rare twins is rolled) is to be chosen and designed.
In the next section, we will cover Reading Your Breeding Note. Later on, we will go over Mutations, Inbreeding, Crossbreeding, and more!
Reading your Breeding Note
Provided you’ve sent in the breeding note in the correct format, our Breeding Admin will use our Breeding Roller to determine your foal possibilities. You will get back a note like this if your breeding has been successfully submitted:
ID and Type
- An ID number is assigned to every Ballator foal when their breeding note is rolled. It will be one of the first things listed on your breeding note. Make note of it, as it is very important for the design review and the registration process later on.
- The type of your Ballator is determined by their parents. It will be listed in your breeding note, as well. The types are all very different, so make sure you pick the right set of type lines to design your Ballator on!
Extra Manes & Subtype (If Applicable)
- Extra manes are determined both by types and by parents. If a parent has an extra mane, like a back mane or a rump mane, the foal may inherit it. On types like Plains, back manes are very common and usually mandatory, but on Desert types, they are not. Your breeding note will tell you if the extra mane is mandatory or not.
- Subtypes are more specific ‘breeds’ within types of Ballators. The Asiatic, Lilliput and Mountain Ballators are currently the only ones who have subtypes. For the Asiatic and Lilliput types, the subtypes will be written in the breeding note, as well. For Mountain types, you are allowed to pick from ‘pony,’ ‘light’ and ‘draft’ subtypes no matter what the parents are.
Genotype and Phenotype
- To figure out the base coat (that is, the coat color all your mutations ‘sit’ on top of) of your Ballator, you need to look at their genotype and phenotype. Remember, you can only pick one of the four options in your breeding note (unless you rolled twins), so focus on one when doing this step.
- The first few letters of your breeding note will be some variation of “ee aa” which determines the true base coat of your Ballator. There are three true base coats in this group: bay, black, and chestnut. You can view examples of many base coats in our Visual Guides folder, as well as different mutations/modifiers in our Genetics journal. z
- Your genotype and phenotype may also include a pattern, such as a white marking like Tobiano, Sabino, or an appaloosa pattern like Snowflake. White markings can be seen here: EquusBallator Visual Guide: White Patterns and Appaloosa markings can be seen here: EquusBallator Visual Guide: Appaloosa.
‘Mutations’ in the EB group most often refers to ‘patterns’ such as Okapi Dun, Tuxedo, and Carey.
- The Equus Ballator group has a staggering amount of unique mutations. Browse the Mutations folder (link) to see guides to, and examples of, them! Mutations can affect the coats and the horns of your Ballator.
- The mutations have their own genes, which will be present in your genotype. They will also be written out in the phenotype.
- Many mutations have unique interactions with each-other, and differences based on if the gene is dominant, or not. Be sure to pay attention to the specifics in the guides!
(Ballator Mutations can be found under the “Mutations” subfolder in the “Resources” folder of the EquusBallator group.)
- Your Ballator’s horns will be determined by their parents, as well! Your breeding note will helpfully tell you how many they can have, and where they can be located. Depending on the parents, some will be optional, and some will be required.
- Your Ballator’s horn color and shapes are determined by their parents, but are not given to you in the breeding note – you must mix the colors manually or use a HEX Code Generator to generate HEX codes and/or Palettes. Here is a Tutorial!
- For help picking a color, see How to get a Hex Code tutorial above, and for help combining the parents’ shapes, see EquusBallator: In-Depth Horn Genetics!
- If you’re lucky, you might get a randomly rolled mutation in your breeding note! There are seven coat mutations: Albino, Melanistic, Belton Spots, Bend-or Spots, Birdcatcher Spots, Somatic Mutation and Chimera. There are also two Physical mutations, Asinus and Saber. If randomly rolled, they’ll only apply to one geno in the note, not all four. See details on them here: Genetics.
- Mane mutations can also be randomly rolled in breeding notes. You can read about those in the Genetics page above as well!
- There are two types of breeding add-ons: inheritable ones, and optional ones. Inherited add-ons are things like capillae stripes and hornfade, which your Ballator may only have if their parents did, and if such is stated in the breeding note. The optional add ons are detailed in the Genetics page.
- If the parents of your Ballator have confirmed stats, then they can pass them onto their foals! Your breeding note will let you know if your Ballator can have inherited stats. Inherited stats are talked about in this journal: The Stat System.
- Your breeding note will either say that your horse doesn’t inherit any stats, or it will give you the exact number of stats it does inherit.
- Older breeding notes may just give you the parents’ confirmed stat rubric, in which case, you can use the Foal Stat Calculator to calculate your foal’s stats.