make aging of horses faster in Suggestions & Ideas Posted August 22, 2020 I think this is a problem of attitude, rather than breeding numbers, caused by a number of factors. Defiance is a brand new server, populated by hundreds of players who have vast experience but started out, universally, without developed skills. Naturally, it being a PvP server, people are going to want to PvP, and set out to get the required equipment to PvP as soon as possible. Breeding times have already been drastically shortened to help this. However, as I've often said, Wurm is a marathon, not a sprint. Even with those shortened breeding times, people are still lacking good numbers of horses. Given that Defiance is so new, this doesn't surprise me; the horse production farms of old didn't exist when the server began, demand is much higher due to high player numbers, horse breeders all started from scratch, and the nature of the skill involved meant they couldn't possibly level as fast as someone who can sit at a forge all day. Thus, there appears to be, for now, a shortage of horses. People are not happy about this, hence the existence of this thread, and want breeding times to be obliterated even more than they already have been. I'm not going to comment on the nature of PvP requiring a lot of horses; I lack knowledge of these things, but requiring a mount for PvP makes entirely logical sense. But thinking of horses as nothing more than 'equipment' has led to this clamour for yet more evisceration of breeding. Horses cannot be compared to the weapons and armour that smiths can mass-produce. They're living creatures, with all the quirks that entails, and breeding them is a specialism that demands more time and attention than mere smithing (I say this as a smith who has a glorious 1.00 in Animal Husbandry). It takes a work of minutes to make a sword; breeding a good horse takes so much longer, and that is simple logic. If people are going to treat their horses as nothing more than another PvP-enabling tool, without recognising that they are fundamentally different, then that is why this desire to make breeding faster arises. And that is why I cannot support making breeding even faster than it is already. Treat everything the same and all your Wurm devolves down to is numbers on a screen. Rather than clamouring for ever-faster breeding times, I suggest simply applying patience; wait for the breeders to build up their skills and herds, wait for them to get to the spells that will enable better breeding, wait for this server to mature, rather than rushing in for the quick fix that, ultimately, will dilute the Wurm experience.