Have fun with lots of minigames and challenges
With this game you’ll have a real life experience with your horse. First of all, and what I really though was awesome, is that you can choose your sex, you can be a boy or a girl so this game is suitable for everybody. The main story it’s about spending a few weeks in the equestrian center learning the proper way to control your horse. It’s fundamental that you teach it how to be discipline and how to stay focused. To do this, you’ll need to make your way through some trust exercises. After all of this is completed you can choose between some challenges or head straight away for some competitions. There are four meters that you need to keep an eye on (endurance, constitution, stress and concentration), but while in competition the most important is the one relative to stress. Very often you’ll find your horse getting stressed and confused and not knowing what to do. To calm him down, you just need to press a button, but this happens quite a lot, so pay attention. You can evolve all of the other parameters by training with the horse and this will help him to have better results in competition.
The other part of the game is about taking care of the horse. This part I tough it looked a little strange because it feels a bit automatic and unrealistic. You just click something and then things happen. But there’s one thing that I think it’s really cool. You don’t have access to everything once you start the game. For example, you can’t clean the horse’s hooves because you don’t have the proper tools. So, just like in real life, you need to earn money to be able to do all of these things. And how do you earn money? Completing challenges off course, so it is very realistic in that aspect. The shop has a ton of things that are a lot of fun to explore and to try to buy them.
Unfortunately, sometimes the controls feel a little imprecise and that can be very annoying. Many times I tried to jump and the horse got confused and I failed the jump. This can make the game a bit harder at first, but once you start training your horse, you’ll get used to it.
If you have the opportunity buy the PC version, it has better graphics and a lot more options. If you can’t get it, there are still a lot of things that you can do in the Wii and Nintendo DS games. There’s a lot of competition all over the world with different scenarios.