In a beautiful and yet quite simple cartoon graphics, you try your luck as a horse keeper in Horse Rancher and put your talents about as a horse breeder to the test. The game consists of the fields of breeding, training and preparation as well as the tournament mode. In the latter area, you can have your pre-trained horse compete against strong rivals. But before your horse is considered a serious contender, you have to train it with food and supplies. At the beginning of Horse Rancher, you have a small budget of $ 4,900 available to you. From this money, you have to buy your first horse as well as the necessary food. Once you have taken this step, the horse with your chosen name will be located in the pasture. If your racing horse does not get anymore food, it will disappear after a certain time! In the overview, you see the current game date, the number of available units of food as well your money. In training mode, you can prepare yourself for any upcoming competitions and improve the attributes of your horse, such as its speed and strength. During the training and competition mode, your feeling for the horse as well as your feel for time are crucial on the keyboard. By pressing the space bar, the jockey will give the horse the spur and make it run faster. This action comes at the cost of power, so you should consider it well when you use this skill, as it may come at the cost of a loss. If you win a tournament, you can expect a fat reward as well as an increase in the value of your horse, which may turn out to be rather lucrative upon resale. From time to time, a tournament will be suggested to you. In order to participate you usually have to pay an entrance fee, which you should consider in your financial calculations, because otherwise you can not buy anymore food for your horse. You have three game years in order to reap the greatest possible success.