A 'ring' is a group of runis; much like a 'herd' of horses, a 'pack' of wolves, or a 'flock' of birds, you have a 'ring' of runis. Runi can ONLY breed within their ring, so a lot of people coordinate their rings by color or traits. The naming rule for Rings is "(the) Ring of **** ****, " for example, The Ring of Crystal's Song, or Ring of Brilliance Dawning.
Most rings consist of 1-2 unrelated stallions and up to 8 mares-- grown young usually don't join their parents ring to prevent inbreeding. Usually if breeding season is open, any member of the ring may request a breeding with their runi and another member-- there is an implicit understanding that everyone has agreed to give permission to everyone else. So if person A owns a stallion, and persons B, C, and D own mares, Person A can pop in during breeding season and say "hey id like to breed my stallion with mare C", or Person B can request a breeding with A as the father etc etc.
OPEN Ring vs. CLOSED Ring
Rings can also either be open or closed as far as breeding goes.
An Open ring offers breedings to the public, without people having to ask permission. In this case, when breeding season is open, a person with no runi of their own (or no ringed runis) can go into a ring that has decided to be open and say "I want stallion A and mare B to be the parents of the babies I get"-- the offspring would go to that person, and not the owners of the runis. This is a good way of spreading your genetic lines without all the burden falling to the owners.
Conversely, a ring may be Closed-- in this case, an outsider would have to ask for permission to breed runis (and could, of course, be denied). A closed ring might also put up notice that they don't accept outside breedings at all and refuse solicitation. This ensures that only you and your ring members will have access to the young, but keeps their pool of offspring smaller.
All rings must have their own thread (or website) where their members and offspring are listed. It doesn't need to complex; thread sample + webpage sample. As you can see, they're nothing too fancy, but display the ring's name, the members images and information, and links to the ring's offspring. You can see from the notes that both of these rings are open and looking for members. One of the rings has trait-specific requirements for joining.
Rings are usually formed by a lead stallion, but this is not always the case. In order for a ring to be eligible to participate in breedings, it must be registered here. The quality/design of your ring post may affect any spontaneous mutations that arise in it's offspring.
1) The ring must have at least one stallion and two mares.
2) The ring must be appropriately-named following the naming rule as stated above.
3) The ring must have it's own thread (see sample sticky) or webpage (see example linked above). This thread must contain at bare minimum:
..........- names, ID#s, and images of all members
..........- a designation of whether the ring is open or closed
..........- a list of the offspring produced by the ring
To register a ring, please supply the following information:
Ring's URL: (all rings must have a dedicated forum thread or website of their own)
Founding Mares: (must be at least 2)
Looking for members? yes/no
Name of contact to apply for membership: (if applicable)
Notes: (accepting only X-colored members, noting that your ring leader is actually a mare, etc etc.)
[b]Looking for members?[/b]
[b]Name of contact to apply for membership:[/b]