• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less


  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Ugh....ATV's!!!

    Just a rant.....we have new neighbors catty corner to us- their land and ours back up to each other. They moved in 3 months ago. Their son bought the house on 5 acres and his parents live there full time. No problem, they are a nice retired couple. This is all a rural area, gravel roads, volunteer fire department, etc.

    I hope what is going on this weekend is not a taste of what to come....the family, younger members, have been driving an ATV on the property all.weekend.long. The drone of the engine can be heard inside the house. Ugh. I don't mind the proofing for the horses of an ATV zooming through 3' tall brome grass for ONE weekend (see, I try to find the positive) but I sure hope this won't be every weekend because the peace and quiet is gone.

    Rant over.

  • #2
    Also -- isn't that new shooting range close to you as well? What's up with that, is it ever going to open?

    I am sorry about your peace and quiet.


    • #3
      If it does continue, you'll probably learn to get used to it. My neighbors have a dirt bike track and ride a few times a week--they're MUCH louder than a 4 wheeler, and I barely notice. Interestingly enough, I am more bothered by their ridiculously loud donkey!! (Mostly because it sounds like something is dying lol).

      Try to think of it from their point of view--they bought land and want to be able to do as they please! If this is the first time it's happened since they moved, I wouldn't be too worried that they're going to do it daily.
      Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
      White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

      Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.


      • Original Poster

        KR- shooting range is on hold for need of staff funding.

        Slicat- ha, ha- a neighbor on the other catty corner has a donkey. I love the sounds of nature. Man made noise, not so much. Maybe I can call some of dear daughters old roping friends and host a 11:00 p.m. roping.


        • #5
          I feel your pain. I live in a suburb that used to be farmland, and the people up the street think that it's appropriate to let the under 10 year old crowd ride ATVs all summer, trespass on private land (that was stopped by the developer very quickly), without helmets or protection, with friends perched on the back, and at all hours of the day and night. It's definitely going to get someone killed, especially because the kids ride on the public main road that has a lot of traffic.

          I know someday I'll come home from work and there will be an ambulance pulling away, and a bunch of Sheriff's Deputies doing reports, and the parents will wonder who is at fault. But it will be their fault because they bought the ATVs, let little kids use them, and didn't monitor their kids. I'm hoping that their house is rented out or they were tenants, because I haven't seen the ATVs in a while, and they used to be out trying to become road kill on the nights and weekends after school until a month or so ago.
          Last edited by JanM; Jun. 10, 2013, 09:54 PM.
          You can't fix stupid-Ron White


          • #6
            Sometimes I wish people were required to make the decibel sound with their MOUTH and LUNGS

            for example... you are in a lovely shaded neighborhood and some dude is out blowing a cupful of grass clipping off the sidewalk with a leaf blower... (never heard of a broom) "Excuse me sir... could you please turn off that machine for a second and just scream "WAAAHHHH WAHHHH WAAAHHH" while walking up and down in front of your house?" Do you feel like an ass? yeah well...


            • #7
              My closest neighbors, a third of a mile away, are townies who only come out on weekends. The teenage son hosts frequent 24-hour blowouts in the summer involving liquor, semi-automatic weapons, and a fleet of ATVs.

              Arabian mares and proximate gunfire: that's a winning combination, let me tell you.

              I call the sheriff, the party quiets down for half an hour, the of course it gradually revs back up again.

              There's really no escape from noisy testosterone-poisoned jacknuts in the country unless you have 20,000 acres and your own zip code.
              Dreadful Acres: the chronicle of my extraordinary unsuitability to country life


              • #8
                Get a rooster, a peacock and a turkey gobbler.....the rooster will be nice and noisy every morning, the peacock all day every day and the turkey all spring long lol.
                Not a whole lot you can do other than hope the newness will wear off and it will be very infrequent. I feel for you!


                • #9
                  100% obnoxious, I agree. Some people seem to be oblivious to noise, others like you and me find it intensely annoying. Sets my teeth on edge! Add to the list: jet skis, leaf blowers (a neighbor feels the need to go up on his roof to blow off a few random leaves?!), weed whackers, loud motorcycles, endlessly barking dogs. I used to live in a big city that I swear was quieter than this outer, outer suburban spot, mostly due to the bizarrely anal neighbors here who VACUUM their lawns and power-wash their vinyl-clad houses!

                  You might try mentioning to the couple that it's loud to you. They may be focused on the grandkids enjoyment and not even think about you. I tend to speak up myself... sometimes it helps.

                  I too totally feel yr pain!


                  • #10
                    I also would speak to the older couple, in a nice way, and explain your love of the peace and quiet that brought you out there.

                    After that, there's not much you can do if they're not running the public roads.
                    "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin


                    • #11
                      If they just got it the newness of the ATV will wear off. We got one a coupe years ago and we rode it all the time driving the kids (Who always wear helmets) up and down the driveway. We use it a lot now, but not nearly as much when we first got it. I use it to drag the arena, feed the horses, collect wood, to go down and check the mail. When I only worked a couple miles from home I would drive it to work. (It is insured, registered and has a license plate, if they have those items they are perfectly legal on the rode as they have head lights and brake lights)

                      My neighbor has one and I can faintly hear when he uses it. However I think my neighborhood might be a bit more active as I have at least 3 people on the hill that have backhoes and other big equipment. On any given day you can hear a backhoe, a tractor, an ATV. Saws, people hammering kids yelling, it just depends on which way the wind blows.
                      Chambermaid to....


                      • Original Poster

                        Hey, happy to know I am not alone. I am probably one of the last people to turn on the house a.c. because I love hearings the birds and other critters. I'll be patient and see if any pattern develops before saying anything. We are gone for the week so I look forward to returning to my quiet, rural setting.


                        • #13
                          Around here there is a saying: "Anyone with a Pit Bull on a chain in the yard, has kids running all over the countryside on 4-wheelers." Sadly, it's true. There is a beaten two track path on the landowners' side of the ditches of the main roads here for miles, made by 4-wheelers.


                          • #14
                            I wouldn't paint with such a broad paint brush Tom. I have a very nice fenced in yard for my corgi. That is far from a pit bull on a chain and my kids drive my ATV and are very respectful and are not allowed to go over 8 mph on the ATV and must stay in the low setting.
                            Chambermaid to....


                            • #15
                              I have a pitbull...but no ATV. Darn it. Is it a requirement that I have an ATV because I really do not want one but really love my dog so if having an ATV is a requirement to have my dog....


                              • #16
                                Ah yes, the sounds and smells of country living

                                My across the street neighbor tried to protest our building an indoor arena on our property. She said, and I quote "It will block my view of the I-75 freeway and if there are more horses on the property, I'm worried about the smell".

                                This came from a woman who has 40 head of cattle right outside her bedroom windows. I kid you not.


                                • #17
                                  I think that depends Tru.. Is your Pit on a chain in the yard? Do you have kids? Are they barefoot in cut off jeans? I think you need the kids too to have the ATV.

                                  Now that I think about it.. I have the ATV and kids, am I required to get a Pit now?
                                  Chambermaid to....


                                  • #18
                                    The most horrible accident we ever had at work, in hundreds of thousands of hours of trucks driving various routes, was the time that a 13 year old was riding a dirt bike on the shoulder of the road after dark and one of the drivers turned into our incoming truck driveway in front of him. The driver was in hysterics when he saw what he had done. The child was just buzzing alongside the road with no lightson and probably didn't even realize what hit him. I hope not anyway.

                                    Anyway OP, I feel for you, but I remember a thread like this a while back and somebody pointed out that sometimes people come out to the country so they can run all over their place and make a racket without being hassled. I would prefer they all flocked together myself and some developer would build "Noisy Acres" - close to "Pyromaniac Heights" for the folks that burn ALL their trash like my neighbors. They've burned upholstered chairs, a sofa, a Little Tykes plastic table for the preschool set and myriad other stanky things, and usually when it's wet so we get THAT piquant tang too. They have not, to date, attempted to burn anything with a gas tank but I am waiting.
                                    Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
                                    Incredible Invisible


                                    • #19
                                      You're worried about weekends?

                                      I have a competition sniper shooter that lives across the road from me. His neighbor works on drag cars. At all hours. And he shoots squirrels and targets all the time. And they like to leave the radio on by the pool. And his teenager has a jacked up truck with the funky non mufflers on it and every time he turns in the driveway, he guns it so it roars.

                                      I wish it was only the weekends. You have my sympathies.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Tom King View Post
                                        Around here there is a saying: "Anyone with a Pit Bull on a chain in the yard, has kids running all over the countryside on 4-wheelers." Sadly, it's true. There is a beaten two track path on the landowners' side of the ditches of the main roads here for miles, made by 4-wheelers.
                                        KSquared- The dog on a chain in the yard was his prerequisite. And those kids are barefoot on the four wheeler cuttin' doughnuts on the dirt road. Unless they are in your view you don't know what your kids are doing on that 4 wheeler.