• 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

"duh" moment with the dutch doors.

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • "duh" moment with the dutch doors.

    a.k.a. "why I fenced in the front of my barn" I have a routine already and apparently I'm not good at change. I locked the horses out of their stalls yesterday by closing the dutch doors, but left their inside "regular" stall doors open to keep some air moving in the stalls. Well... I never leave the inside doors open, so I walk out to feed last night and open my horses dutch door to let him in. Woops... he proceeds to walk in and trot right out of his stall inside of the barn, then into his neighbors stall, then gets tangled up in the mess I have in the "aisle"- it's only a teeny 24x40 barn to begin with. Then he goes in front of the barn and I walked out with a halter and he did that panicked spazz-out "OMG, where am I!?! I'm so terrified ". Finally he went back in the barn via the people door which was open and since it was a straight shot to his stall hopped back in. I got him locked in and settled my heart rate back down. Lesson to me... double-check all doors, good for fencing in around the barn, and clean up my dang barn! If there wasn't crap laying around I wouldn't have been worried. So if you're ever new to having dutch doors, don't forget!

  • #2
    Thanks for a good laugh today, I could picture the whole scene, especially the panicked gelding, as I have one who would have had the same reaction in that situation.
    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


    • #3
      Your post made me LOL, because while I know the drill and the tricks of our five geldings, my husband (who often does the barn for me) does not, and our guys take advantage of him all the time. He opens all the stall doors before bringing them in, so they often go into the wrong stalls and create confusion that they never would with me. He trusts that they won't open the gate that blocks them from the barn aisle, or open their stall doors if he doesn't latch them -- but they all know how. My favorite thing is to send him down to do the horses on the weekend mornings, then watch the confusion that ensues!

      Once you and your horses get used to the double doors to their stalls, you'll be amused by their antics rather than stressed. Oh, and you'll love the dutch doors, and so will they!
      "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
      <>< I.I.


      • #4
        You are soooo not alone!

        My service door is kept locked with the key in it since my TWH taught himself to open it.
        My barn is surrounded by paddock and horses are loose 24/7/365 with access to the stalls or either pasture from there.

        1st time I thought "my Bad, left it ajar..." when I walked in to find his big butt facing me in the aisle with the grain bin overturned - TG that had been nearly empty when I left.

        2nd time I thought "Hmmmmm" and that's when the key became a permanent fixture.

        Not sure my new guys will try the door, but unless they can figure out how to turn the key I'm safe.
        *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
        Steppin' Out 1988-2004
        Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
        Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


        • #5
          Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
          Not sure my new guys will try the door, but unless they can figure out how to turn the key I'm safe.
          You realize you have just jinxed yourself and they will learn faster than any horse, ever.

          "Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit."
          - Desiderata, (c) Max Ehrman, 1926


          • #6
            Funny you should post this, last night I forgot to close a gate, much to my horses' delight!

            I have 2 large grass pastures that open off a small paddock. The "day shift" horses have the gate open to the smaller pasture on the right, and at night the other horses go to the larger pasture on the left. The water trough is in the paddock for both fields, and we always close off the field not in use.

            Last night I was in a hurry, brought the day horses in and forgot to close that gate into the paddock. When I put the other 4 out they raced to that open gate and had a ball running around the "forbidden" field. Even though they were still inside a fence, "freedom" in a new field went to their heads. There was no way I was going to catch them - and this is a crew that usually comes running when called.

            It was pretty funny to watch them (3 of the 4 are between 18-33 years old) clown around before they settled to graze. After an hour they lost interest and wandered back to the paddock and out the other gate to their own field.
            ~ A true friend knows all there is to know about you and still likes you. -E. Hubbard


            • #7
              I can do you one better...

              Back when Mom had our nice barn built, we started with one finished stall for my show horse, who had been boarded, and the pasture horse stalls had been completed on an as needed basis. We had nice looking but (as it turned out) purely decorative dutch doors in each stall. Mom put two (maybe three) pasture horses in one stall with the dutch top open. They promptly leaned on the cheapo soft wood door with the pitiful little bolt latch, broke stuff, and went merrily galloping about the yard. When I had them rounded up and put back in their respective stalls, I demanded to know why Mom had put them all in one stall to begin with. Her reply? She "forgot" we had more than one stall finished. Not like she didn't walk past two other finsihed stalls to get to the one she used.

              Now that was a "Duh" moment.
              Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans