• 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.


1 of 2 < >

Event Announcements now available FREE to all registered users

We just reconfigured the Event Announcements forum to be available as a free service for all registered forum users. See the thread stuck at the top of that forum for more information.
2 of 2 < >

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

Chewbacca's (and mine) first HDT

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Chewbacca's (and mine) first HDT

    Because there is simply not yet enough helmet cam video on the Interwebz of me and Chewbacca:


    This was our first HDT ever! It was so very very exciting! A great learning experience- it was really quite different "training" and then getting out to do it "for real" - being in that huuuuuuuge dressage arena and all! But the marathon phase was a blast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    More pictures and a full report can be found right here:


    the short version:

    did we have any issues? no
    did we win? no
    did we make mistakes, gain a better understanding, and build confidence to get into this again next year? YES INDEED!!!!
    did we have fun? OH HECK YEAH!!

    Well.... Ok, maybe Chewie didn't have quite as much fun seeing as how he did all the work

    Next year, I hope to do 2 HDT's with Chewbacca, and actually I am starting to think I may enter my hackney pony, Luke in a full on CDE.... have to see if the "wallet gods" will allow.

    I was planning to take them both to this HDT, but decided that it would be too overwhelming trying to show 2 horses at my first event - and since I was there for 10 hours, and was exhausted by the time I finally got home after unloading and putting everything away, I'm glad I didn't take both horses. Way too much work!!!! lol.
    eBook on Amazon - The Beginner's Guide to Buying a Horse
    My Blog - Life in 2014; Horses, Life, Photography

  • #2
    Congrats! I enjoyed the videos and your blog entry.



    • #3
      I really like HDTs, especially since I drive Clydesdales. The ones I have done have you do dressage and cones before lunch, then a marathon (6-7 K) after lunch. They have a special time for draft horses, although I am pretty sure my guys could come in in horse time. We do 5 hazards. Last one I did we went through the water hazard anbd it was awesome. My goal is always to NOT get eliminated! And we always have funm even if we do get eliminated. There is a close-by venue that has a series of four HDTs and for some reason I have missed them all but the one that is scheduled for this weekend. Since each day is "self-contained" my friend will comppete Saturday and I will compete Sunday. Leaves each of us with help/groom/navigator.

      I am glad to hear Chewbacca did so well! I am bringing Tuffy this weekend. He really enjoys dressage (and is great at it) and my other Clyde Inage still has his big show shoes on, so I don't like to run him so much. One of the other things I like about HDTs is the horses don't see it as a competition since they are not in a ring with other horses, so they are always way more relaxed. I recommend HDTs for anyone wanting low-stress competition, although I have heard from friends that it is difficult for minis due to the distance.


      • Original Poster

        Wow, 6-7K! That's a long one! This marathon was only 4km, and had 3 obstacles. It was a ton of fun, and great first experience, for sure! I can't wait to do more next year.

        And I DEFINITELY found that (as I suspected) my ex-barrel racer turned driving horse ( ) was way way way more comfortable showing in a "non-arena" arena vs. his ADT he did in June. Being in a true arena at a show did not appeal to him, but being out in the open like at the HDT, he was calm and easy going - no barrels to be run!

        Really looking forward to doing more next year.
        eBook on Amazon - The Beginner's Guide to Buying a Horse
        My Blog - Life in 2014; Horses, Life, Photography


        • #5
          Awesome. Sounds like you had fun and you guys looked great!


          • Original Poster

            eBook on Amazon - The Beginner's Guide to Buying a Horse
            My Blog - Life in 2014; Horses, Life, Photography