• 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

It's official, my first LD is July 6! ETA a couple questions.

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • It's official, my first LD is July 6! ETA a couple questions.

    I'm really excited! I met an amazingly kind, and generous woman named Shelley Dake, who will be helping me out and holding my hand. I'm registering for the AERC, and the Great Lakes Distance Riders Assoc. and will be doing the AHAM ride at Cheff, in Michigan .

    I can hardly contain my excitement!

    BTW, the FAQ section on this forum is amazing!
    Last edited by hundredacres; Mar. 13, 2013, 10:23 PM.

  • #2
    Congrats! Hope you have a great time
    "As soon as you're born you start dyin'
    So you might as well have a good time"


    • #3
      great! I never imaged the learning curve when I started my first ride (I've only done one year of an LD and 50s, I have so much more to learn!) Read all you can, learn from others, and most importantly, have fun!
      "Do your best, and leave the rest, twill all come right, some day or night" -Black Beauty



      • #4
        Here's some advice that sounds silly but really works for me: when you're tossing and turning the night before the ride and worrying about "not sleeping" is making it harder to sleep, I just tell myself that it's OK if I can't sleep, I'll just lay there and "rest." Takes the stress out of it and then I usually fall asleep!
        Have a great time and take care of the horse!
        It's just grass and water till it hits the ground.


        • #5
          Congratulations! Sounds like you're going to have a great time.
          RIP Victor... I'll miss you, you big galumph.


          • Original Poster

            Thanks everyone! I'm super excited to meet some new people and see some new sights!

            I have a million questions still, but here are a couple you may be able to help me with (since you guys are awesome at recommending places to shop!):

            I'm not going to be able to buy a new saddle this year so I'll just to use the dressage saddle I use for trail riding, until I can afford what I want (after trying some out - I don't want to rush in to an endurance saddle). My "trail" saddle comfortable for my horse, and okay for me for about an hour and a half, but then my seat bones start to hurt. Can anyone recommend something I can use this summer to make it more comfy for me? I see a lot of people use sheep skin but is that for comfort or is it to save their saddle wear and tear? What about the gel seats?

            As well, I'm going to stick with the English Hackamore that I have for now, but I want a fleece cover for the noseband (it has the synthetic fleece on the underside). It's wider than a regular noseband so I'm not sure where to find a fleece for it....recommendations?

            And I'm going to ditch the cheap bio-like headstall I bought last week, and get a different one to use with the hackamore. I don't have a leather one that is sized right, since it attaches so much higher than a bit, so what do I look for? Do I look specifically for a hackamore bridle or headstall, or is there such a thing?

            Okay, I think that's it. I'm going to clean up some of my old stuff this weekend to sell on ebay and to help fund the club and registration fees for the 2 rides I plan to do this summer . I can't go crazy buying new stuff yet, no matter how much I want to - I need to see what other people are using in real life to get some ideas.

            Thanks for any help for now!


            • #7
              Here's the bridle I use with my hackamore.

              For a seat saver, I wouldn't do anything other than sheepskin. Here's a link to a store that specializes in endurance and has both the sheepskin seats and noseband covers.

              Also, if you haven't already, the other thing I would most definitely add to your saddle is endurance style stirrups.
              "As soon as you're born you start dyin'
              So you might as well have a good time"


              • Original Poster

                Thanks TR - I really like that bridle - simple and a good price. And I forgot about the stirrups...I know they will make a big difference so I'll switch those out.

                Great links!


                • #9
                  For the noseband, why don't you try the fleece pieces you put on halters? They arent too expensive. They velcro around the noseband, so u don't have to take anything apart, and if they get nasty, you can toss them in the laundry. I use them on my rope hackamore because my mare has a sensitive face. They also can come in different colors, so if you want to be color coordinated, you can get them to match.


                  • Original Poster

                    I went ahead and special ordered a fleece noseband from JMS - she's very nice! Thanks for the idea!


                    • #11
                      Try out anything new BEFORE the ride. If it dosen't work for you,better to know now! I always bring Tylenol pm just in case I don't sleep well. Make sure whatever you eating the night before is also something you can tolerate well, not too salty. I've seen many riders so concerned with their horses well-being they forget to drink themselves and get disoriented.I also keep a small plastic pill container with aleve and chewable immodium. Chapstick,wet wipes, and Kleenex are also nice. Don't worry about doing everything perfectly, put a smile on your face and enjoy the ride!