• 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

Being a WS and a working adult IS possible - aka Heinz goes to Boot Camp!

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Being a WS and a working adult IS possible - aka Heinz goes to Boot Camp!

    By chance, I happened to learn yesterday that a certain Bereiter happens to live (quite) near me and was looking for a working student to help start some babies and put rides on some horses already under saddle, starting them over fences and doing some flatwork.

    Now, I'm admittedly a little rusty, as I haven't been riding that much lately, and never claimed to be a DQ in the first place, so I went into my "interview" today with no real expectations - I am what I am, and wasn't expecting to be fawned over or celebrated. It was quite the experience; I felt a bit incompetent at times, riding a very nice but strange horse (not something I do often anymore) in a strange place in front of strange people (haven't shown in nearly a year, either), not really knowing what they wanted to see. We had a good bit of technical and theoretical discussion and while I came away sweating like a pig (it's only 80 and humid here today! ), I feel like my brain has been challenged more than anything. He was complimentary in some aspects but also very blunt about what I need to work on and what he was offering to teach me, which was refreshing. He did say that he thought I had the potential to improve quite a bit in a short amount of time, which I took as a compliment.

    The best part is, they are willing to accommodate my "real" job, and I'll be working with him after work a few nights a week and likely one full weekend day as well. This is a fantastic opportunity that just sort of fell into my lap - I can't afford regular lessons right now, and I've been feeling a bit lacking in the confidence/effectiveness department, like we're sort of muddling along without really getting very far. It will be hard, and I will be very tired, but I'm so thrilled at the mental stimulation I'm feeling from just one ride! I'm a nerd at heart.

  • #2
    Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
    Read me: EN (http://eventingnation.com/author/annemarch/) and HJU (http://horsejunkiesunited.com/author/holly-covey/)


    • Original Poster

      Thanks, retread. I'm not sure what exactly the point of my post was, other than to say, Yay Me!


      • #4
        Yay! I do kinda the same thing but with a HJ trainer. She is very blunt, but I actually need that. I don't want to be fawned over when I am well aware how much I suck, lol! Best part is she has lots of sales horses which I get to ride and they range from a 14hh appaloosa pony to a huge WB gelding, and everything in between. It is such an awesome learning experience .
        "Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
        "With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey


        • #5
          Congrats! Sounds like a wonderful opportunity and good on you for seizing it!


          • #6
            Cool! That is awesome.


            • #7
              Awesome! Have fun and learn lots!

              A Wandering Albertan - NEW Africa travel blog!


              • #8
                Originally posted by Heinz 57 View Post
                Thanks, retread. I'm not sure what exactly the point of my post was, other than to say, Yay Me!
                Nothing wrong with that.

                Have fun and enjoy everything about this amazing opportunity!
                Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!


                • #9
                  Sounds like a terrific opportunity and I bet you'll be fit and strong and on your top game soon. Can't wait to hear how it goes!


                  • #10
                    Yay you, indeed! Congrats and enjoy!
                    Balanced Care Equine


                    • #11
                      One of my trainers did something similar when she wanted to move from hunters to eventing. She had a FT job and became a WS at night and on weekends at a dressage barn. She got excellent training in dressage. She used her experience not only to bring along her own horse from being backed to Advanced, but she has built up a clientele of people needing young horses started properly. I hope the OP's experience is as successful!
                      Where Fjeral Norwegian Fjords Rule


                      • #12
                        Congratulations! This is worthy of a yay you post!
                        If Kim Kardashian wants to set up a gofundme to purchase the Wu Tang album from Martin Shkreli, guess what people you DON'T HAVE TO DONATE.


                        • #13
                          Awesome! The more horses you get to sit on, the better rider you become. Sounds like a great opportunity.


                          • #14
                            Sounds fantastic! Congrats! I'm a little jealous.


                            • #15
                              Yay you!!
                              runnjump86 Instagram

                              Horse Junkies United guest blogger


                              • #16
                                That is awesome!!
                                Eventing It Up In The Great White North! A girl, a horse, and a helmet cam!!


                                • #17
                                  Sounds like a perfect opportunity - pretty lucky to get to do it in the evenings on the side of your proper job!
                                  I've been a working student since September (no job though - just becoming poorer and poorer). I'm at my second place now, but the first place I was at was similar to the one you're at: GP dressage rider also breaks in and fixes problem horses. So I got to break in a whole bunch of babies, ride horses with "issues" and get to ride grand prix horses. Which is awesome because that combination does not normally exist. I learned a TON - it was probably the best thing that has ever happened to me horse-wise. I feel so much more well-rounded and confident as a trainer and dressage rider.
                                  Hopefully your experience is as good as mine was!


                                  • #18
                                    Congratulations! Sounds perfect!!
                                    "If you've got a horse, you've got a problem"


                                    • #19
                                      That is awesome! Its so nice to hear when trainers are willing to put the time in and be flexible with scheduling.