• 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

My 1st Show in 40+ years, or how Super Horse saved my life

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • My 1st Show in 40+ years, or how Super Horse saved my life

    Ok, I'm a 57 yr old rerider. I've been at it for the last 5 years. Well, I'm finally in a position where I've got the horse, the trainer and the will to do this. So, we did our first show this past weekend. Local circuit, but here in S. Florida, you can get stiff competition even at the local level. Wellington is right up the road.

    I chose to debut in the 2'6-2'9 jumpers. My horse is a 7 yr old TB, although tattoed, he did not race. However, his former owner did show him at 3'0. He also rode drunk and tended to drive him through the jumps instead of over them, but that's another story.

    We did 2 classes. In the first, I pulled a rail. My fault. In the second class, we went clear, and actually place 3rd to my great surprise!

    I am more than pleased. I have a super horse, IMHO, bc there were a few times I could really have eaten it. He saved me. I love this horse.

    So here are some pictures from that round.




  • #2
    Sounds like a good day and congratulations You may need to open the pictures up to everyone so they can see them, I couldn't pull them up.
    They're small hearts.


    • Original Poster

      Hmmm, try this


      • #4
        Glad you had a great return to showing!! You sound like you have a wonderful horse. i could not see the pictures on either link.


        • #5
          Didn't work - you need to reset the privacy settings of the album so that "Everyone" can see it. You can click "Edit this album info" at the bottom of the album to make it visible to everyone.
          They're small hearts.


          • #6
            I can see other albums, but not that one.


            • Original Poster

              Hmm, ok, try this



              • #8
                From a 58 yr old re-rider with a super OTTB whose only jumping 18" but loving it...WOO HOO! Congratulations and thanks for the inspiration. Can't wait to see those pics!
                Mon Ogon (Mo) and Those Wer the Days (Derby)


                • Original Poster

                  OK, try this, http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...97869289&saved


                  • #10
                    Pics look great. Congratulations! It's such a big step. Continued success!


                    • #11


                      • #12
                        Wow, that's awesome. My 15 years off pale in comparison! Great job


                        • #13
                          I love these posts - I turned the dreaded "4-0" this year, and still feel and am surrounded by 25+ year olds in my barn. I hate my age - and feel more close to those so much younger then me, then those around my age.

                          Just bought a 2 year old tb/clyde cross after spending the last 3 years jumping my full clyde and falling in love with jumping.

                          I feel like I'm on the second half of my life, my children are almost gone, and I strive for role models around my age that are actually re-riders but are doing amazingly well.

                          Congratulations, I saw the images and you should be so proud, yep sometimes our horses bail our butts out - and sometimes we ride like we've never ridden before. Can't wait to see more photos and hear more about your adventures! Congratulations on finding that second half and embracing it! You looked amazing!


                          • #14
                            At least when you get in trouble you don't grab him in the mouth. What a lovely horse... and I'm sure the last picture is more typical of your riding.


                            • #15
                              That's teriffic! You are an inspiration to me...I just started riding again 3 months ago at age 48, after 30 years off, seeing what you've accomplished gives me hope.


                              • #16
                                Congratulations! I am an adult re-rider too, and 2'6 - 2'9 is my goal. Sometimes I worry that at 39 yrs. old I am not being realistic, and your story shows me that I can get there!
                                Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion.... ~ Emerson


                                • Original Poster

                                  Keep at it ladies! So glad to hear all of your stories too. With the age comes more aches and pains, but also more patience. I, too, feel mentally much younger, in fact, I really have to struggle to accept myself as 57. I can't change it though. My DD also rides and feels it's selfish of me to have this horse, even though she can come and ride him if she wants, but being 15, she doesn't want mom's horse. Her loss. I figure I only have a limited window of opportunity and she will have the rest of her young life. She does ride other horses so she's not short of a horse to ride.

                                  Thanks for all your support and good luck out there. Let's see more pics!


                                  • #18
                                    Congratulations!!! That is so great!!!! I just turned 51, and took a llllllong time off; well, well over 20 years! I'm hoping to do the same - but I am looking foward to trying hunter paces and trials. Never did that in my early days - it was all show, show, show!!! Not against doing that again, but ..... definitely taking a more relaxed attitude about it now and am not in the mood to "chase" points, etc.

                                    Keep us posted! Awesome ...


                                    • #19
                                      Theres a saying that TB's are kind to children and Drunks, I guess we need to ad Older riders to the saying too. Fabulous post!


                                      • #20
                                        Well done!!! I remember my return to the show ring after 10 years, and that was scary enough... I can't imagine a hiatus as long as yours! Your horse looks like a saint, and I absolutely love his expression- it looks like he really enjoys his job. Keep at it!!
                                        friend of bar.ka