• 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

EarPlug Tricks?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • #21
    I would try different types of earplugs. Some like the puffs, some like the foam, some like the golf balls.

    I use the treat method or I just neck twitch to get them in.


    • #22
      Originally posted by GingerJumper View Post
      What kind of earplug are you using? My jumper will NOT let me put any kind of plug in his ear other than fleece. He feels it going into his ear and freaks unless it's fuzzy.
      Yes, this - at my lesson barn we use the kind that are like giant thick cottonballs, and I can't put them in - the sound of that material - that squeak - freaks ME out like nails on a chalkboard! So maybe it's something like that with your boy?


      • #23
        Originally posted by paw View Post
        Honest question here: is it now legal and accepted to use ear plugs/puffs in the show ring? I know a lot of folks use them at home, but...
        I'm pretty sure it's always been legal, but yes it's legal and widely accepted. I know people that put the whole barn in earplugs just to protect the what-ifs at shows. On one horse I don't use them at home, but I use them at shows because of the added tractor noises, talking, loudspeakers, etc.


        • #24
          If he hates the pom style plugs, you may want to try the fuzzy ones or the equifit t-foam ones. I particularly like the equities because they mold to the ear. Personally on my horses I use the equifit and the plughz. On one horse I ride sometimes, I use the fuzzy ones, but only because she's palomino and they match her ears the best.


          • #25
            Clicker train him to put his head down for them.
            The Noodlehttp://tiny.cc/NGKmT&http://tiny.cc/gioSA
            Boy Wonderhttp://tiny.cc/G9290
            The Hana is nuts! NUTS!!http://tinyurl.com/SOCRAZY


            • #26
              I rode at one H/J barn that used them all the time, both at home and at shows, so I always had them in my bag. Now I'm riding a different discipline that hasn't even considered every using ear plugs. One pom fell out of my riding bag, and I had to explain why I had a fluffy puff ball in with my riding stuff!
              The truth is always in the middle.


              • #27
                Cat toy for ear plugs!!

                Originally posted by horsepoor View Post
                i think these are like what I've gotten (can't tell size for sure from pic):


                For show, colored them with magic marker (I have all bays). Home use stayed neon so I can see and remember to remove them.
                Yup...those are the ones! They are bar none far better, easier, stay in better, and the horses don't mind them as much...way cheaper than poms too!


                • #28
                  It took me awhile to figure out the right cat balls to use. I was using the fuzzy type and at a clinic with a trainer who advocates for earplugs in hunters, my horse shook the fuzzy out. He told me to get cat toys, the little balls they have at Petsmart. So after the clinic, I go browse at the pet store and see all sorts of little balls for cats. Stuffed with catnip, hard with a bell, etc. I can not find anything that looks like I'd want to put it in my horse's ear! So I stuck to the fuzzies, which continue to fall out on a regular basis.

                  So I'm horse shopping and one I try has earplugs in. Little foam cat toys! Aha! I'm not a cat person at all, so I had no clue they were little spongy balls. Finally I find them, now that I have a clue what I'm looking for. At least I didn't try the catnip or bell balls.


                  • #29
                    I uses the poms on one of mine. Best method I have found is to just roll them into the ear and then when you take them out just roll them out, instead of shoving them in and grabbing at them to take them out. My horse has gotten to where he doesn't even shake his head after their in.
                    A while back I had another horse who I used a different type of ear plug and I would put them in his ears once I was mounted and took them out before I unmounted. I could not get them in from the ground or via stool but he did not seem to mind when I did it from his back.
                    Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from behind, or a fool from any direction


                    • #30
                      Some horses I think object to the feeling of the foam balls pushing on their ear hair so keeping the ears clipped may help. I use some combo of bribery and neck twitching depending on the horse. I'm reasonably ambidextrous so can twitch with either hand while inserting with the opposite hand.
                      The Evil Chem Prof


                      • #31
                        Originally posted by Peggy View Post
                        Some horses I think object to the feeling of the foam balls pushing on their ear hair so keeping the ears clipped may help. I use some combo of bribery and neck twitching depending on the horse. I'm reasonably ambidextrous so can twitch with either hand while inserting with the opposite hand.
                        This too, my horse wouldn't stop shaking his head two weeks ago, and when we too this ear plugs out he was fine. The next day he got clipped and he was fine with them again.


                        • #32
                          Another vote for the twitch. My mare HATES getting ear plugs put it, but once they're in, she's fine. With the twitch on, she stands like a princess and it's not a huge ordeal.


                          • #33
                            We've always used the soft kind. Used to make them out of yarn. Now we just buy them.(the fuzzy ones) most of ours don't live them but dislike them much less when ears are clipped. If they're too hairy, I think they are not comfortable. Hence, the head shaking.


                            • #34
                              They have soundproof fly bonnets these days too. The ears are lined with a thin, dense, lightweight liner that blocks sound.
                              A quick tutorial on interval training: Conditioning your horse for eventing