• 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

HELP-Breaking the Boredom (kind of long)

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • HELP-Breaking the Boredom (kind of long)

    Background info: I have a 5 year old WB that is absolutely driving me crazy. He is a gelding but is a little stallion-like. He likes to challenge authority, he requires a lot of finesse when being ridden, and he is generally fearless (the neighbors dog growled and charged at him- all the other horses in the pasture ran away but he turned head on and challenged the dog- dog was smart enough to back down after seeing him strike out with his front legs). He is also absolutely oozing with personality (very expressive both in good and bad ways) and gets bored way too easily. He also never spooks or balks at jumps (one of his redeeming qualities).

    So here is the problem.. I am trying to find ways to keep him from getting bored. When I am in the barn, he likes to paw at his stall door despite that he has an attached run that he can go out and play. When I turn him out (in his bigger pasture/paddock), he plays for about 20 min then stands and paws at the gate (and he has a buddy to play with). When I ride, if he becomes disinterested, he becomes VERY uncooperative (this is by far the biggest problem).

    He gets disciplined for his bad behavior and in general is making definite progress. I am confident that his problem is from boredom and feel if I can help alleviate the boredom his behavior will improve even faster. He has a lot of eagerness and enthusiasm but it needs to be channeled in the right direction.

    He gets almost 24/7 turnout during good weather (varying from medium paddock to large pasture). He gets free choice hay/water and is in good health. He always has a buddy near by or in his paddock (not that he cares too much- he would much prefer human company). I have tried changing up his routine, adding toys and those lick-it things in his stall (fun for 5 minutes then boring), going for trail rides, ground work, jumping new fillers/fences, all sorts of exercises undersaddle, etc. One thing that definitely does not work is too much time off (he gets very sour if I leave him alone for more than a few days). He does love jumping and I have found that if I jump something in the first 5 minutes of riding, he stays interested in his work (well on most days).

    So any ideas on how to help keep him interested or at least not so bored? I'm hoping that there is something that I have simply not tried yet. Don't get me wrong, he is making progress (he is leaps and bounds better behaved than when I got him) but I am hoping that there is something to make everyones life better. I knew when I bought this horse that he would be difficult (previous trainer couldn't get anywhere with him) but was drawn to him because of his talent and he really is a joy to ride when he is focused and cooperative. Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    Aww, you have my exact horse! If your horse shares more traits then he has an outgoing personality and will become a one person horse who he will attatch to and do anything for. My horse doesn't like turnout unless it's on fresh grass (food is his only entertainment, but he's an easy keeper, sigh) Can't help you with specific ways to entertain, nothing has worked for very long... never more than a day!


    • #3
      Except for the pawing at gates and such, I'd dig this kind of horse.

      All you need to do is give him a harder job-- not necessarily physically more work, but definitely mentally more taxing. When he's not listening, things suddenly get much more complicated until he's struggling to keep up with your requests. Do this until he *offers* to cruise around a bit. You are much smarter than he is, so you can make even his flatwork or trail rides full of things to think about. He'll learn to look for the easier ride.

      And when he paws for attention? Jesus! Get mad at him. He can take it, and there's no reason to be his b!tch. If you make it clear that your no one's b!tch on the ground, you may have an easier time on his back.

      It does sound like he's bored and way into you. If you give him more than "I'm always nice to you" he'll straighten up and become a good citizen. Because he does like you and will go out of his way, he'll become a *great* citizen. But it takes time, especially with young boy WBs.
      The armchair saddler
      Politically Pro-Cat


      • #4
        I know this might not be the norm for most of us h/j folks, but if here were mine, I'd put him out in a herd of at least 5 for a few months (if an option).

        Although he is 5, he might just not be that mature mentally.

        I'm a big advocate of herd life for these types. Let the other horses do the work by stimulating him and teaching him some life lessons. You might find the brain will become a lot easier to work with.
        Proud Member of the "Tidy Rabbit Tinfoil Hat Wearers" clique and the "I'm in my 30's and Hope to be a Good Rider Someday" clique


        • #5
          The only thing I can say that works - it's called AGE... LOL.

          ALL the horses in my life seem to have this "smart" human like mind. Looking for ways to entertain themselves... but the only thing that has helped mine is time.....
          Live in the sunshine.
          Swim in the sea.
          Drink the wild air.