• 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

first time to help staff

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • first time to help staff

    This Sunday's hunt was a beautiful and brisk day. I was expecting cruising around in the field but ended up shadowing a whip.

    We were alittle short staffed and MFH asked me to lead the hounds on the hack, which I've done before. I was expecting to go down the lane, and as in the past, we would stop and I would go back to the field before he cast the hounds. this time, was asked to move to the side as we were trotting along, off the hounds went. I was thrilled O'reilly didn't bat an eye or even twitch or speed up as the hounds staff and field went thundering by. He just waited for my cue and picked up our spot in the end field. I was surprised as we have not hunted much since the beginning of the year due to weather conditions and my horse was pretty fresh. I had the flu during the week, so was just planning on riding to the back so we could lope along..heck, I almost hill-topped as I didn't think I had it in me to jump.

    Later, during the hack down the road, MFH asked again for me to flank him with the other staff. Then he asked me to shadow a whip. As we galloped across the fields, she would tell me where I needed to be and so on. Very educational but very fun.

    It was a blast! O'reilly didn't care if we were by ourselves and loved it when were were at a check and the hounds were near him. For a big horse, he loves the creatures that are much smaller than him.

    Getting to view the hounds at work with the MFH and seeing field galloping behind was a sight to behold! It was such an honor and I was thrilled to find my horse was up to the task too.
    Last edited by bigbaytb; Feb. 13, 2012, 04:09 PM.
    I love my OTTB! I get my dressage test done faster!

  • #2
    Well, that is cool -- the MFH must have confidence in you.
    Yes, I know how to spell. I'm using freespeling!



    • #3
      Once you start to work as staff, riding in the field will never be the same. The rapport you develop with your horse is unbeatable, and you'll see things you would never notice when you're caught up in the crowds. You should be quite rightly thrilled to have been called upon. It's an honor.


      • #4
        I agree you'll see a change in your horse. My first time as a whipper in was when I showed up at a meet and the huntsman asked which horse I had. I told him the older one and he said good I need you to whip in. I wasn't sure if my horse would do it but he did. The most interesting part of the day was staying behind to collect hounds and then bring them up. I had about 15 hounds with me and tried to get them to jump the coop ahead of me. Instead they stayed with me. My horse power walked to the coop and jumped with hounds on either side.

        It was very cool moment.
        A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.


        • #5
          I agree - once you've hunted "up front" with hounds, hunting in the field will never be the same. I really doubt that I'd hunt at all now if I couldn't be up to watch hounds work. =)


          • #6
            What do you mean by "up front"?
            Last edited by Ememdems; Feb. 17, 2012, 09:38 AM.
            I use Mobile phone signal booster in my big office. It works.
            what is a mobile phone signal booster


            • #7
              As much as I have enjoyed the occasional whipping in, I'd rather hunt with the field. Leading the field is another level of challenge. Once you've lead the field for a while it is tough to ride behind someone else.
              A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.


              • #8
                I ride 2nd horse for my partner (huntsman) so am free to go where I like. As soon as hounds find, I leave the field and go up closer to hounds and watch for the hare and take note of where she's run. That way if hounds check I'm normally able to tell "himself" just where she's gone so he's able to help hounds find the line again. I get to see as much hound work as the huntsman does. Love it!


                • #9
                  We are not worthy!

                  From your fans here at COTH - we bow low in admiration and envy! Let's all do the wave for BBT!!! And a tip of the Lemoncello/Prosecco goblet to our fellow Hunting Princess who has truly "made it"!!! Woooooo hoooooo!!
                  It's an awesome experience and best is the knowledge that your mfh/hunt staff have that kind of faith in you! Some members are help-some are hindrances! You rock! Congratulations my dear! Wunnerful!! and I hope Mr. O'Reilly at least gotta carrot for dat!!


                  • Original Poster


                    Ha. LOL. Don't be tipping too much lemoncello in praise. There are a few riders that have more experience than me that the MFH chooses from, but it was nice to have the stars aligned my way for this hunt for me to get the experience. I hope it happens again!
                    I love my OTTB! I get my dressage test done faster!