• 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

Looking for non-horse buddy recomendations

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Looking for non-horse buddy recomendations

    We currently have 2 horses on our farm - our 15 yr old retired gelding and a friend's retired gelding that we board. Our boarder is relocating to NH in a couple months and we're thinking about finding some other type of companion buddy for our gelding. We had minis before, but weren't a fan. Any recommendations for a good buddy? Goat? Sheep?

    We would like to find something that is easy to take care of and handle

  • #2
    A mini donkey. They are fabulous companions and easy keepers, not to mention the cuteness factor!


    • #3
      Goats make good companions and will eat stuff horses don't but you absolutely need very good fence.

      Sheep are also good and less testing of fences but unless you get hair sheep they need to be shorn.
      I wasn't always a Smurf
      Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
      "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
      The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.


      • Original Poster

        We have slip rail fence, so preferably someone that doesn't like to wander under/through the fencing would be good


        • #5
          the people that had my horse before I bought him kept him by himself, and they got him a goat, but he hated the goat. The poor goat loved, him, tho. Would not stop following him around.


          • #6
            I second the mini donkey recommendation. But, since I already have the cutest donkey on the planet, you'll have to content yourself with the lesser donkeys available :

            "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."


            • Original Poster

              How are mini donkeys to handle? What type of care do they need - food, feet, worming, shots? Does your equine vet take care of the donkey too?


              • #8
                my hair sheep stick to the horses like glue - except if it rains as the horses don't mind the rain and the sheep hate getting wet and will run to the stalls
                Nothing says "I love you" like a tractor. (Clydejumper)

                The reports states, “Elizabeth reported that she accidently put down this pony, ........, at the show.”


                • #9
                  an alpaca or llama.

                  Originally Posted by JSwan
                  I love feral children. They taste like chicken.


                  • #10
                    Mini Donk

                    Another vote for a mini donkey. Mine sees herself as the protector of my mare. She will even chase deer out of the pasture to protect the horse. She stays by her side all the time, and they are best friends. She is the easiest keeper I have ever had.


                    • #11
                      We have 2 nubian goats with our dry-lotted pony and they are a happy family (and the goats are more fun than puppies and less trouble). I do have to braid his tail though. We have 3 strands of braided very HOT wire and they won't leave the pony's side and have never escaped.

                      My friend has a mini donkey and the horse is so attached he has an anxiety attack when the donkey is seperated from him for farrier or vetting.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by filly78 View Post
                        How are mini donkeys to handle? What type of care do they need - food, feet, worming, shots? Does your equine vet take care of the donkey too?
                        A mini Donkey will require the same care as a horse as far as worming, vaccinations, dental and farrier care. My equine vet handles all things donkey related too. All donkeys are individuals with their own personality however, generally, donkeys are very affectionate and enjoy attention. As with any animal they need to be trained. Halter break early. My donkey does better being driven from behind than being led but I've found him easy to handle. He is very loving and affectionate and enjoys pats and scritches and will frisk you for treats if you enter his enclosure. I've trained him to pull a cart and now my husband will drive him on trail rides with me while I ride my horse. http://pets.webshots.com/photo/28114...80191555slYqAL They don't require a lot of food...most don't need any extra feed beyond good quality hay or pasture and fresh water. I give mine a cup of feed am and pm just because the horses are getting fed and I just can't leave the little fella out.
                        "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."


                        • #13
                          PRS, that's one of the cutest pictures I've ever seen! I love mini donks.

                          I loff my Quarter horse clique

                          I kill threads dead!


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tikihorse2 View Post
                            PRS, that's one of the cutest pictures I've ever seen! I love mini donks.

                            Thank you! I just love my little guy! That was my boss' son and twin grandsons in the cart. It's one of my favorite pictures too.
                            "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."