• 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

2012 COTH Secret Santa -- Sleighs On The Way!

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • #41
    Eleanor's right: Baker is good! (Just a hint to my elf that will probably be lost before they're assigned.)
    "Radar, the man's ex-cavalry: if he sees four flies having a meeting, he knows they're talking about a horse!" Cptn. BJ Hunnicutt, M*A*S*H Season 4, Episode "Dear Mildred"


    • #42
      Originally posted by ChocoMare View Post
      Once we close to new entries, the elves sequester themselves at an undisclosed location, order in copius amounts of Candy Canes, peppermint mocha coffee and cookies of every variety as they mix-n-match each entry into their seperate spending-limit & country-shipping category.

      Match announcements are then privately e-mailed out within 72 hours!
      I see! So presumably sometime after/around October 26th? Such wonderful and hard working elves...enjoy that peppermint mocha coffee...best stuff on earth!


      • #43
        Application sent in! Pretty much same as last year.

        Now the very long wait til we get our names/info in October!

        A Wandering Albertan - NEW Africa travel blog!


        • #44
          We warmbloods are already shopping for Eleanor. Plaid and blue and scottish breakfast tea, not necessarily in the same item.

          We won't be eating peppermints and drinking hot chocolate though. We will be drinking beer and mulled wine. So wrapping may look a little rough, depending on the amount that we imbibe. imbibe? We warmbloods drink a lot. And not tea or coffee.

          Eleanor wants something indigenous to our area, did we spell that right? So we cannot catch a possum, we don't way to get sick. Maybe a gator or a possum-on-the-half-shell aka armadillo, or maybe about 1 million of our love bugs? No wait, this is not halloween, it's for secret santa. Off to find something nice around here. We could mail her a yankee, lots of them down here, LOL.


          • #45
            I think for the first time I am going to indulge myself and play this year! After such a crappy year it will be fun to think of someone else for a while!
            If you love me let me go....


            • #46
              We've never played secret santa before so we are just going to have fun.

              And we googled, yes warmbloods can google, and found out that yikes, ups and fedex do charge a delivery fee to deliver to recipients in Canada. Like $50 or more a package mailed from the USA, so we'll have to rely on usps to deliver from the states to Canada. We'll give the postal service a map! We wonder if that extra charge is because the delivery men have t o dodge Meese up there? (Is that $50 Canadian dollars or American dollars?) Fortunately the post office is right down the road from our barn. But we still whinny each time the ups guy drives up to our barn. Ha ha auto-correct changed whinny to whiney.

              Everyone be careful not to grinch anyone. Christmas is for giving, not for grinching. Although one barn owner said one of us (wb #1) should have gotten a lump of coal in his stocking. (Eat your heart out ex-BO, you just wanted one like us without the uh, inquisitive feature.)

              We wish you a merry Christmas,
              We wish you a merry Christmas,

              We're Canadian warmbloods,
              We're big, We're bad,
              We're looking for your plaid.
              Last edited by WildandWickedWarmbloods; Sep. 9, 2012, 03:09 PM.


              • #47
                WooHoo! I love secret santa! Just sent my email
                If i smell like peppermint, I gave my horse treats.
                If I smell like shampoo, I gave my horse a bath.
                If I smell like manure, I tripped.


                • Original Poster

                  Wow, 23 entries so far! That's the most in such a short time I've ever seen. Keep 'em coming!!!!
                  <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


                  • #49
                    I would really love to do SS this year (been gone from COTH for a while...) but financial problems have forced me to sell my boy and get out of horses for a while. Anyone else do SS that doesn't actually ride or have horses? Do you still enjoy it?


                    • #50
                      Secret Santa Virgin here...sent in my email


                      • #51
                        Whoa! Virgins?

                        Oh oh, is the secret santa for virgins only? If so, we have problems.

                        We're the "Canadian warmbloods,"
                        We're grey, we're bay,
                        We sent our agent shopping today.

                        We got English breakfast tea, and irish breakfast tea, and a tea grown right up the coast from us. Still have to find Scottish tea. maybe we could pour some Bell's 20 yr old Scotch on some tea bags? We also got Eleanor 3 items from our local area. One of the items goes with tea, the other will be for breakfast as well. The third can be eaten all day, with tea of course.

                        What's black and white and red all over? Warmblood #1's rump in the sun!

                        Off to order the plaid item and have it sent to us. Shipping to Canada is a pain. We can see why the USA invaders lost the battle of Quebec. The supply trains were overtaxed at the border.


                        • Original Poster

                          Originally posted by talkofthetown View Post
                          I would really love to do SS this year (been gone from COTH for a while...) but financial problems have forced me to sell my boy and get out of horses for a while. Anyone else do SS that doesn't actually ride or have horses? Do you still enjoy it?
                          We have lotsa horsie folks that are currently horseless. Play anyway!
                          <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


                          • #53
                            Just sent my email off as well--I'm both new to COTH as well as a SS COTH virgin so this is going to be LOTS of fun!
                            RIP my beautiful Lola, ????–August 29, 2014


                            • #54
                              I have my email almost ready to go, but the 'tell us about yourself' bit always stumps me. I feel like I'm either saying way too much or way too little. (I tend to be very wordy. It's a style thing. )

                              Anyone have an example of what they might say there that they want to share so I can use it as a guide and finish up my email?


                              • #55
                                That is so great..

                                Originally posted by Eleanor's elf View Post
                                Apples are red,
                                You will be glad,
                                One of your horses,
                                Is gonna wear plaid.

                                Uh, you'd better sign up, Eleanor. We (it takes 2 warmbloods to be your "elf") have already gotten chocosanta's permission to be your elf.

                                Is all your info the same as on your signup last year? Like the address, and mailing issues, and the sizes of those meese?

                                Ok now we warmbloods aren't signing up to get gifts, just to be Eleanor's "elf" this year. So if you don't sign up, Eleanor, we warmbloods are gonna look uh dumb. And you should know that warmbloods are not dumb bloods.
                                Eleanor is the biggest Sweetie, She sent me a mug on another board last year cause, well, I did not get any gifts for christmas. And I cannot imagine anyone grinching her, or anyone for that matter. Gee, I might have to sign up, I dont do presents and this would be so fun to get a horsey person to spoil.


                                • #56

                                  Originally posted by talkofthetown View Post
                                  I would really love to do SS this year (been gone from COTH for a while...) but financial problems have forced me to sell my boy and get out of horses for a while. Anyone else do SS that doesn't actually ride or have horses? Do you still enjoy it?
                                  You do not have to have a horse, or even ride, Just tell Chocomare all your likes and hobbies and other critters etc.
                                  I no longer have a horse, but still ride my students, And wow, well I guess I am signing up!


                                  • #57
                                    Ohh im SO EXCITED!! Had so much fun doing this last year! I love the gifts I received, and had a ball shopping for another COTHer. I dont know what is more fun--shopping and arranging your SS's package, or waiting for the package from your elf!

                                    Will be sending my e-mail in a few
                                    Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
                                    White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

                                    Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.


                                    • #58
                                      Please don't let lack of a current horse stop anybody. There are all sorts of possibilities. Just to name a few:

                                      Horsey books (check ABEbooks.com for some of the older ones people talk about on those old horse books I read when a kid threads).

                                      Horsey T-shirts.

                                      Home-made nibbles. My SS last year made awesome nibbles, especially the lemon bars.

                                      There's a company that sells long-stemmed chocolate horses, for those who think horses are even better than roses.

                                      Lots of potential horsey gifts have nothing to do with tack. Come on in and join us!


                                      • #59
                                        I signed up....
                                        Insignia MC - Spanish PRE mare
                                        Tuggy - RIP at the bridge (9/12/2016)
                                        Theodore the Boxer - RIP at the the bridge (10/5/2017)


                                        • #60
                                          For the first time..

                                          Im IN! Very excited about it!