• 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

Who to keep / Who to send?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Who to keep / Who to send?

    Every winter I send 2 horses to a friend's facility so that I can keep riding (he has an indoor) and to rest my pastures after re-seeding. For the winter, I keep 2 in my front pasture with a large run-in shed and a round bale of hay to keep my winter barn chores to a minimum.

    One of the 2 that will go to the indoor facility will be my daughter's pony so she can keep riding through the winter too. It's also easier to manage her diet there because she as to be muzzled.

    I had initially planned to take my half-arab so that I could start working with him. He is/was a saddleseat horse, and I'm planning on transitioning him to dressage. He has benefitted greatly from a couple of months of tunout and minimal work to let his muscling relax (he's very hollow backed a high headed). I think a few more months of turnout and relaxation may benefit him though. I've talked to several who have attempted similar rehabs, and all of them said it's important to let them relax before you start retraining so you aren't fighting the muscle memory as much.

    The other horse I could take is my trail horse. The indoor place does have nice trails as well. The only issue there is that his hocks are fusing and he would not be getting 24/7 turnout at the indoor facility. He would be getting limited turnout. My farrier thinks it would be beneficial for me to ride him more than I have been, to help the fusion process along. If I take him to the indoor facility I will be able to keep him in work, and make use of the trails. I admit I don't ride him as much as I probably should, but he does gimp until he gets warmed up. It seems to bother me more than it bothers him. And even though the vet, farrier and pretty much everyone who knows about fusing hocks says to keep riding, it nags at me to feel that hitch under saddle. Would he be better off at home not being ridden but turned out 24/7, or at the facility where he got limited turnout but ridden on a regular basis? Which is going to help the hocks fuse faster?

    So, anyone want to weigh in? At this point I am thinking my best option might be to take the trail horse for November and see how it goes, then I can always switch and take the half-arab in January or February?
  • Original Poster

    Just bumping this up, hoping for some thoughts. It's almost time to take 2 to the winter boarding facility and I'm still undecided on who should go.

    The half-arab that I'm transitioning from saddleseat to dressage. He's the one I was planning on taking, but I'm sort of thinking he may benefit from more time off over the winter to continue to erase muscle memory. Also, he came from a training situation in July where he was ridden in a small indoor. If I board him, he will mostly be ridden in a similar small indoor. I think he could benefit from some more outside riding (without a rail to constantly lean on!). Of my 3 horses he needs the most work (he's very well trained as far as a saddleseat horse, but I want to get rid of the unnatural high head and hollow back so I have a lot of work to do).

    I'm leaning more and more towards taking my trail horse. My trail riding buddy lives conveniently across the street from this boarding facility. I could ride across the road to her place so we could trail ride through the fall/winter. I could also trail ride him solo through the trails on the farm. Unfortunately his hocks are fusing. I have him on 24/7 turnout at home but that is not an option at the boarding place. He's my favorite (easiest!) horse to ride, but I'm not sure how he will fare with limited turnout. If I keep him there I planned on trying surpass and some other things to keep him more comfortable, and it will be easier to wrap/medicate/hose etc. if he is in a stall at nights, so there are positives too I guess.

    A 3rd option that I hadn't totally considered is taking my old TB. He's been in and out of work through the years and I've been considering putting him back in work so I can take him for some dressage lessons this winter. Of all my horses he is the best trained and best suited for dressage physically. Mentally is a whole 'nother issue, but he has been boarded at this place before and does well there. He's only an OK trail horse...better with a buddy, not so much solo. I wouldn't ride him across the road, but I could hand walk him over and probably ride him with my friend across the street. He can be a difficult ride at times or a very easy ride (never in between though! ).

    So, who would you take?


    • #3
      I liked your idea of taking your trail horse for a bit, and then switching to either the half-Arab or your TB in January or so.

      Then you could trail ride with your friend in the fall/before the weather gets too bad, and you can also get a sense of how being not on 24/7 turnout effects him (helps vs hurts).


      • #4
        from what you said you should take the trail horse. It sounds like it's hugely beneficial to him.
        The other guy sounds like he would benefit more from staying home for a bit longer and relax that hollow back by putting his head down grazing


        • #5
          Another vote for trail horse. Nothing quite like a brisk, bundled up Thanksgiving morning trail ride :-) take advantage of the trails and riding buddy! And if the horse is missing his turnout, switch him out with either the one on rest or the tb- but id look into the compatibility of your schedule and dressage lessons in the winter months. Don't know if that might be an issue or not, but a consideration before you decide.