• 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

Embracing winter...anyone else?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Embracing winter...anyone else?

    So I watched a programme on TV that said Canadians are in denial about winter...we need to embrace it like other northern countries do. My New Year's resolution is to embrace winter instead of b#$ch about it.
    First thing; stop watching the weather channel....I can figure out what to wear by looking out the window! If in doubt...layers...
    I'm on day 2, and its working! I didn't feel cold and miserable at all this am...even though its pretty brisk out. I even worked a horse OUTSIDE!
    Check in with me in Mar.though, so if its still working

  • #2
    I bought some extra warm clothes and socks, and was warm at the barn yesterday. Doesn't mean I like it .
    COTH's official mini-donk enabler

    "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl


    • #3
      I LOVE winter!!!! I a member of a group who keeps our secret because complaining about summer just isn't done.

      But oh the glory of cold, crisp air. Wind that stings your cheeks and tingles. Snow...beautiful sparkly snow. The deep stillness. The dark. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!

      Is that what they mean by embracing?

      FWIW...I have always loved winter. Spent 8 to 10 hours a day ice skating outside when I was a kid. -10 meant nothing to me...no hat or gloves!
      Ride like you mean it.


      • Original Poster

        Well...you might be a little too enthusiastic....


        • #5
          There is a lot of seriously good cold-weather gear available (look on running websites!) that will keep you toasty warm.
          ezduzit is 100% dead on balls accurate--it's such a great time to ride and be outdoors in general. So hushed and beautiful. Rode yesterday in 15*F (-5* windchill) and had a great time. Cantering across a big snowy field, brilliant sunshine, hearing the crisp 3-beat rhythm in the crunchy snow, horse in a bright mood with ears perked forward. That beats a hot summer ride, hands down.
          Get out there, you will feel great for having done so.


          • #6
            Y'all are my heroes. I despise winter. My horse is awful in the cold, so I don't ride when it gets under 15*. I'm probably just using it as an excuse to wouss out because I'm too cold.

            Ok, fine. Not probably. I am.

            I can't wait to move!


            • #7
              Actually, I'm 'embracing' winter. For the first time in whenever, I'm liking this white stuff and the cold.

              Like the OP, we don't watch or listen to the weather channel that much. If white stuff is falling out of the sky, it's snowing, so bundle up. If you start shivering while outside, it must be really cold, so bundle up. If you see the sun, you have clear sky. If you see dark, menacing clouds to the west, a storm is coming. If you can't see the mountains due to the menacing clouds to the west, a bad storm is coming.

              See, it's all really very simple.
              GR24's Musing #19 - Save the tatas!!


              • #8
                I don't, at my age, embrace winter...but I am embracing my wood stove
                Big Time
                the NOT!! Spoiled!! Arabian Protectavest poster pony lives on in my heart


                • #9
                  Well, I just did my stalls and it's 12 degrees at 1 in the afternoon...

                  So, no. I'm not in an embracing mood right now. Maybe when I thaw out.


                  • #10
                    Embracing it? Hell no. I'm doing my best to ignore it. Not working.


                    • #11
                      I wish I could embrace it, and I cant even tell you how bad, I wish I could.
                      Just like our eyes, our hearts have a way of adjusting to the dark.--Adam Stanley


                      • #12
                        I grew up in San Diego, and lived in a couple of places with seasons but not classic winters... and then I moved to New England! There are mornings (usually the ones where there's a foot of snow in the driveway, or the temp is below 0 degrees F and the wind is howling) where I wish I was still in San Diego. And I am cold from November to May, pretty much. I spend a lot of time in the tub with the bathroom heater turned on.

                        That said, I love riding in the snow, I love that the mare is more energetic once she warms up, and I know that when I am done with the cold, I can go indoors and it will be warmer, if not exactly warm.

                        A friend of mine who's in the "Big M" and having constant hot flashes says that winter is when she's most comfortable.
                        You have to have experiences to gain experience.

                        1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


                        • #13
                          I'd embrace it a lot more if my car could get unstuck from the ice and snow in my driveway. It's been stuck for two weeks now and it's very expensive having to drive the 4WD pickup to work. Of course, the ice is so bad on the 3 miles of hilly road between home and the main road that I'm not sure the car would make it anyway.

                          We typically don't get much snow here so it's not usually an issue. This year we've been hammered by storm after storm - snow, rain, freezing fog. It's been a real PITA.
                          Crayola Posse - Pine Green
                          Whinnie Pine (June 4, 1977 - April 29, 2008)
                          Autumn Caper (April 27, 1989 - May 24, 2015)
                          Murphy (April 28, 1994 - May 5, 2017)


                          • #14
                            considering there are no decent cold weather clothes for sale (that are not Mossy oak), and we have currently like 2 inches of mud in front of the door (would be more I am sure, but hard pan does not get muddy...)

                            I find it hard to embrace it.

                            But I try.

                            But I can see how I would deny it, if half the year was winter...heck, we do that around here with summer!


                            • #15
                              I'd embrace winter a lot more if I didn't have to drive through snow. I like to look at it, don't mind being cold (to a point) or shoveling it (also to a point), enjoy the perks of a warm fire and hot drinks, but absolutely dread driving through any accumulation of it and I've been a resident of upstate NY all my life....


                              • #16
                                I went to kohls after Xmas sale and bought multiple "cuddlesomethingorother" layering warmth encouraging clothes. I'm from Maine originally and I can say I don't miss THAT cold, but here with my warm layers I sweat to death riding in my outdoor.
                                Race training and retraining Thoroughbreds.


                                • #17
                                  There has to be people who love it, I am not one of them...I try not to whine as much as I used to, but the plain truth is, I hate it.


                                  • #18
                                    It is harder to embrace it when it lasts so long here in the North. I just dress for it and take it one day at a time.


                                    • #19
                                      If ya can't beat it, join it? Its going to happen whether I like it or not. Just trying to stay on top of it, not letting the cold deter me from keeping on top of the chores.

                                      For instance, I used to just put the muck tubs off to the side, outside, until they were filled, and then dump them all at once. Well, I just dreaded doing that, so I'm making a resolution to dump them when each one gets full, so I'm not so inundated with tubs, and inevitably, it snows, and I have to trudge through that to dump 4 instead of 1.

                                      I'm also trying to do the big stuff in the morning, when its light out, instead of procrastinating until evening, when its cold, dark, and I'm tired from work. Didn't work out for me this am. Hit the snooze so I have to do the stalls when I get home. Oh well. Tomorrow's another day to start new!


                                      • #20
                                        I live in WI, and I really hate winter. Really, really, really hate it. It makes everything with horses more difficult in general, and even more so with my horse in particular. He hates winter too, is a complete pill to be around, gets very ring sour and fresh in the winter, etc., etc., etc. YUCK.

                                        I am pretty much unhappy and cold from December until at least mid-April. It was warm enough here on December 8 that I could still ride outside, and it made me very happy. However, it was 3 degrees F yesterday morning when I went out to the barn...so my delusions of being able to ride outside again anytime before Spring are over.