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    06-13-2012, 11:08 PM
My favorite parts of this forum, as well as other forums, are the breeding and genetics sections, as those topics are where my interest, experience, and expertise are, and of course Appy threads. You will rarely or never see me in topics involving equitation, showing, tack, or other areas where I am ignorant and have no interest, as I rarely offer feedback on something I know little to nothing about.

I mostly appreciate HoFo for its tolerance in permitting political and social discussions...some horse forums don't go there. IMO politics and social issues affect all of our daily lives, and affect us as horse owners both directly and indirectly. Too often our opinions on issues are based solely upon the people we hang out with, which is an extremely narrow range of opinions from a relatively homogenous group, but I find discussing issues with people from all over the country tends to both widen one's horizons and moderate one's views...
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    06-13-2012, 11:08 PM
Originally Posted by eclipseranch    
how do you delete a post? Guess I wasn't welcome in the thread..but don't know how to delete..sorry for the intrusion
?! You're always welcome in any thread!

    06-13-2012, 11:15 PM
I like being called "Tiny" because , in reality, I am gynormous.
    06-13-2012, 11:18 PM
Originally Posted by eclipseranch    
how do you delete a post? Guess I wasn't welcome in the thread..but don't know how to delete..sorry for the intrusion
Why do you feel unwelcome in this thread? I see no reason you wouldn't be welcome.
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    06-13-2012, 11:42 PM
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    06-13-2012, 11:46 PM
Originally Posted by eclipseranch    
oh and BTW my real name is Kathy..eclipseranch is the real name of our place...XD

Hi Kathy, I'm Maggie :P And you have a really cool ranch name!
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    06-13-2012, 11:59 PM
I really enjoy the give and take here. I came here with a lifetime of working horse experience but I have still learned so much that I wonder how I ever did without this place. I like seeing all the different opinions (even when we don't agree, which is often ) and all the different ideas. I enjoy the teaching and the learning that happens often regardless of whether it's a member with 50+ years experience or someone brand new to horses, everyone always has something to teach and something to learn.
    06-14-2012, 12:01 AM
I like the forum because it's made up of people who get that horse people are crazy, we eat, sleep and breathe horse, and don't get sick of talking about the horses we love.

I've "met" some great people, even talk with a few on the phone. One of these days I'd love to meet up with fellow forumers in my neck of the woods for a trail ride if I ever find time. Maybe an open ride in my arenas instead?

There is always something interesting to read like Angel_Leaguer's April and her hoof injury and recovery, garlicbunny's gelding that was hit by lightning and made it through, BarryG's well written account of life & loss of his beautiful mare DiDi. Then there are threads that you love to hate and drive you crazy, like GoldenHorse's Ace & her foaling thread that had us all pulling our hair out waiting on her to pop and now Piaffe's Sequel is doing it to us again. It feels like you almost know some of the horses as well as their owners.

The forum was also a great way to get my horse fix when I went through some health issues last year that had me on the no-fly list. I'd have probably lost my sanity without some horse outlet! So thank you fellow forumers for keeping me out of the white padded room
    06-14-2012, 12:04 AM
Agreed, smrobs. I find myself biting my tongue a lot because I have a tendency to think I am experienced, when I know much less than I am tempted to think.

I have learned mares typically enjoy holding in babies for longer than seems... horsely ? Possible ha!

I'm Ashley/Ash by the way. :)
    06-14-2012, 12:06 AM
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Where else can I post a pic of a wooly worm summer caterpillar I found in my pasture in March (?!) and have other people be excited about it?

Seriously, I agree with what most of the others have said about the bond of talking with other horse people, but also I love to learn (I want to be a professional student when I grow up) and this is a place I can learn.

Even when I'm not searching for anything specific I can learn:
How people do things in other parts of the country
How people do things in other countries
How TO do things
How NOT to do things
How lucky I am to be somewhat sane
How lucky my animals are that I am somewhat sane
How to p*ss of someone without even trying
How pics of someone else's horse can brighten your day
How a story can touch your heart
And mostly, how much a of a bad speller I am when I type fast.

I love that I can come here and in the span of one vist I can learn, teach, share, see, show, encourage and be encouraged.

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