Totally agree, HF is awesome. I've really copped it on another horse forum which is Aussie-based [Western Aussie in particular] and while, to be fair, I did bring a lot of it on myself in the beginning, it's now FOUR YEARS later and I have changed. They have not. Mods on that other forum are too soft and don't enforce their own code of conduct, and then out of the blue some of the "nice" people get banned for no reason I can see... others left because they were sick of the bullying that went on, and I, too, have left.
It's actually a big problem with the whole culture of the horse scene in general... HF-ers are great but outside, good god... I was criticised for taking on a 2yo TB [they knew nothing about her just that she was 2 and a TB] then criticised when I came to the realisation that there's a personality clash, criticised because I said I didn't know if I wanted to spend YET MORE money on a horse that I wasn't going to keep anyway because our personalities were all wrong for each other, criticised for trying to find her a new home, criticised for advertising her as "any offers accepted, price doesn't matter, home DOES" instead of "free"... God forbid they find out I'm considering rescuing because I'll cop it for THAT too.
And all of this just in the last 3 1/2 months... been going on at approximately that rate for FOUR YEARS.
A CLEAN SLATE FOR THE FUTURE