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        08-29-2012, 12:24 AM
    I specifically looked up "horse forum" as I was dying to talk about horses to people who understood. This forum was the first result, followed by HGS, and I liked the layout of this forum better.

    I have tried to participate in other forums in the past, but sadly they all went inactive or were deleted :(.

    I really love it here and the people are what keep me coming back.
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        08-29-2012, 12:38 AM
    Slow times at work had me nosing around. Then I started seeing great pics posted by actual people, not just posed pics by photogs, I was hooked. Oh & Allison Finch a moderator on here said I had to keep coming back or she would arrest me or something like that (it's how they get everyone hooked).
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        08-29-2012, 08:47 AM
    Green Broke
    I've enjoyed reading the variety of responses. This Forum is filled with such a diverse group of people, yet the horse is what we all have in common.

    Like many, I was also searching the net for some answers to a health issue my mare T (deceased now) had. This site kept popping up. So , I kept coming back to check things out and get a feel for the place.

    I finally joined after a year of "lurking", yes I am an overly cautious person , and I also wanted to polish up some skills on the computer (an evil thing that I have a love/hate relationship with.....and still do).

    I have learned so much, and have had much to ponder at times thanks to the HF family. There are members that I miss, as they are not as active as they once were, but continue to enjoy the "regulars" and like getting to know the new members.

    I don't have a lot of time to hang out here, but always enjoy myself when I do. You all are so interesting and I continue to enjoy having my mind expanded and my knowledge (though limited and questionable at times ) tested.

    Well, that's why I joined, and continue to drop in. Plus those **** carrots and my compulsive addictive nature!
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        08-29-2012, 08:58 AM
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    I had an old TWH, he was in his thirties at the time and he had gone off his feed. The vet that I used at the time wasn't real concerned, said it was fairly common for an older horse to go off his feed every now and again. I wasn't happy with that answer. I was surfing the web and stumbled onto this forum.

    I posted a question and received a simple answer from a poster (Tim) that has since left for college. His response was to find him some good green grass and let him graze. He said that sometimes jumpstarts the appetite. I let him out in the front yard that night and it worked. After that I would let him out everyday when I got hom for hours. He was a happy old guy. (I do have pasture but it's not as lush as the yard)

    I sort of got addicted to the forum. I sort of have a problem. I'm not ready to seek help though, not as long as everyone on this forum keeps enabling my problem.
        08-29-2012, 09:03 AM
    I'm going to sound like a right saddo.. I joined for horsey company. I live in a different country from where I grew up and am married to a non-horsey husband. I wanted to talk horses with people! So I googled "horse chats" and this popped up, jumped in and have now had a serious reality check about how little I know.. thanks for that guys! ;)

    Plus.... who doesn't like showing off their four-legged soul mate? :)
        08-29-2012, 09:12 AM
    I can't remember what I was looking up when I found this site. I started to stalk it and then I had a situation come up that I felt the need to join and start a thread. Its a place where I know I can get straight forward, honest answers instead of going to someone who may sugar coat things.
        08-29-2012, 09:14 AM
    I joined because my horse was relentlessly pacing the fenceline when turned out at the livery yard she was kept at and I hadn't any horsey friends to complain to, nor did the barn owner or vet have any answers. No one here had any answers, either, and my initial gut feeling, that my horse just develops irrational dislikes of certain yards or barns for no reason I can precisely identify, turned out of be correct. I moved the horse to a new stable, which solved the pacing problem, but continued to hang around the forum as it proved to be somewhat addictive.

    That solidified my belief that asking people who don't know you or your horse for advice over the internet is not really an effective way of fixing a training or behaviour problem, but the forum is fantastic for sheer entertainment value, and indeed, random people over the internet can answer more concrete questions that don't depend on knowing your or your horse.
        08-29-2012, 09:29 AM
    Green Broke
    Everyone on Yahoo answers were being bratty 14 year olds, so I came here:P
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        08-29-2012, 09:37 AM
    I have a friend who's a member, and she convinced me to join. I know not everyone is glad of that!
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        08-29-2012, 11:30 AM
    Green Broke
    I am!! *coughcoughI even stalked you a little when I first joinedcoughcough*
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