*** Horse Forum Rules ***
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1- Please thoroughly read the rules before posting.
All posters must make themselves familiar with the forum rules so they can have a better understanding of the board.
2- No cursing, profanity, swearing, bashing, or comments said with the intent of hurting another user.
This includes, but is not limited to racial slurs and comments about another user's religion or country.
You may not flame another user because of their opinions, beliefs, training methods or anything else.
Please respect all members and their beliefs. Sometimes people think it is ok to criticize someone based on their training methods or riding style. This boils down to "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all". If someone posts about jumping 3 feet for the first time, and you don't like jumping, then ignore the post. On the other hand, if someone posts a thread saying that their training method is the best, you -do- have the right to respectfully disagree with them in a kind, non attacking way.
If you have an issue with another user do not bring it to the public forums. If you feel that discussions with another member or members are becoming offensive and personal then please use the Report facility or start a Talk to the Team thread to contact the Moderators.
Typing around the forum word censors is against the Rules
Starting threads just for bashing purposes is against the rules.
Do not bring arguments/drama to this Forum from other forums and do not carry arguments/drama from one thread to another.
3- This forum is PG Rated, and all threads should follow the forum's rating. No adult themes.
The exception to this rule being conversations about horse matters such as sheath cleaning and breeding. Any topics about this must remain clean and mature. Additionally, while the Horse Forum encourages members to express themselves, images (including avatars or signatures) that are shocking, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate will be removed.
4- Please do not use excessive Net-Speak.
Please spell out your words. For example: Say "Your" instead of "ur", and say "to" instead of "2" etc. Keep in mind, that not all members of this forum speak English as a first language, it is already hard enough for them to translate our slang terms but the net-speak makes it a lot harder for them, since there is no way to translate it. Furthermore, do not type in all caps, or in alternating caps, or use excessive exclamation points or question marks. (Example. DON'T TYPE LIKE THIS oR LiKe ThIs!!!!!111!!!!!????///)
Helpful Hint - Members will find your posts a lot easier to read and understand if you use correct paragraphs and punctuation.
5- Please title your threads properly.
When posting a thread in which you need help, don't title the thread "Help". Title the thread something more appropriate that pertains to what you need help with. This way you are more likely to get a response, and other users that have the same question or problem may not repost the topic since there was already a discussion on it.
If your thread isn't getting as much attention as you'd hoped for please do not start another identical thread with a new title and/or in a new part of the forum. Please use the Report 'button' (Exclamation mark in a grey triangle) to ask the Moderating Team to change the title and/or move the thread to another part of the forum.
Helpful Hints -
When asking for advice please try to give as much information as you can about your experience level, your horse, your situation and your location. It will help members to give you the information that you need without needing to ask multiple questions or make assumptions
6- No flooding or spamming the forums or the threads.
Do not post repetitive topics in one forum or post multiple times back to back. If you need to edit your post to add something you forgot, there is an Edit button you may use.
7- Trolls and Fantasy members
Do not accuse any member of being a troll or a liar within a thread
These call outs will be removed. Members that make them could be infracted and offenders who repeatedly ignore requests to not do it will be banned.
If you suspect that someone is either a troll or lying, contact the Horse Forum Moderating Team via a PM, Talk To The Team Section, or use the report post feature.
8- Rules for Critique Forums
Riding Critique Forum – Members may post pictures/videos of only themselves for a riding critique. It is prohibited to post pictures/videos of others riding for the purposes of a riding critique. An exception for this are parents who can ask critique for their underage children. Parents, if you share a video of your child, please state your relationship to the child in your post so the Moderating Team and other users get that the video isn't just of some strange invidual.
Conformation Critique Forum – Members may post pictures of their own horses or pictures of horses they are thinking of purchasing for a conformation critique.
Stallions and Broodmares/Breeding – Members may post pictures/videos of their own horses or pictures/videos of horses they are considering for breeding purposes for a critique in these two sub-forums.
Other - In addition, members may post pictures/videos of horses for the purpose of educating others. These pictures/videos must be obtained from a public website and must not be watermarked in any way and otherwise follow the Horse Forum rules for posting pictures and videos.
Under no circumstances may a picture/video be posted for the purpose of ridiculing or mocking the horse, rider or both. Any rude or superfluous posts will be removed and the posting member may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including a permanent ban.
9a - No free advertising
Free commercial advertising is not allowed on Horseforum.com. This means that you may not post anything related to your business in your username, avatar, profile, signature or anywhere on Horseforum.com. If you are interested in becoming a paid sponsor, please use the Advertise link at the bottom right corner.
9b- If you want to promote your own website you must link to http://www.horseforum.com/ from the site you are promoting.
This forum was made primarily to bring horse enthusiasts together to discuss and share our horses, and have a safe place to ask questions. We have learned from experience that allowing people who wish to promote and advertise here free reign quickly detracts from the nature of the community. Therefore, the Horse Forum reserves the right to exercise its discretion to prohibit or allow advertising and website promotion. A lot of work goes into growing and maintaining the Horse Forum, so we require that people looking to promote websites link to the Horse Forum from the sites they promote. This way, sites receiving the benefit of the effort that goes into the Horse Forum community give something back.
The Horse Forum Linking Policy
10a- Do not ask for donations, hand outs, or money.
The Horseforum.com cannot verify the validity of any such request. For the sake of avoiding possible scams the use of links, re-directs, and discussions of is strictly against the rules.
If you need money offer something in return such as Artwork, Tack, or other various items for sale. Do not ask for free money. Posts asking for help in coming up with ideas to make quick money are permitted.
10b Do not ask for subscribers to your Youtube channels or votes in contests for yourself or others.
You may passively post a link to your blog or Youtube channel in your signature, in normal size font, without actively inviting or calling out to "come join! We ask that members who do link to their blogs in their signature return the favor by adding a link to the Horse Forum to their blog.
11- Do not link to Facebook, other Forums or social network chat sites
There are several reasons why links to these sites and especially Facebook are restricted at the Horse Forum.
First and foremost, there are many younger Internet users who don't realize or appreciate the potential danger and aggravation that sharing their real identity on a publicly accessible Internet forum can have. There are many adults who don't either, for that matter, until somebody who'd taken a particular interest in their posts, for whatever reason, follows their Facebook link and takes a less than desirable interest in their real identity.
Secondly, the Horse Forum is a social network. Facebook is a social network. Facebook has "one billion [that's 1,000,000,000] monthly active users as of October 2012." (emphasis added) See Key Facts - Facebook Newsroom. It's no secret that activity on many other Internet forums has declined since people began spending more and more of their time online at Facebook. We're not interested in seeing the Horse Forum suffer the same fate. To that end, anyone interested in discussing horses or anything else at Facebook is of course free to do so, but we ask that members not post links to Facebook here.
12- Posts cannot be removed, unless they violate the rules.
Removing your posts would ruin the threads they are a part of. For that reason, once you post, your posts become a part of the Horse Forum and will not be removed.
13- The Horse Forum is not for make believe.
While we're fond of daydreaming, and the discussion of possibilities, the horse forum is not a place for making things up and passing them off as the truth. If it becomes evident that a member has been making things up, and a determination is made that other members' time and energy has been wasted as a result, that member's access may be restricted. Similarly, if there is reason to believe that two members are the same person, one or both members may have their access restricted. That said, members are more than welcome to play games or engage in appropriate role playing in the Games forum when making the character of their posts explicit.
14 - No cyberbullying
This includes but is not limited to the tormenting, threatening, harassing, humiliating, embarrassing or otherwise targeting of any person of any age. Classification is subject to moderator interpretation.
15 - Discussions of HF Policy
Discussions of Moderator Decisions or The Horse Forum Rules/Policies in Open Forum is Prohibited, if you have concerns, Please start a Talk To Team Thread for your concerns.
16 - Membership Policy
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.
17 - Journals
The Journal section of the forum is a place for members to chronical their personal journey with horses and with life. The author has the right to request no advice or critiquing, or to ignore feedback if she or he chooses to and we expect our users to respect that right. While participation in this section is open to all members, please be aware that the forum’s Conscientious Etiquette Policy will be strictly enforced and possible violations may lead to sanctions such as removals, infractions or temporary or permanent bans. Additionally, because of the unique nature of forum journals, the host has the right to request that a post they find disruptive or offensive be removed by the moderators.
18 - Age Restrictions
Members must be at least 13 years old to register. No exceptions.
Members under 15 (13 and 14 year olds) can start threads in any forum (except the Saloon), and can add replies to their own threads as often as they like, but cannot reply to other members' threads in certain forums.
The reasoning behind this rule is that the typical 13 or 14 year old lacks the experience to provide the types of substantive replies that members who start threads expect to receive and unfortunately they often lack the maturity to recognize as much.
In addition to being able to start a thread in any forum they want to and being able to reply in their own threads in those forums, members under 15 can reply to any thread in following forums:
Horse Stories and Poems
Meet the Community
Off Topic Discussion
Jokes and Funnies
Music, Movies, and TV
Using the horse forum
Note: Failure to comply with any of these rules could lead to sanctions up to and including being banned from the Forum.
Note: If you see a violation of the Rules/Policies, please use the report post feature.
Note: It is up to the Moderators and Administrators judgment to protect the forums and uphold these rules. They also have the right to edit your post to take out an offensive statements, or remove your post/thread if they feel you have broken the Rules or if Threads or Posts do not follow our Conscientious Etiquette Policy. Conscientious Etiquette Policy
Neither the Horse Forum, its moderators, nor its administrators are responsible for the accuracy of any information or advice posted here or any direct or indirect consequences for any action or inaction taken in reliance thereon.
Members' posts are their own, and neither the Horse Forum, its moderators, nor its administrators are responsible for any copyright infringement therein. Additionally, the United States' Fair Use doctrine allows for the limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, such as for commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching or scholarship. Fair use - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Here are some links to threads containing changes to, or additions to the Rules
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