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rocky pony 12-13-2010 06:49 AM

Hoo-Rah for the Horse Forum, and a Quick Note
Whenever I try to join other forums for other things I am able to so much more deeply appreciate the Horse Forum.
Between the large, diverse member base; active, friendly moderators; and general respect and consideration of other members, I've yet to come across any other forum that provided nearly as much information, advice, or entertainment to me.
I just wish every forum out there were like this one- it would make it so much easier to get the help I need for other parts of my life!

I just wanted to send out these good vibes because I miss the forum quite a bit. Since becoming horseless I've been here less and less because I've been less and less able to stand to think too much about horsey things, TBH. It's all too depressing for me when such a huge part of who I am is missing, it's difficult to think about it too deeply.
Even though I've never been a big part of the forum I still feel very close to the community here and have spent so many hours here that I consider it a part of my life. I don't know when I will be lucky enough for the next horse to gallop into my life, and as much as I hate to say so, it very well could be years before I can afford that. I likely won't be around much until then, so I just wanted to thank you all for such a pleasant experience here and send my best wishes to everyone on the Forum during this holiday season.

Happy Trails,

Honeysuga 12-13-2010 07:23 AM

Great post Rocky! Being horseless does get easier, I can tell you first hand. The forum is now my place to stay connected to things I love and care about. Hope you can find a way to do that too. For me horses are a part of me, not just a hobby so even with not having a physical horse of my own, I still want to be involved with the community itself, what better place than HF with all of our amazing members and their constant chit chat, stories, advice, and photos(YAY!)

rocky pony 12-13-2010 03:42 PM

Thank you Honeysuga =)
Hopefully I can get over my jealousy enough for that to happen for me, far I've been trying to stick around but just felt so jealous of everybody and started to just become extremely upset over all of that being missing in my life, I'm hoping it's just a phase in this horselessness and I can get past it. Even more so, I just hope there's a way I can get back working with horses sooner than I expect, so it won't even be a problem!

Speed Racer 12-13-2010 03:47 PM

Rocky, you may be horseless at the moment, but you're still a horse person.

It's an obsession and way of life, not a hobby. Even if I somehow lost all 3 of mine at one fell swoop, I'd still come here. There's nothing more comforting than the company of people who understand you.

rocky pony 12-13-2010 03:53 PM

Thank you Speed Racer, and you're right, I agree completely. It's been a huge struggle for me, and I don't even know what I'm doing anymore, lol...
I've come to realize that I'm an entirely different person when I have horses and when I don't. And I'd much rather be who I am with horses...responsible, organized, productive, ...sane :wink:
But I am always a horse person, and that will never change.

Honeysuga 12-13-2010 04:07 PM

The jealousy and watnot is a phase, I went through it too, it will pass. When you are passionate about something you feel strong emotions toward both positive and negative, just try not to be consumed by the negative and thin positive and it gets better.

rocky pony 12-13-2010 04:46 PM

Thanks so much Honeysuga :-)
People here always make me feel so much less like I'm completely insane :lol:

VelvetsAB 12-13-2010 08:44 PM

Rocky...I do not even own a horse, yet I still frequent the forum because it gives me advice for the future. Yes, I do currently take riding lessons, but only twice a month.

Even if you cant afford a horse, you can still afford to be part of a horse community. Volunteer at a local theraputic riding center. They are almost ALWAYS looking for more volunteers. What about finding a barn that needs help with beginner lessons? You can sometimes trade work for lessons for yourself.

There are always options in the horse world!

rocky pony 12-13-2010 09:36 PM

Only problem is that I live in the middle of horse nowhere =(
Most of the horse community here is very self-sufficient and I've yet to find any opportunities anywhere to volunteer for anything horse-related within a reasonable doable distance from me...I had an opportunity recently to possibly work with a horse that belongs to a friend of mine, but it's looking more and more like that won't be happening, so I truly am stuck...
I still have an in at my barn if anything were to come up, but that was the first thing to come up for me in the 4 years I've boarded there, so I'm not really counting on that happening. It's really frustrating!

MacabreMikolaj 12-13-2010 10:16 PM

I've been using forums for over ten years now. I've been on just about every major well known horse forum, a few of the lesser known ones and even had one myself for a couple years. Aside from another very small family type forum I've been a member of for over 4 years, this is the longest I've ever stayed with a forum. Absolutely no other forum compares to this one, with it's massive diversity and interesting topics. It's big enough to always be busy, and small and cozy enough that you can get to feeling REALLY cozy with certain members or a group of members. I find it educational and helpful, and the moderating time is beyond comparison. They manage to keep a completely balanced outlook, participating in the activities and yet being able to moderate responsibly which is SUPER rare.

A massive enormous HUGE thumbs up and thank you to the entire Horse Forum team for doing such an awesome job, and all the wicked members for creating such a fantastic atmosphere!

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