Props to karenm1972 and StreetMutt for getting this ball rolling. This is the new and improved thread, cleaned up for ease of use. The original can be found here: The FiSHstix thread for c***s required reading for newbies!
Bear in mind: this isn’t MY
list…it’s YOUR list. It’s the story of a crazy little place we call FiSH.
For those wondering, FiSH = Free (i) Speech Horse (forum)
This thread is a work-in-progress, and it always will be. Feel free to reply with other threads you feel belong here, preferably with a one-line description/summary of that thread (see below for examples). I may not have time to read every thread, and many have occurred before my time, so I value the input of members who were intimately involved in them, and defer to your summaries in lieu of my own.
I’m splitting these into categories. They might cross-reference, but I’ve done my best to place each thread in the most appropriate split (e.g. PDJ’s gelding thread could count under “informative”, but it’s kind of a drama-fest, so I feel it fits under “Infamous”). Suggestions, again, are welcome. These are not in any particular order, chronological or otherwise. If you think that a thread belongs in a different section, let me know, and I’ll take it under consideration
Each category will be spoilered so that you don’t have to scroll through the whole list to find what you want. Simply click the [+] symbol to expand the category and view the list. Click [-] to collapse it again.
So, without further ado, here we go. Recommended reading for all FiSHies, new and old!
Learn about a horse-related topic or learn about FiSH.
of FiSH etiquette (if such a thing exists):
The FiSH Commandments
Not wanting to be a punctuation Nazi but....
The Unwritten Rules of FiSH - guidelines for new members on how to avoid getting bashed?
Queues - Cues - Some helpful hints on how to correctly spell horse-related terms (and snark toward those who don't).
A little history lesson about FiSH. These will explain a lot of the old rivalries, but there is good information/debate among the drama:
The Integrity of the Breed, Part I
The Integrity of the Breed, Part II
The Integrity of the Breed, Part III
The Integrity of the Breed, Part IV
The Integrity of the Breed, Part V
The Integrity of the Breed, Part VI
The seriously stupid question thread – Silly questions that we might’ve been afraid to ask – asked and answered!
Things that are a RED flag for you in a sales ad? "Endurance prospect" means run faaaar away...
Beginning Photography...I Know NOTHING and am learning. Be Gentle...LOL - Includes some great tips on photographing horses
What should one do if a bear crosses your path while trail riding? Good info, plus some funny responses, as well
Surviving With Horses in an Emergency - Fodder for crazy doomsday preppers, but something to consider nonetheless
Get your free pre-purchase assessment here: Beauisabella gives some informative confo critiques
Are you a BO? Some sound advice for anyone considering starting up a horse-boarding business.
Tips for (and stories
about) Traveling with Equines:
Trailering long distance
Have you ever used these trailering companies and keeping horses safe over long distance trips?
Belize or Bust with Two Mares.
A very LONG road trip with horses
Suggestions for Traveling xcountry with horses
Moving from Cali to Texas! Traveling tips?
More Asshattery... HERDA A somewhat drama-laden thread about HERDA, but informative nonetheless.
Unusual and disturbing question – How to humanely euth your horse in an emergency. Hint: do not follow HorseHawk’s suggestion.
Botulism horse - Sad but informative thread about some horses' struggle with botulism.
To Breed or Not to Breed: Cryptorchid Stallions - Explanation of the defect and some debate about breeding to some very well-known studs who happen to be crypts.
Dentistry by ponypimpmomma
Bye bye Carmelle - Lsrd1's mare is a terror on the trailer, and FiSHies chime in with similar experiences in mares with ovarian cysts.
Hoof abscess info pls
Trimming for Laminitis and Founder
Poisonous Plants for Horses (nice website)
Most cost effective way to put on weight?
Headshaking Syndrome by gottscha
Jippo found a snake NatrlHorse's gelding gets bitten in the face by a venomous snake. Includes treatment description + photos.
Rachel Alexandra at Rood & Riddle Includes some good discussion re: breeding soundness in TBs
First aid-- what can't you live without?
The Hock Thread (pic heavy) xxthephoenix89xx details her experience with lameness in her horse, Niko
Feet gurus - I need your thoughts again A string of bad farriers results in some bad feet.
What I Didn't Know About Some Medications... TL;DR - don't administer banamine intramuscular
UnRuli I have a question... - UnRuli teaches how to properly wrap a tail to promote length and thickness.
The Tail - Another great tail thread!
Show us your clip jobs! - Reply #68 is a great how-to from Athena regarding post-clip hot oil treatments. Cute poneh pictures throughout rest of thread
Detangler/WD-40 debate: In topic "How much would you pay for this horse?" and WD-40 on horses
What's the best way to get a pulled mane?
Spooksandbolts has a "super-secret" and effective fly repellant formula, and he'll give you the recipe for a donation to benefit leukemia research.
Breed and Genetics-Related
Guess That Breed! Amandaandtuff's thread. Lots of photos and a fun game
"Types" of Appaloosas. Lots of discussion and the endless debate about foundation vs. modern appies.
Friesian question Discussion about color in Friesians. Lots of good info here (and a bit of krazy kolor).
Blue Eyes - can Sabino cause it? Tons of helpful genetics information re: pinto patterns. newmare rocks.
What to do with an OTTB
Discipline and Tack-Related
Dressage in all flavours! – JohnnyToaster’s all-breed dressage extravaganza.
Okay Let's Talk About Cross Country Eventing... – Some drama, but also lots of great info.
Hunters Explained! Questions Welcome by Hunter Princess
The Importance of Appearence in Hunters by Hunter Princess
Please educate me about Hunters! by htobago, with commentary by HP, Foxhunter, stinkpot, etc.
Showmanship: What do I need to know for my first show?
Pain, chains and action devices by quincy99
*NOSEBANDS* by Numnah
Your complete guide to snaffles by Numnah
All About Polo by RaggaPolo
Teach me about western saddle pads by Zhuria
SPINOFF: Best Mover? Examples of ideal movers in multiple disciplines, as chosen by FiSHies
Hackamores Informative discussion re: the use of hackamores and bosals
Critique a couple rounds? [resurrected, new vids] – Another dramatic one that’s full of great info
Do you have a horse that's hard to catch? – Learn here how NOT to do it.
Half Pass question by GamblersChance
How to ignore offensive users, embed videos, post photos, etc.
How To...(Tutorials on Board Features)
If a poster has an animated avatar or signature image that annoys you:
If you hit the escape key, animations on the screen freeze.
Ignoring/Un-Ignoring Specific Users
I'm going to use Athena as my guinea pig for this because she has a pretty avatar
To ignore a user, start by finding one of his/her posts. Look for the "More" link that appears under the avatar and click it. A dropdown box will apear and you will select "Ignore User's Posts".
Select that and you will be taken
to the following screen
The answer will obviously be yes,
(since that's why you're reading these instructions), and you will be returned
to the post you last viewed, showing the ignored user's posts collapsed.
You can easily expand all ignored users' posts by clicking the [+] at the top right of each posts (but why would you want to do that? )
Now, if you've decided that one of your ignored users has become tolerable, you can un-ignore their posts following a similar method.
First expand one of the user's collapsed
Then, follow the prompts...
Now play nicely
To post a video from YouTube: Simply click "Share" under the video on YouTube, copy the "http://youtu.be/...." link that appears and paste it into your post. It will automatically embed.
<span> <span id="temp-1"><span> <embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/(insert video ID here - it's the letter/number combo @ end of video hyperlink)?version=3&f=videos&app=youtube_gdata" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" allowscriptaccess="never" height="355" width="425"> </span> </span>
***If your video link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T79sGu_Ir7o, the bolded part is what you'd insert in place of the bolded text above.
There are two options for actually embedding:
-At the bottom of a thread page is the "quick reply" box. Paste it directly in there and click the "Quick Reply" button BELOW the text box (not "Add Reply" which is above it, because that'll take you to the normal reply page and erase what you entered)
-Click "Add Reply" at the top or bottom of a thread page. Once in the regular reply mode, there is a formatting toolbar above the reply text box. Click the "HTML" icon to the left of "Spellcheck". Once activated, it turns yellow, and you can then paste the embed code there. If you want to add comments or preview before posting, click the HTML icon again and it will show the video embedded within your post. Click "Preview" then "Post", or simply just "Post" and voila!
How to remove ads
How to quote multiple posts within the same new post
This works best using a tabbed browser, but you can use the "Open in New Window" option, as well, if your browser doesn't allow tabs.
I'm sure there are other ways to do this, but this is how I like to go about things.
As I'm reading through a thread, I'll come across posts I want to respond to. Rather than responding to one post at a time, I "save" them for later.
When I see a post I want to respond to, I right click the "Quote" link under the poster's avatar and then select "Open in New Tab." I continue reading the thread, repeating with new tabs with each subsequent post I'd like to reference. My browser ends up looking like this at the top:
I then click "Add Reply" when I am done reading the thread. At this point, I go to each tab and under quote in that tab, I'll type my response to that specific quote only. I complete that process for each tab, editing each quote to remove text/images that I don't want to show in my eventual response.
I then copy the quote+response from the first tab and then return to the original tab (where my fresh clean "Add Reply" screen is open) and copy it there. I press enter a few times and then go to the second quote+response-containing tab, repeating this process until all the other quote+responses have been copied and pasted into the "Add Reply" box.
Then I simply close all the tabs except my original "Add Reply" (because I won't need them any longer) and then hit "Post".
Funny stuff, wonderful rescues, etc.
QFT -- What does it mean to you? What's with all the "Tacos"? Find out here.
Erm... – Satirical photoshop pictures of horses. This is a must-read classic.
Bury Old-the sire of my new horse! – BigDreams has a new horse, and he comes from noble stock. (aka satire of the endless Berry Cool debate). Some material has been removed, but still worth the read.
guess whos ol 9 fingers now? – In which PDJ loses a thumb while roping and regales us with the tale.
Does this make me a prostitute? – Megsabelle offers her sheath-cleaning (ahem) services.
Help! Dog erection question! – Erika has a problem, and she’s “keeping it lubed.”
The Cricket Revolution - Satiric chatter about the ailing cricket industry from the perspective of buyers and breeders.
Dear Kitty (or Kitties), - 4Horses and Holding has a request for her cat(s), and galen98 channels them and responds.
Thought it was time to share.... Scamming the Scammer – JustDressageIt gives a Nigerian scammer a taste of his own medicine.
Reading Thread – KG uses her mad skills to tell you about your horse. She
is scarily accurate.
Steak and it wasn't meant to be. – karenm1972 originally called this “Steak and BJs”. The thread title doesn’t say so, but this ended up with a very good ending (her name is Zoe)
Major Gold - oops! forgot to change the title, just pics – Artemis’s journey to rescuing a racing TB she met and just could not get out of her mind.
The FiSH Flat Stanley! – The Flat Stallyun travels the world via FiSH members
Poor Staving Pony - Atlanta, GA (He and a mare - RESCUED) – Wonderful rescue story
The story of Bruce and Imelda:
pony + mule foal rescue, starring karenm1972 and UnRuli:
(need the original thread)
CL pony and mony new pics and vid 6/9!
Pony and Mony leave today!!!
Pony and Mony are HOME! (photos from drop-off/pick-up)
Bruce & Imelda.......VIDEOS!!!!
Erika rescues Lou, the Canadian
(need the original thread)
He's Here! Meet Big Lou - Lot 'O Pics! (Pics now included)
A month of Lou! (advanced apologies to Dialup peeps)
The CopperPony rescues Buzz, a
FiSH craigslist find:
Poor fella :[
Amazing horse transformations (single post update)
Selected threads from the many amazing rescues by Jessimyre and Second Chance Horse Rescue Inc. (reverse chronological order):
Ridiculously excited about a rescue of ours... had to share! *WARNING graphic injury pics!* (Caramia)
SC's latest rescue - warning, sad pics (Trojan)
We just rescued a Seattle Slew grandson! (Spirit)
New rescue, starved eventer
It should never end like this...
Biggest rescue ever
Our latest rescue; Hope.
Tarquin, new rescue picked up today
Luck o' the irish with this poor horse *Warning gory pics* (Lucky)
The Cyrus Thread FiSH finds a particularly sad craigslist ad and tdadams rescues him
Picture-of-the-day-thread! Post your favorite photos. One per day, please.
Someone PLEASE buy him Zukharla's friend stumbles upon an ad for a neglected pony. Elfinbien and her hubby bring him home and make him a part of their family.
I found a beagle...FHotD Rescue Operation underway!!!
nola, TrickRoperDeluxe and WiltedRose help a beagle in need
You want drama? We got drama! But…many of these could easily fall into the “informative” section, so read up and be enlightened.
It is strongly recommended that you do NOT post to these threads and bump them to the top. Please just read, enjoy, and be glad/sad that you missed out.
Results of the Queening! Pictures are here! PDJ hate my hat.. I dont Care! – In which PDJ hates on Selah’s hat. Pics are no longer working, but the thread is still worth a read.
Guess what we are doing – In which PDJ calls people pansies for gelding using an anesthetic
The Cat Disaster – NagTamer lets her dog kill cats (which are breeding out of control), because that’s how nature works, donchaknow.
Can Someone Please Tell Me When Dale Chavez Became Unpopular??? – Dena stole some saddles. Or did she?
me your stallions! – This topic is just bound to be controversial.
Vid[e]o Blog My Trailering Delimma - Ended In A Freak Accident, or as izziesmum aptly translates, "MY HORSE HAD A COMPLETELY FORESEEABLE ACCIDENT BECAUSE I AM AN IDIOT"
The one and only buckinbo:
RE: FHOTD Buckinbo
The bad little hobbit. What to do? – Buckinbo’s horse won’t stop laying down – PDJ suggests she waterboard it. 3…2…1…shitshow!
Buckinbo's at it again
where does she learn this shit??
Ok so ive figured out a solution to this problem
The Buckinbo Saga Revisited...Perhaps Sanely This Time???
Buckinbo's (beginning) testimonials
Casa de los charros emergency?
In An Attempt To Save Property And Horses
Check out the halter (CL find)
The Relentless Bashing of FTFOTB's Stallion (was Berry Cool Video) – I think this one explains itself.
Looking for a horse that people told me was dead, turns out they sold him and – SideSaddle’s ridiculous tale of a Lazarus horse – plus a bonus argument about a certain poop-stained ribbon.
WHO IS NOTASSHAT? – In which we attempt to figure out the identity of an infamous alter.
Is this abusive? – Large discussion/argument regarding Big Lick TWH. Warning: this is a matter of National Security.
Riding in side reins? – In short: don’t do it. xPonies learns the hard way. (or is it the easy way?)
Goodbye . – xPonies bids us farewell……..but not really.
New photos of Bell – Rescuing: UR DOING IT RONG.
who is the craziest forum member? – Self-explanatory, though the results may not be accurate today.
Holy hysterical MB soap opera gossip! – In which we learn about Cathy/FHOTD’s escapades with a married man.
War of the Daisies – Note to newbies: do not ask for free artwork.
So What stlye Do you come from ? – Mustangmo rides “old style Native American”
Getting a horse to collect – “try going bit-less and bare back” says Mustangmo
.... – Jess2308 defends her questionable breeding prospect + tying by the bit.
Gone. – (I will need help describing this one.)
Linda Parelli Video -- One of those "WTF" moments. *eyetwitch* - In which Linda whacks a horse in the face with a heavy lead-snap, in a big training FAIL. Come here to watch 4H&H and others stand up for that horse.
The Elements Arabians saga:
Elements April going NOW
OMG Elements Now
-In which we discuss/argue how to properly attend to a foaling; how EA does it so, so wrong; and how pedfjords managed to get FiSH mentioned on a Denver local newscas
Thou Shalt Not Wear Hunter Green:
Daisy's first show... with pics, of course! Attack of the green saddle pad
English jacket, how to price? Attack of the green hunt coat
I'm gonna effing pass out - horsefix makes a few shocking discoveries about her barn, including a FHOTD-featured trainer and a BO with an interesting side-business.
What's your horsey neurosis? Initially, a discussion about things that drive us batty in the horse world. It devolves around post #171.
The filly I ordered arrived!!! The Beeze introduces her new baby, then there's a debate re: OLWS, then..."holy crap, did BrushFireFarms seriously put a photo on her website with a dead horse in the background?!" Yes...yes, she did.
occasionally bolts, will continue training and so will our daughter. -
Green + Green = Black and Blue. As a "bonus", bnb/cdlc weighs in...
Sparrow's first time being backed - Camryn again, this time putting her 9yo daughter on her unbroke 2yo
Euthanize or not? A poll asking whether StreetMutt should euth her horse. Stay classy, SFTS.
Necrophilia Why, yes, WhoKilledBambi DOES try to make an argument for necrophiliacs. Thus starts a truly ludicrous/hilarious "debate".
Remember the Shocwave 2 y/o I got? *now with video* Cali posts her SS Arabian prospect, debate ensues
Silly rules... or what this board now promotes Oldie/goodie, but recent find.
And that segues nicely into...Things FiSH as a group traditionally believes in
Fish Saved a horse KG sold a horse. Buyer then sent him to auction, where KB got him. Natrlhorse coordinates his rescue. It then leads to the below thread...
Grit Clinic Cancelled at KG's house due to family emergency ~ re-routed to another place KG planned a clinic with DDR to work with Grit and host FiSHie spectators. KG had to cancel the clinic. weather stepped up to help, then DDR didn't take Grit. Instant drama.
Braiding help by kreichen, in which she asks for advice regarding her draft-cross' mane, but really just wants to keep it as-is. Several posts deleted in a huff. Good advice here, too, for those who actually DO want some.
Scary sad stuff!!! Cali and Zukharla have a misunderstanding. As Monoveros6 astutely points out, "This thread is the abridged version of FiSH."
Bullying on FiSH If you ever feel bullied on FiSH, "Artichoke" is the safe word.
Show me your foals born this year! spanishhorses shares that her mare was bred without her consent
Read how Skookums starved horses here, Please bump away because starving horses is wrong Title is self-explanatory (ESPECIALLY the last part)
Moral Question NG has an epic FAIL while attempting to post under a throwaway username
Colt born Easter Sunday--Everyone says he's a keeper but I dont do Arabs... :-/ - FiSH’s introduction to buckinbo
Mangalargra Marchador--Anyone see any faults? - Another buckinbo classic
pretty color, dumb horse – See above.
My boy- - Mustangmo’s reading comprehension fail
There'd be less Fugly fodder if only ... – Pros and cons (according to cretin) of the European inspection process.
Delete – kierababy16 learns that Spotted Saddlebred + Quarter Horse is not a good cross.
8 year old paint mare new question on pg 3 – Another kierababy16 trainwreck.
2 y/o Mustang/Dutch Warmblood – Trixina’s response makes me lol – “Hi. This is an unusual cross.”
For safe keeping
Threads that don't really fit in the above categories, but are worth saving.
Now. I do have some specific requests.
I would like for the “Informative”
section to be just bursting. Right now it looks sad next to the “Infamous”
If anyone remembers especially good threads, please list them and I’ll add them to the list. I’m talking standout threads regarding topics such as HYPP, HERDA, color genetics, wound care, fencing, nutrition, saddle-fitting, western pleasure, halter, etc. wanted!
You'll notice in the section including rescues that I am looking for a couple - I am not sure who the OPs were for Erika and karen/UnRuli's rescues. I imagine they were just like many other threads posted from CL, so it's hard to narrow them down without the posters' input.