Our Ethos, Vision, Etiquette and Boundaries for Members

Rules to Membership of The Non Ridden Equine Association UK and our Affiliated Facebook Groups. 

Here are the rules we apply to our Facebook groups. It is our vision, ethos, etiquette and provides boundaries.

Rules to membership of the Non Ridden Equine Group. This group is the original non ridden group. It has gone international in its membership. It is the inspiration behind setting up the not for profit the Non Ridden Equine Association UK as way more than clicking like amongst like minded people must be done for non ridden equines and people who choose not to ride. The association has a website that provides members with free to access non ridden resources in a library from many different practitioners and links to experts and more.

All are welcome to join for free. This non ridden equine group has led to some local non ridden Facebook groups to be launched. Click here for more information. These groups are affiliated to this original group and have the same ethos. They enable people who want to connect on a local level. Having more local groups does not diminish this group. Many candles can be lit from one candle it doesn't fade the original candles light or brilliance. It brings more light into the dark. We cannot create or admin a local group for every region or country, however we are delighted to support people who wish to set one up for their area using our ethos. It would be wonderful to see a worldwide network of non ridden groups and associations. Only affiliated non ridden Facebook groups can be promoted on the association website and on our Facebook groups. 

This group has been set up for the non-ridden horse, pony, mule, donkey and people who choose not to ride. There are a lot of pressures that face the non-ridden equine. The non-ridden horse is often over looked and under-valued and treated in some cases as a second class citizen. Equines that cannot be ridden are often physically and or emotionally damaged. Many have suffered at the hand of man. The horse world can be a cruel place. There is also a lot of social pressure folk face who own non-ridden equines or choose not to ride. 

This group has been set up to celebrate the many joys non-ridden equines can bring to us. It is a place people can exchange ideas and experiences of enjoyment of the non-ridden equine. Plus show off their beautiful equines. People who love horses and do not own one and riders are also welcome. As non ridden activities are wonderful for all equines. This group is not anti riding. However we are here to promote non ridden. With this in mind, members of this group must be supportive and be mindful. 

Facebook and the internet is not always the most comfortable place to be different and to feel comfortable with sharing. This is why we are a closed group. This group is set up for members who are supportive to each other. Therefore this group needs to observe some rules.

We all have horses in our lives for very different and personal reasons. It doesn’t make one reason or approach to engaging with equines right and another wrong. 

Yes you will see things posted in this group that you don’t agree with or dislike and it maybe not how you would do things. It is fine to agree to disagree. Be civil, be kind, and you are more likely to engage in a productive conversation. No getting into an argument. No being unpleasant, name calling or swearing. 

Please remember we are all on a very personal journey of discovery and enlightenment. 

Don’t like a post or a comment? Two legs or four, negative reinforcement is not the way forward. If you don’t like a post, and haven’t got anything nice or positive to say don’t comment, don't moan and complain or aggressively judge. Instead start a new post promoting what you love. Do something life enhancing for us. Share positive stories, useful information, resources and things that inspire you. We are all here to learn so be proactive by starting a new post to help us all learn rather than high-jacking another person’s post. You will then be providing people with opportunities to learn and develop. Positive is what this group is about. 

Re-homing. Equines ideally would have a home for life, be loved, cherished and well cared for. However we do not live in an ideal world. Many equines have no loving caring responsible guardian. We have a terrible over breeding crisis, with many low value non ridden equines abused, neglected, abandoned or dumped near death or dead. Do not join this group to try to offload an equine that is no longer of use to you, as your post will not be approved. If you check the news feed to the group you will see very few re-homing posts as re-homing is not what this group is about. However personal circumstances can lead to heartbreaking decisions to re-home. Adverts by individuals and welfare groups are allowed but please note we all have horses for personal reasons and the bottom line is do we love the horse more than what it can do for us. Adverts that are looking to re-home because the owner wants to replace the equine for another to ride, or to re-home because the horse can no longer be ridden are not allowed. This group is not a dumping ground for people who want to re-home equines that are no longer of use to them. All re-homing posts are screened and very few get approved. There are lots of platforms that individuals can advertise their equines, for example Horses 4 Homes and Rehome My Horse are just two. 

No bashing what you don’t like. This includes: No posting of dreadful practices. There are plenty of groups who share the horrors, not here. This rule is because many of our non-ridden equines are the end result of these dreadful practices. No ranting. 

No putting people or horses down. When posting a comment to a post stop and think. Only post positive and constructive feedback in the comments. This includes be mindful not only what you say but how you say it. No grammatical shouting at folk: for example exclamation marks! and text in CAPITAL LETTERS are a couple of forms of shouting. IT'S LIKE BEING SHOUTED AT!!!! Use your words wisely. Find solutions with kindness and love for your fellow man. 

Absolutely no arguments will be tolerated in any shape or form. 

If you feel you are being treated badly by a fellow member please report to admin the post in question. We will take action. We have a zero policy to this behaviour and will remove trouble makers for the benefit of the group. 

Negativity is not what this group is about. Be kind, empathetic and supportive, everyone is fighting some battle you know nothing about. 

Everyone is trying their best and to better their best. And some people are facing truly heartbreaking decisions in regard to their equines. If you feel the need to bash a fellow member I politely ask you to leave. No personal messaging members to sell products or services. 

If you wish to promote products or services suitable for non ridden equines this must only be done via a group post which will be assessed before approved to the group. 

Admin work hard for the non ridden agenda with plenty of work going on behind the scenes. We also strive to keep this group a happy harmonious group, however please note none of us admin will act as a playground referee to squabbling and pettiness. Therefore the admin team reserve the right to remove anyone who is not in spirit of this group. 

Please limit posts to 2 or 3 a day. 

Most of all this group has been set up to enjoy being with like minded folk. So be nice, be supportive and encouraging. This group is about kindness and friendship. Collectively we can change our lives and the lives of equines if we place being kind to each other over being right. By standing together there is enormous scope for us to influence change.

All the above content including the name The Non Ridden Equine Association UK, and the names of our Facebook groups: The Non Ridden Equine, The Non Ridden Equine UK, The Non Ridden Equine Midlands UK are the intellectual property of the founder and creator Vicki Jayne Yates. It is not permitted to use of any or part of my intellectual property in any format, written, on-line, printed or photographic. I will protect my rights in regard to violation, misappropriation or infringement of my intellectual property. Anyone using part or all of our text to set up a group or association that is not affiliated cannot use our vision, ethos, rules or boundaries without formal written signed consent on headed paper as it is in infringement of copyright laws. I created this as our vision, mission, ethos and it is the backbone to our non ridden agenda. Now as a collective we are working hard to make changes to the Non Ridden Equine agenda. It is my intellectual property and I hold the copyright.