What is Blab?
Model Horse Blab was started in September of 2003, and today has several hundred active members. Blab is run on the principle of the honest expression of opinions, while respecting others, and with the least possible moderator intervention. And to have fun talking about our mutual obsession! See below to learn more about the benefits of joining Blab.
Guest Participants
Guests have very limited privileges on Blab. For example, they cannot:
  • Post new threads
  • Reply to other peoples' threads
  • Edit your posts
  • Receive email notification of replies to posts and threads you specify
  • Send private messages to other members
  • Enter events in the forum calendar
  • Set up a 'buddy-list' to quickly see which of your friends are currently online

To register, you will need to specify a username and password, and a valid email address. Entering your email address will not subject you to 'spam', as you can choose to hide your address, and messages sent to you do not reveal your address in any case. A valid email address is necessary to enable final approval of your membership.

Initial Membership Registration
Go to the Registration initialization page and follow the directions from there. After completing the registration information prompts, you will receive an email from Blab verifying your email address. Follow the instructions in that email, and the next step can begin. Within a few hours after you have completed the instruction in the initial email, you will receive another email asking a question. Please reply to that email with the answer. Within 24 hours of your reply, your membership will be approved. After your membership is approved, you can view and post in all forums accessible to free members. If you haven't received contact from us, be sure and check your spam folder. Alternatively once you've replied to the initial email, send an email to to expedite membership approval.
When you first begin, be sure to introduce yourself in the Introductions forum.
There are two levels of membership to Blab: Free (Registered User) and Paid (Paid Participant.) Details are below.
Registered (Free) Memberships
The terms of a free registration are:
  • Forum Access: Arena, Artists Announcements, Show Announcements, Off Topic, Yo!, Board Of Inquiry, Original Finish, Beginner’s Corner, Games & Silliness, Suggestions.
  • Photo Gallery: You can view, but not upload pictures
  • PM (Private Message) Storage: 15 messages
  • Avatar: Not hosted on Blab space (you can remotely link avatars)
  • User title: Not customizable (it will say "Registered User")
  • User Profile Pictures: Not available
  • Attachments: Cannot upload attachments
  • Post per Page View:View 5 posts per page
  • Agreement to all the terms and conditions contained in the FAQs and Rules.
Paid Participant Memberships
The terms of a Paid Participant Membership are:
  • $18 per year (starting from payment date)
  • Forum Access and Other Services: All forums available, subject to qualification for special forums such as WOYM or Mom’s.
  • Chat: Have full access/use. You can chat in real-time with other members of the Board.
  • Gallery: Have full access/use. In this portion of the forum, members can display images of their horses, or other appropriate photos.
  • Note that the “Chat” and “Gallery” access may be limited due to technical issues, including your own computer’s compatibility.
  • PM Storage: 200 messages
  • Avatar: 200 x 200 pixels, hosted by Blab
  • User title: Customizable
  • User Profile Pictures: Hosted by Blab
  • Attachments: Can upload attachments on Blab bandwidth
  • Post per Page View: View 20 posts per page
  • Special Run Horses: Ability to purchase all SRs as they are available (some SRs may be available to non-paid members as well).
  • Agreement to all the terms and conditions contained in the FAQs and Rules.

  • See "Making Payments for Memberships" below.
Paid Participant Students 18 & Under
The terms of a Paid Participant Student 18 & Under Membership are:
  • You must be 18 or younger to obtain this type of membership.
  • All permissions and access as the same as Paid Participants, above.
  • The cost is $10 per year, with the year commencing from your payment date.
  • Agreement to all the terms and conditions contained in the FAQs and Rules.

  • See "Making Payments for Memberships" below.
Special Note for Parents of Minor Children
  • Parents or guardians are encouraged to browse Blab forums and decide with their children where their participation is appropriate.
  • We can even customize permissions if a parent only wants their child to have access to certain forums. Just contact Mary.
  • Parents and younger participants should know that the majority of Blab members are adults.
  • Some off-topic forums do occasionally attract discussions that are adult and personal in nature.
  • Blab moderates more egregious language outside of one restricted forum, but lighter expressions of language are not edited.
  • Blab has a Youth Forum where expectations are more relaxed. The principal moderators are youth.
  • Adult Blabbers do not have access to the Youth forum, except for a few adult moderators and mentors.
  • In all forums accessible to youth, all members, including youth, are expected to show grace and maturity in adult conversations.
Renewing Expiring Memberships
For Registered (Free) Members, the basic membership never expires. Paid Participants owe $18 per year from the last payment date. Paid Participants with Student 18 & Under Memberships owe $10 per year from the last payment date.

Most members can check their subscription expiration in their My Panel. Select “User CP” from the menu bar across the top of the forums. See the left side selections and scroll down to Paid Subscriptions. Most members will see their sub end date, and have the option to step through the renewal process if they want to renew through Paypal. Some members will receive an email (check your spam folder!) with their sub end date and an explanation of how to renew.

If your payment is not received by the due date and time, your membership automatically becomes a "Regular (Free) Membership." If you decide to pay later, it may be a few hours after before your paid membership is back to "normal," but it will return. After you’ve paid, your renewal date may not reset until overnight. If it has not updated within 24 hrs, email Mary.

If you choose to renew early, your next due date will be one year from the current expiration date (not the early payment date.) For example, if your expiration is June 1, and you pay for your renewal on May 15, your next expiration date will be June 1 next year.

See "Making Payments for Memberships" below.
Making Payments for Memberships
Online Payments for New Paid Participants: Payment is accepted via multiple formats. PayPal users can pay via their My Panel, in the left column menu down the left hand side. Near the bottom of that menu, under "Miscellaneous," there is a link that says "Paid Participant." Click on that, and select the Regular or Student rate (only high school students and younger for the student rate).

Online Renewals of Paid Memberships: From the selections above, find the "Miscellaneous" box and click on "Paid Subscription." If you want to pay through Paypal the selections will walk you through the process.

Snail Mail Payments: If you are snail-mailing payment, PLEASE be sure to include your username on all payment/correspondence. And, PM Mary and let her know your payment is in the mail. You’ll get access right away, and will keep it as long as payment is received within 7 days of your notice. Snail-mail payments can be made at:
P.O. Box 1002
Franktown, CO 80116 USA

Cancellation of Memberships Generally
Blab doesn't 'cancel' or 'delete' an account in a way that will remove posts or threads. Members have the option to cancel access to their account so that it can't be used. But their posting history will not be deleted to preserve continuity in threads. If a member wishes to have her access to Blab blocked, this can be done on request. The account won't be deleted; it just won't be accessible through user login. Access can be restored on request. Email Mary.
Cancelling a Free, Unpaid Membership
The first option is for a member to simply choose not to visit Blab. The member retains all their access rights if they ever decide to return. If for any reason a member would like to have their access rights removed, so they do not have the option to log in to Blab, please contact a moderator. This is simply a matter of resetting the password to something the member doesn't know. If a member later wishes to re-activate their account they can PM or email again, and Mary can reset the password and share it with the member.
Cancelling a Paid Membership
A paid membership may be cancelled for a 100% refund for 3 months after the starting or renewal date. A paid membership may be cancelled for a refund of the pro-rated amount between 3 and 9 months after the starting or renewal date (or an amount close to the pro-rated amount to be determined by Blab management.) Ater 9 months from the starting or renewal date, refunds will not be given. A member who cancels a paid membership may reinstate their paid status at any time by paying for a full year's membership in the normal way. A new one-year membership will start from the payment date. A member may not cancel a paid membership a second time for 18 months from the first cancellation. For example: A member renews on Feb. 1, then asks for a refund on April 1, then pays for a new membership on July 1. Blab will not honor a second request for a refund until 18 months after the original cancellation request on April 1. Cancellation requests may be emailed to