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 Posted: Sat Apr 14th, 2007 08:40 am
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Dear People -- Just a very brief note before I am due to go off to the airport....there are a number of interesting threads up, and I do intend to make replies -- but this will now have to wait until I have Internet access. The flight will first take me to New Zealand, where we have a month of great events....this year's theme is "orthopedics for horse owners and hoof care professionals", and I've been working on getting both paper handouts and images together for a whole month. We also have one NZ horsemanship, and I have a whole new package for that this time, too, with different activities and more emphasis on the rider's body as well as function and movement in the horse.

After April 30th, I'll be in Australia -- we have two major anatomy classes, both in Canungra near Brisbane; two horsemanship events, one in Canberra and the other in Adelaide, and both to include at least some one-on-one sessions both in and outside of the round pen. I'll be doing the orthopedics mini-course in both of these cities as well.

Meanwhile, on the home front....our webmaster Jeff and I have been in contact with the "WowBB" people who created the software that is now powering our Forum. We like this package very much, but there is just ONE difficulty....many of our best people have had difficulty registering to use the new Forum!

If you have had trouble, please scroll down to the thread I put in a week ago on "suggestions for those having trouble registering". If it still gives you the runaround even after that, PLEASE EMail us and let us know....your EMails will help us troubleshoot this so we can get totally past this difficulty. We certainly do want all of our "old regulars" as well as new, interested folks to be able to participate here!

I'll post another memo in this thread as the process of getting this bug out of the system goes forward.

Best wishes and happy riding to everybody -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Fri Apr 27th, 2007 01:26 am
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Dear People -- Well! I am pleased to report that I'm not having any login problems even though I am sitting at an Internet Cafe in Taupo, North Island, New Zealand. The blinkin' machine knows who I am! And so does the software! Far out!

Actually, I think this is due to the good efforts of our Webmaster Jeff, plus a nice fellow by name of Jim who works at WowBB. They have customer service! This is as outstanding a discovery as when, back in the 1960's, Wiley in B.C. discovered that "clams got legs"!

I can't make reply to anybody's queries at this time, however, unfortunately; I am only here for a few minutes. Internet access while I have been down here the past two weeks has been spotty. Hopefully, when I get over to Sydney in another few days I will be able to get into the Forum and do some substantial replies.

Some of you will also want to know how the trip has been going. We did a three day horsemanship ride at Isola Riding Centre nr. Waiuku, North Island -- I think everyone who attended had a very productive time. I can't praise these students enough, because by golly, they actually DO their homework. And of course, they're the ones who get the big reward, which comes as a result: their horses get happier, calmer, and capable of more and more athletic maneuvers. This year we had many of the people up to the point where they are ready to begin flying changes of lead. We played with shoulder-in, which is a necessity or prerequisite to many other things as well. We started haunches in/shoulder in on the circle, which is a blast once the rider gets the hang of it. We rode in a troop, and it was beautiful -- so rhythmic, so many horses happy to "come from the other side to help their riders out." This is the goal.

We are also doing "orthopedics" courses this year -- wee little two-day things, where I transmit the main concepts using Power Point and some constructed models, then we go out every day and go over some horses with a fine-toothed analytical comb. The people learn what to look for, how to make accurate assessments, details of the anatomy from the shoulder down to the inside of the hoof capsule. We've done three of these so far in New Zealand this year and will do a fourth this coming weekend. There are two on tap in Australia, plus our big anatomy class up near Brisbane -- so there's more fun and learning yet to come.

I want to thank all readers of the Forum as I always do, and encourage people to go ahead and post -- even though I might not be able to answer right away, I do always read what's up. All voices are welcome, all breeds, all kinds of questions. If we can't answer 'em, we'll find you somebody who can.

So carry on, and I hope everybody's also enjoying their January "Inner Horseman" -- and their rides and time with their horse.

Best wishes -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Mon Apr 30th, 2007 11:57 pm
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Hi Dr. Deb!

Any chance you'll be holding an "orthopedics" course in Queensland next time around?

Enjoy Down Under!

Manu

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 Posted: Wed May 2nd, 2007 09:47 am
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Dear Manu -- yes, people in NZ enjoyed the course and they, too, requested that we repeat it next year in cities that we didn't visit this year. My policy is to go where I am invited -- so, if you and your friends want to have the course, all you have to do is email office@equinestudies.org and we will try to see if we can get it scheduled. Believe it or not, the 2008 schedule is already being put together! Thanks for your interest -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Fri Jun 1st, 2007 08:04 pm
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Dear People -- I just thought it would be good to post this information -- it's something I send out to people who send our office an EMail that says something like, "I would like to buy an item from the Bookstore at your website, but I don't want to use PayPal. How can I send you a personal check?". I think it is a surprise to most people to find out that PayPal is MUCH more secure than personal checks -- read on:

For your information, here are reasons that credit card/Paypal transactions are safer than personal checks:

1. Data sent over the Internet is encrypted (scrambled) in such a manner that no person, computer, or group of computers working in unison can unscramble it except the intended recipient (that is, PayPal, which is a bank like any other bank, and subject to the same rules and standards that other banks have to adhere to).

2. When you go to PayPal's website, you will notice that the address line on your browser reads "https" instead of "http". The "s" means "secure site". At the top you will also notice a little icon showing a padlock in the locked position. These things too are guarantees that transactions made over the Internet with the padlocked site are encrypted, secure, and private.

3. By law, if there are false charges on your credit card (because someone has stolen your card or stolen the data from your card), all you have to do is notify your credit card company when the bill with the false items comes. If you do this, you are not liable for false charges beyond, usually, $50 (the credit card company is liable for anything beyond this).

4. By law, if somebody steals your personal check (out of a rural mailbox, for example, or because you send a check to a fraudulent company), and they bleach the check in order to erase the "payable to" line, and replace it with whatever payee they want, and then they go down to the 7-11 and cash the check or use it to buy liquor or cigarettes or whatever -- then YOU are responsible! Not your bank, and not the merchant who cashed the check! If you do not believe this, you can go ask your bank! They will tell you that they are only a "vendor of first resort", which means all they do with personal checks is process them -- they are not responsible for what is on the check, or for any transaction having to do with the check.


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