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DrDeb
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 Posted: Tue Nov 11th, 2008 06:55 pm
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Dear People: This is just a heads-up....tomorrow evening we are going to be doing something we haven't done for several years -- take our main website offline and replace it with a totally redesigned, brand-new site!

The old site will go offline sometime ca. 7 p.m. California time tomorrow. This should not affect the Forum, so if you have the Forum address directly in your browser, you'll still be able to do all the talking you like in here. Just in case you don't have it, the Forum address is: http://esiforum.mywowbb.com. You will not be able to access the Home page, however, from the Forum.

No later than midmorning the next day -- and probably the same evening -- we'll have the new site up.

We'd like to invite everyone to come in when the new site is up, and have a look around. Our address -- same address we've had since the mid-1990's -- is http://www.equinestudies.org.

You'll find bigger buttons that are easier to read....simple, short pages that don't force you to scroll....the Bookstore organized in a logical way so that everything is easy to find, and everything we have has its own PayPal button. The Membership section offers all the "Inner Horseman" back issues too, plus the audio "podcasts". Plus, you'll find lower prices on a couple of items and a fabulous deal on "Conquerors" for U.S./APO members who join.

Probably the greatest thing, though, is the new "Knowledge Base" section, which contains several more free downloads than it used to. To go with "Lessons from Woody" + "True Collection", there is "The Ring of Muscles Revisited". There is also "On Fostering Long Life" -- caring for your older horse, two really neat papers about Vindolanda ("CSI at an ancient Roman fort"), three papers on the evolution of the horse, and "What Should I Read" -- an annotated bibliography of good horse books.

Our most popular paper, "The Ranger Piece", has been revised with the addition of new photographs, and now also contains tables of data for those readers who have wanted the background references and scientific studies.

I'd like to say thank you -- once again -- to the many, many people who visit our site with the intention of learning something that will help their horsemanship and their horses. Those of you who take out Associate Memberships directly support our efforts to present the most useful and excellent horse-related website in the world. -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Thu Nov 13th, 2008 12:35 am
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I would like to say thank you for taking the time to keep the site updated and the forum running. 

For the last few weeks I have worked my way back from page 16 to page 1, lots of great information and I have put my printer into overdrive.

My Conformation books arrived last week and I am going through those as well, hopefully my questions will be limited as many have already been answered in the forum, including those that I have not even thought about yet.

For many years I have started colts undersaddle and after reading quite a bit on this forum, I feel a lot better about the way I do things, slow and on the horses time table not the owners.  Many of my horses are 5 to 7 before I get around to them.  Currently I am just an avid trail rider and love riding in the National Forest, used to turn cans in my youth and that grand old mare passed away at 33 YOA, I may yet turn cans again for fun.

Look forward to the updates and the papers you have listed that I have not yet read; as well as speaking with you in person when you come to Texas.

Kim

kimc911 - My handle-  refers to being a 911 Supervisor for 8+ years.

 

 

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 Posted: Thu Nov 13th, 2008 03:54 am
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Dr. Deb, I'm looking forward to seeing the new website.  There is just so much on there.  Thanks so much to you and the staff (and the webmaster) for everything.

Kuuinoa

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 Posted: Thu Nov 13th, 2008 09:40 am
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Dear People!

Thank you for your thank-yous! It's 2:30 in the ack emma and we have just finished uploading the new site, and by golly, it looks like it works!

Tomorrow will be our time to refine the inevitable little problems. On a quick run-through (before I turn in tonight) I find one missing hotlink on the "About ESI" page, and three non-working links on the Vindolanda page....

....if anyone else is flipping through the new site and you find:

* Missing information

* Links that don't work

* An EMail address or website listing that isn't "hot" ....

....or anything else you want to mention -- please post here!

Thanks to everybody for your input, and I am very much in hopes that you will enjoy and benefit from our new Website. Go check out all the new PDF downloads!!

-- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Thu Nov 13th, 2008 10:22 am
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What a marvelous site with so much info and the story of your old horses was an insperational and emotional read [I have had many old horses I would dearly love to have with me now AND APOLOGIES TO THEM FOR MY MANY FAULTS and mistakes but they made the grade inspite of me]

 So much to learn! So little time


I also feel honoured and humble--thank you-
 Brenton

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 Posted: Thu Nov 13th, 2008 12:57 pm
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I'm sure this will be echoed throughout the days to follow-- but I LOVE THE NEW SITE!!!  Thank you!!

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 Posted: Thu Nov 13th, 2008 01:33 pm
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Wonderful site! Still clicking around as there is a ton of places to go!  I find the pdf format brings a new clear dimension to the many classic articles over the previous site.  Fair warning:  If you ask for a list of books - be prepared to read!  And great of you to offer bookstore resource within the lists.  

In all you write, I especially love the way you lift up my vocabulary (eg: gracile xeric ) and always lift my spirit:  "and then, by golly, there will be horsemanship indeed."

A potential you no doubt have made possible for many here on earth as well.

Thank you Dr Deb.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 13th, 2008 11:36 pm
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I can access the forum pages from the home page but on all the other links I get  "requested URL not found."

DrDeb
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 Posted: Fri Nov 14th, 2008 12:45 am
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What browser are you using? This does not happen on our office computers; we're using Internet Explorer. -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Fri Nov 14th, 2008 01:41 am
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The only problem I have found is when I go to Vindolanda.  From that page, no matter what I click on I cannot go off that page.  What does work is to go to the very bottom and click go back to homepage, then everything is accesible again.

Other than that, no problems. 

I love the look of the new site !!  Really great !!

Thanks so much for all the incredible work you do.

I am so glad I found this site (I think I'm addicted).

Tammy

 

 

 

 

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 Posted: Fri Nov 14th, 2008 01:43 am
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I am using Internet Explorer along with Window XP

Fom this link:

http://www.equinestudies.org/vindolanda/vindolanda_intropage.html#

The three links over to the right side --Vindolanda the mouse over changes yet if you click on them nothing happens.

All the others appear to work,

Kim

 

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 Posted: Fri Nov 14th, 2008 01:57 am
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I see the same problem, even if you open them in a new window the same thing happens.

Another note: in the reading list, right down the bottom, Katie Watts' website is http://www.safergrass.org.

The new site is great, so far I have enjoyed reading the changes to the Ranger Piece and the Older Horses article. Thanks for all of the great resources Deb!

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 Posted: Fri Nov 14th, 2008 03:29 am
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My browser is Mozilla Firefox

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 Posted: Fri Nov 14th, 2008 06:05 am
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Thanks to everybody who has been looking through the new Website & clicking on buttons. Yes, we knew about the Vindolanda links -- those should be fixed by tomorrow sometime. And there's a missing hotlink on the "About ESI" page too.

As to Carole's problem (and others who are using Mozilla Firefox): We tested the site with this browser before putting it up, and I tested it again from our office machines this evening after receiving your message. We find that we can access the Forum from any page just fine.

What I think may be happening is, it is noticeable that Firefox loads our site much more slowly than Internet Explorer. You do have to sit there and wait until ALL the data that is going to download from our site has arrived through Firefox. Watch the little spinning icon in the upper right-hand corner, and also there's a progress meter at the lower left. Only when it says "done" can you successfully click on the Forum button.

Be aware too, those of you who have your screens set for lower res, that you may not be seeing the entire width of the pages. The layout looks like dark-green (nearly black) buttons down the lefthand side, then the main white box with text to the right of that. But to the right of THAT there is also a maroon-colored bar that has 3 larger-sized buttons on it. Use your slider-bar that's near the bottom of the screen to move the view to the right, and you'll see it. It seems that Firefox loads the stuff in the maroon bar last. If your screen res doesn't make it obvious that the maroon bar is there, you might think that the page has finished loading when in fact it really hasn't. -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Fri Nov 14th, 2008 11:39 am
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I LOVE the new site! It is so full of information!

I found a link issue. IF I click on the Vindolanda link, I can't get back.

In other words, once I click on it, the buttons on the site keep taking me to that page.

I hope that makes sense.


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