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 Posted: Tue Feb 10th, 2009 06:28 am
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Dear People: There are a couple of urgent announcements --

First, I want to give all of our friends and students from New Zealand and Australia a heads-up. If you want to join in our full-body anatomy class this year, you need to contact the Equinology office immediately! Dates are 14-18 April. The course might not be held if we do not have the necessary minimum number of students signed up BY THE END OF THIS WEEK. So please, if you had been planning on attending the 5-day, full-body course in Tamworth, NSW, do not delay -- contact organizer Debranne Pattillo now at this address:

office@equinology.com

Besides the 5-day class in Tamworth, a 3-day dental head-and-neck, and a 3-day farriers' limb-and-hoof class are also scheduled there. These will run between April 20 and 25th. If you are interested in one of these classes, please contact us here at the ESI office:

office@equinestudies.org

We have all been seeing on the news this week the stories about the horrific brushfires near Melbourne. We have had a farriers' anatomy scheduled to run at a station in that area also this April -- and amazingly enough, the organizers have just contacted me to say that despite some damage from the fires, they are going ahead with it! Hardy souls! Here is the description for the Farriers' anatomy class --

This will be an actual dissection with fresh (not smelly!) carcass limbs that have been taken off the body "high" so as to include the shoulder and haunch muscles -- both forelimb and hind limb.

The purpose of the class is to demonstrate how the limbs work and how they are structured. We will study the muscles that move the limbs, the muscles that bend the joints, the joints themselves, and all the ligaments, tendons, and bones. There will be informative presentations on the body's "driving forces", i.e. muscle contraction and nerve transmission, and on the amazing biomechanical systems built into the horse's fore and hind limbs. And, of course, we will investigate the hoof capsule and the world inside it, as well as all the external horn tissues, i.e. frog, sole, hoof laminae, etc. Students are invited to bring questions and concerns relating to any aspect of anatomy, hoof trimming, and the design and application of horseshoes.

Each student will receive a free packet of study/review handouts and a free copy of the 2003 "Inner Horseman" CD disk/virtual book on "Orthopedics in Horseshoeing".

The class will begin 9:00 a.m. on 28th April and finish 5:00 p.m. on 30th April. It will be held at the farm of Nicky and Andrew Bowe near Yarck, about 2 hrs. NE of Melbourne.

For specific information regarding the enrollment fee, as well as driving directions, please contact Nicky and Andrew Bowe by EMailing info@barehoofcare.com.

And note -- students in ALL my anatomy classes receive free handout packet, and the Orthopedics disk will be given away at the Tamworth farriers' class, too. We have brand-new, upgraded PowerPoint presentations this year that make the lecture part of the classes better than ever. So if you've been thinking for a while that you might like to join in an anatomy class, this is a good opportunity for students in two different areas of Australia (and for any Kiwis who would like to fly over).

Thanks to everyone for your ongoing interest in these unique learning opportunities. -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Fri Feb 13th, 2009 09:09 am
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To all interested students, I have a revised announcement -- it has been decided to put off making a FINAL decision on whether to hold the Australian 5-day full-body dissection class until March 20th. This is the absolute drop-dead deadline....approximately one month before the class is slated to begin, on April 14th.

We must have the deadline at least a month out, so as to allow everyone to get their reservations for travel and accommodation .... but also so as not to penalize anyone too severely IF we do not get enough students to fill the class. We certainly can't leave you hanging!

At the present time, we have just over 50% of the minimum number of students we must have in order to break even on our expenses in offering the class. Five or six more people would be all it would take to guarantee that we have the full-body course in Tamworth this year!

So any of you who have taken the class in the past and liked it, please let any friends who might be interested know....and any of you who have wanted to take this class, there's no better moment than right now.

If you are thinking of enrolling, please EMail office@equinology.com and Paul or Debranne will get back to you right away.

Thanks to everyone who has supported this class over the years. -- Dr. Deb

Last edited on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 09:39 am by DrDeb

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 Posted: Fri Feb 27th, 2009 08:50 pm
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As long as we've got an "Admin" thread up, I want to post a request that I am sure all of our good Forum users will want to help us with.

When you register to use the Forum, would you please name yourself something obviously "horsey" -- some examples would be:

janbrown@blueroanstables.com

horselovinowner@yahoo.com

borntoride@netins.net

Note that the part of the name before the "@" is either a believable name or a "horsey" pseudonym, while the part of the name after the "@" is either obviously horse-related or it's a well-known and reputable ISP.

The reason I am requesting this is because, for months now, we seem to have been on some illicit mailing lists that sign people up for the Forum who are pornographers, trying to sell Viagra, trying to sell some other drug, or trying to sell something else -- or else that operate malicious websites so that if you click on their EMail hotlink, your computer would be endangered.

For those of you who are using the ISP called "gmail", this is doubly important, because a lot of the illicit signups seem to come with gmail.com addresses.

Obviously, if you go over to the User list, you should never click on an EMail or website address that you don't already know. Also, you will see that the list shows you whether the person with that EMail address has ever actually posted in the forum, and how many times. Since the whole reason that most people go to the trouble of registering is that they want to post....if they haven't posted, don't trust 'em.

We go in almost every day and delete the obviously bad sign-ups, where it's easy to tell that they're peddling something, or the name is lewd or salacious. But in some cases, it is hard for us to tell who is legit and who is not, and we don't want to delete the signups of "real" people.

If you're reading this and you've already registered....please tell your friends who may want to sign up to use an obvious "horsey" name. And if you've been thinking of registering -- please do the same! It will help all of us. Thanks very much -- Dr. Deb

 

 

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 Posted: Tue Mar 3rd, 2009 12:32 am
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Would you still like us to change our user name if we've already been on the forum for awhile?  I haven't posted very often so my name might not be that recognizeable.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 3rd, 2009 04:55 am
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No, Philine, you're probably OK if you haven't noticed your "member" status changing to "guest" when you post. Other longtime Associate Members are probably OK too, as I will have at least a foggy memory of your moniker. -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Sat Mar 7th, 2009 06:31 am
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Hello to everyone -- The top very cool thing today is to announce that the 2009 "Lessons & Wisdom from Dr. Deb" 2-disk audio CD set is now out and available.

The button and description for this is not yet up in the Membership section of our ESI Website (click on 'home' button above). However, the price for Associate Membership remains $25, so if you want to get it immediately, just use the button for the 2008 audio set. Then, when the PayPal window comes up, use the 'leave seller a message' area to tell us that what you really want is the 2009 set. Or -- if you know you were a member in 2008 and/or you already have the 2008 audio CD's, that will be in our records, and we'll see it when we get your new order and just send you the new 2009 set.

The 2009 set is the second in a continuing series. The topic for the first was "Mannering Your Horse"; the new one is called "Birdie Basics". Birdie Basics runs over 2 hrs. of listening time -- and, as usual with our stuff, is packed with information. It includes both what the whole idea of "Birdie" is, plus practical directions for how to put the 'Birdie' concept to use. Here's the list of track titles:

Disk 1

1. What is 'Birdie' (Metaphor and Reality)

2. The Thread (Stronger Than Any Chain)

3. The Deep Law of the Horse (Getting into his inner nature)

4. Quitting the Mafia (Punishment & Reward vs. Pressure & Release)

5. Pressure, Wait, and Release (Practical Examples)

Disk 2

6. The Magic of 'Wait' (How to get an honest try)

7. Jumping Cars in the Parking Lot (Deep vs. superficial control)

8. About the Roundpen (Pointers on proper use of this important tool)

9. Drive and Draw (Learning how to balance the forces)

10. Teaching 'Come Here' (Deeper meaning and significance of this basic command)

11. Reward Generously (Going beyond release)

12. Strengthening the Thread (Sending the Horse On)

13. Review of Concepts and Suggestions for More Enjoyment

Thanks to everyone for your great support of the audio CD idea -- the 2008 "Mannering" set has been very popular, and we hope you like the 2009 set even more.

I also want to add that for those of you who have not renewed your Associate Membership for 2009....now is the time! Just go over to "Membership" & use the secure PayPal buttons. We can also accept your check or money order made out in U.S. dollars; send to Equine Studies Institute, P.O. Box 411, Livingston, CA 95334. We are sending out our once-yearly bright yellow Associate Member "reminder cards" this week....please accept our apologies if you have already signed up for 2009. Otherwise, we'd love to hear from you, because it means we can then send you a Birdie CD!

Thanks to everyone for your continuing interest in our work. -- Dr. Deb

 

 

 

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 Posted: Sun Mar 8th, 2009 09:36 pm
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Just want to say THANK YOU to the several dozen people who have already responded to the above post about the new Audio Lessons "Birdie Basics" being out. There's a big pile of envelopes fully stuffed, sitting in our "to be mailed" bin, and they are headed to the Post Office first thing Monday morning!

One more thing which may be of help -- I am slated to be on the airplane to New Zealand on the morning of March 24th, and I will not return until the first of May. We do have part-time staff who come in during my absence BUT they only work a couple of days per week and thus anytime I am gone, fulfillments are not as prompt. So if you want your new audio set right away, go ahead and send in your $25 now.

This is especially important for anyone who does not care to use the secure PayPal buttons, but instead sends a check through the mail. Check fulfillments are always slower anyway, and they're REAL slow when I'm gone because staff only picks up the accumulated mail once every week or so. So like the old guy on TV used to say, "keep those cards and letters coming in."

Cheers -- and many thanks again -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Mon Mar 16th, 2009 09:38 pm
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Hello, folks -- Alex Wickham, our organizer for the horsemanship clinics in Canberra, has asked me to post this. Anyone interested in attending this usually small and rather intimate clinic may contact Alex by using the information given below. -- Dr. Deb


9th and 10th April 2009
Stromlo Equestrian Centre, “Bibaringa” 118 Cotter Road Weston ACT

 

Morning Session - Equine Dentistry

What can go wrong with you horses teeth, why they go wrong and what to look for in a practitioner.

 

Horsemanship

Topics for the Horsemanship section may include any or all of the following:

·         Understanding the nature and needs of horses

·         Birdie Theory (what makes horses "tick" on the inside)

·         Woody Theory (how to help your horse move straight)

·         The Ring of Muscles (anatomy and biomechanics of collection)

·         Contact, self-carriage, lightness

 

The Clinic will consist of 50% classroom time and 50% hands on or riding time. You have the option of bringing a horse with you or to participate as a non rider.

 

Costs
Riders cost $280 – for the two days (does not include stabling or yard cost)

Non rider cost $120 – for the two days

 

All kinds of riders and horses are most welcome to attend. Please contact the coordinator for specific details. Rider numbers are limited to 12. Cost includes course notes, lunch and morning and afternoon tea.  

 

Please contact Alex Wickham to book your place in the clinic.

(02) 6255 1196 (ah)

email: tyffyn@hotmail.com

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 Posted: Wed Mar 18th, 2009 08:13 pm
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Just in case anyone is wondering where on earth is Canberra ... its in Australia (the capital city no less).

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 Posted: Mon Apr 13th, 2009 01:14 am
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Wish I had seen this last week looked for this info on the main website and not here...
Ah well maybe next year


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