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 Posted: Sun Aug 2nd, 2009 09:58 am
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Dear People -- Very shortly -- within the next couple of days -- our new "Conformation Biomechanics" video will become available. This is the most exciting news we've had in quite a while.

The timing around this is just absolutely totally serendipitous. Purely by chance, Friend of the Institute Dan Doyle had a free weekend at the end of May. Dan is the founder & president of "Dan Doyle Photo Video" out of Los Angeles, California, and an old compadre. Dan has been threatening for years to come up to the Central Valley to help me shoot this video!

Upgrading and updating the conformation video has been on my mind for some time, and the project has been long in development. Certainly, I have been thinking about the importance of the content for years. Several years ago, I made a couple of abortive attempts to do a video on conformation, but those efforts did not work out. But with Dan's great camera expertise, and his extensive help on post-production, we were able to produce a very high-quality product in a relatively short period of time.

As usual with my stuff, there's plenty of information. "Conformation Biomechanics" is a 4-DVD set with a total run time of about 7 1/2 hrs. In it, I walk you through all the major points, beginning at Step One so there's no confusion, but going on to some very advanced points. Many, many people over the years have asked me for this -- through writing me letters saying "I love your books but there's this one point I don't get...." I am hoping that this will help to clear up the difficulties!

The way we set this program up, I work back and forth between Oliver, my gelding, and a mounted horse skeleton in a laboratory setting. You thus get to see absolutely clearly where all the bones go in the body, and how skeletal proportions determine the appearance of the body as we see it from the outside in the living horse.

There is a major section in this program devoted to looking at some of the many things that can be wrong with a horse's hoofs. I use dried hoof specimens from various horses and ponies, plus casts of living horses' feet, to show hooves that are out of balance, foundered feet, and other problems to look out for when you are shopping for a new horse.

To broaden the scope and discuss the higher-level "integrated" biomechanics, I use simple working models and graphics. You see joints in action and we talk about leverages, angles, and lengths. I rather thoroughly cover topline, underline, neck, shoulder, back, haunch, forelimbs, hindlimbs, and hooves. This program features many of the concepts that I've introduced to the horse industry over the years, including how to find palpation points, how to calculate overall body balance, the importance of analytical planes in assessing the straightness of limbs, how much “bone” is enough, head-twirling, the three stages of collection, whole-body straightness, and the global effects on athletic aptitude of overall size and weight.

What I meant above about this all being serendipitous, is of course that the "new" Conformation column in Equus Magazine will be starting up very soon, too -- Laurie Prinz, my editor, mentioned to me when we were on the phone a couple of days ago that the first installment will come out in the September or October issue. Thanks to Dan's generous help, now there's a video to go along with the printed column. They beautifully complement each other. Subscriptions to Equus Magazine are about $25 per year for 12 issues, and this DVD box set is priced at only $89.95.

Thanks to everyone for your interest in this....look for "Conformation Biomechanics: The Building Blocks of Conformation taught by Dr. Deb Bennett, Ph.D." to show up in our Bookstore section in just a few days.

-- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Sun Aug 2nd, 2009 12:24 pm
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Your timing is sublime! Fantastic, can't wait.

Oh, you can get a 12 month Equus subscription for 10$US if you go digital.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 2nd, 2009 03:24 pm
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Hi OldMac, is the digital version including Dr Deb's recent (upcoming) contributions to Equus? Please give us the correct link to the 10.00 purchase. This doesn't google up for me, gives me 10$ some ordering sites off but not a $10 annual option.
Thanks, Miriam

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 Posted: Sun Aug 2nd, 2009 03:47 pm
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Too cool - I'm psyched. It sounds like a real piece of work, Dr Deb, thank you so much for bringing us the best!

-- Erica

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 Posted: Sun Aug 2nd, 2009 07:51 pm
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 Thanks for putting the time into this, Dr. Deb.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 2nd, 2009 11:25 pm
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Thanks for the enthusiasm, folks: as it turns out, our Webguy Ken has already gotten all the buttons and new pages up, so you can go have a look! From the Home Page, click on "Bookstore" and then in the righthand band, "Learning on DVD". We're excited about this too! -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Mon Aug 3rd, 2009 12:11 am
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Wonderful !  I've been hoping for this.  Thank you so much.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 3rd, 2009 01:10 am
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Oh! They've changed it. I bought a subscription (the entire magazine in digital format) for 10$US about two weeks ago - I see it is now 15$US.

I hope this link works
http://www.zinio.com/browse/publications/index.jsp?offercode=PH01&productId=245506620&rf=equisearch&pss=1&bd=1


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 Posted: Fri Aug 7th, 2009 02:52 pm
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Thanks so much for doing this Dr Deb!  Just ordered it ~ I actually have vacation coming up, and I know what I'll be watching!  Best regards, christina

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 Posted: Fri Aug 7th, 2009 08:20 pm
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Am I the only one who can't get the "Buy Now" button to work for the new CDs?

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 Posted: Fri Aug 7th, 2009 09:49 pm
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Sorry this is happening to you, Gold Pony; we've had LOTS of orders so far, so you may indeed be the only one affected. Try shifting to a different machine, preferably one that has a landline rather than a WiFi connection. And let us know if you continue to have problems. -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Sat Aug 8th, 2009 05:25 pm
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Deb!!!

You can die now!

All kidding aside, this is very exciting. Not just because this content really needed to get out there but because it has been done with the help of a person that has the skills to do the content real justice. I can't wait to see it!!!!
David Genadek

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 Posted: Sun Aug 9th, 2009 02:45 am
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OK, I haven't had an opportunity to switch computers yet, but I did move the modem line from Airport (wifi) and attach it directly to my Mac Book so I have a landline connection. The new "buy now" button still doesn't respond, but what is odd is that the button above it (for the other CDs) is working fine- just as it was with the wifi connection.

If anyone else is using a Mac, they might have some ideas. It may have something to do with my settings (security maybe?). I will try to locate a PC with a landline, or maybe it would be easier just to mail you an order.

By the way, I just viewed the bitting CDs and the demos using the skulls really cleared up a lot of fuzzy areas in understanding how bits sit in the mouth and effect the surrounding structures. Great stuff!

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 Posted: Sun Aug 9th, 2009 04:47 am
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Dear GoldPony -- thank you for the effort at troubleshooting. Let me forward this to our Web guy Ken, and see if he has any input.

Meanwhile, a note to everybody: NOT a good idea from now through mid-September to send orders to us through the mail, because our office will be on skeleton staff while I am in the U.K. for the next six weeks. MUCH better to go through PayPal if at all possible, if you want reasonably fast service.

And GoldPony: yes, if you can manage it, try to do the order from a PC rather than a Mac; that might be the problem, a platform problem. But you will probably get an EMail back from Ken, too. Thanks for cueing us in on it, so we can take care of it. -- Dr. Deb

P.S. -- OOPs, I just noticed we don't have your EMail address, GoldPony. If you could forward that to me by writing office@equinestudies.org, then I can put Ken in contact with you. -- DB

Last edited on Sun Aug 9th, 2009 04:49 am by DrDeb

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 Posted: Tue Aug 11th, 2009 12:51 am
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Dr Deb - The DVD set is incredible (and that is quite the understatement!) 

Just viewed the first of the 4 DVD's, and peeked ahead at some of the others... and all I can say is I am so pleased, delighted and fascinated with this information - it is like I have uncovered King Tut's Tomb!

Very good stuff!

Very effective the way you present principles with your hands on Ollie, then show how it correlates to an actual skeleton.  The cool camera angles and hands on the actual joints and articulations of the skeleton makes things almost 3D and very clear. 

Very effective too when you explained  "the why" of certain concepts such as troubles caused by breeding certain traits and why some not so pretty traits are desirable and even how the foot will shape with defects of anatomy. 

And though it is not a riding lesson - it sure clarified for me some of my riding lessons. 

And to think I still have 3 more DVD's to view ... and all of it to re-view.

"What is on the DVD?" my daughter asked. 

"Seven hours and forty three minutes of fascinating form and function, from a master."

Thank you so much!


 

 

Last edited on Tue Aug 11th, 2009 12:52 am by hurleycane


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