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 Posted: Fri Dec 21st, 2007 03:20 pm
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I wanted to take a minute and express my thanks to Dr. Deb for all the advice and guidance she gives here on this forum.  The Christmas/Holiday Season can be a time to reflect on all the wonderful things that happen in our lives each day.  This forum encourages all of us to continue our journey and connect our spirits with our great friend, the horse.   We are allowed to come here to cry, to learn from our mistakes, to lean on others, to laugh, play, improve, slip back... and keep our dreams alive!

Dr. Deb and everyone, thanks very much for providing a place where knowledge is shared and where the backyard horse owner can log on and get a day to day game plan! (especially when things aren't going as planned!!).  The voices of experience sure come in handy!

To you and yours, a Merry Christmas/Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year! Peace.



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 Posted: Fri Dec 21st, 2007 07:15 pm
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Hear, hear!! Well said, Joann.  Thank you and a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season to you all.


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 Posted: Sat Dec 22nd, 2007 10:45 am
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Merry Christmas too all from Harrogate South Australia and thanks to Dr Deb and all who have contributed to this Forum.

  Christmas came a  bit early here with good rains , abit late but filled all my tanks and ran a bit into my dams AND Helens garden too.

  Hope all have a good Christmas and a healthy happy new year.



  PS  Hope to see you early in the New Year Deb


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 Posted: Sat Dec 22nd, 2007 07:23 pm
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The Merriest Holiday wishes to all, and especially to those who care enough about their horses to try and do the very best for them they can. And may 2008 be great!


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 Posted: Sat Dec 22nd, 2007 10:37 pm
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Merry Christmas Dr Deb and all who post here. I hope you all manage to take some time off in this busy life. Many thanks to Dr Deb for all your valuable comments. Hawkes Bay New Zealand Cathie


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 Posted: Mon Dec 24th, 2007 06:56 am
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Merry Christmas to Dr Deb and all who post here and the very Best Wishes for 2008!

Ditto, what Joann said, couldn't say it better. 

Best Wishes


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 Posted: Mon Dec 24th, 2007 07:31 am
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And a very Merry Christmas to everyone in return! It is YOU all who have built this Forum into the great place for horsemanship that it is. It is great students who make a great teacher (no kiddin' -- there's nothing like a question that you don't know the answer to, to force the teacher to continue to be a student, and not fall asleep).

As every year, I would like to extend a very special "thank you" to all of you who have expressed interest in our work by supporting the Institute through your Associate Memberships. I will in a few days be posting some exciting new developments as to 2008 Memberships -- you are going to have some options for that which are new. Continuing our tradition and policy of giving you the absolute best value for dollar given.

And this year, we are especially grateful as well to those of you who have contributed photos, logistical support, or other help toward completion of "Poison Plants in the Pasture." This project has been SO much fun that I almost hate to stop working on it! But stop we must, because there's an urgent need for this book -- so, as promised, it is going to be available in January. And WAIT 'til you see! What I have been saying to friends and collaborators is that this book "raises the common weed to a place of beauty and significance." Which makes it sound like I admire poison plants....a little strange, but when you have lived nose-to-lens with them for almost three years, I guess one may be forgiven a little peculiarity.

In any case, our special thanks and acknowledgements go to all these folks:


Jenny Paterson

Judy Bracey

Craig Dysart


Emma Clifton

Leonie Cruz

Kaleen Faul

Dorinda Lillington

Alex Wickham


Robin & Pat Birley and All the Office Staff at Vindolanda

Jacqui Huntley

Chris Burn

Mandy Harris


Dave Elliott & Louise Houben

Yvonne & Carl Miller


Jeff Abbas

Don DeBoer

Stuart Greenberg

Tom & Michelle Thompson

Dr. Robert Timm

Joe Sullivan

Matthew Mackay-Smith, DVM

Dan Sweet, DVM



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 Posted: Mon Dec 24th, 2007 02:46 pm
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A happy holiday poem and wish, and a thank you to ESI and all from around the world from snowy Minnesota USA!

( if every pony is a horse, is every horse a pony?)

A Shade of Bay

She’s not a big equine with a flashy way

Just a 14.2 in a shade of bay

Got a big name Pa in the registry

But there’s a conformation flaw that doesn’t matter to me

There’s a steady way about her attitude

So I don’t care about that level croup

Never bucked or bit or even pulled away

She’s just a little pony in a shade of bay


            All my troubles I’m soon to forget

            She’s got that hesitation in every step

            Take a gravel road to a wooded trail

            I’ve got the creak of leather and a pony smell


Now some folks talk about intelligence

In human terms they’ll describe events

And they’ll compare the horse to evidence

Of a lesser form of existence

But I guess they forgot about the days gone by

Before the steel rails and the jets that fly

When folks might’a wanted to be goin’

But without a horse, well I guess they just stayed home


So let’s not talk poorly about this species

For it is this perfectly created beast

Who did their part to build this country

And half of the world actually

They were the beast of burden for the nomad tribes

A humble ride for Jesus Christ

Pulled the wagon trains across the west

And carried mail for the Pony Express


            Oh all my troubles, soon to forget

            She’s got that hesitation in every step

            Take a gravel road to a wooded trail

            I’ve got the creak of leather and a pony smell

            She’s just a little pony, well I would not trade

            Registered or grade

            Just my little pony in a shade of bay

@miriam tell 1996

Jean in Alaska

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 Posted: Tue Dec 25th, 2007 09:51 pm
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Well, It didn't come through in poem format so here is another try:

A Horseman's Christmas - Doris Eraldi

It's the night before Christmas, we're out in the barn
Blanketing horses to keep them all warm

They're eating their dinners, tucked in cozy stalls
Not aware that it's Christmas or any special day at all
They can dream of spring pastures from their pine-scented beds
No visions of sugarplums dance in their heads

But we people are thinking of merry parties and such
Maybe feeling a little sad at missing so much

This season is special but the horses don't know
We've got work to do before we can go

We finish the chores and head on inside
To get ready for dinner and our own yuletide

It's nearly midnight, the carols are sung
I remember a story I was told when I was young
How at midnight on Christmas Eve
The creatures of the barnyard can speak to us with ease
I am called to the barn, I wade through the rain
I know I must go, I can't really explain
I slide open the door, pause for a while
Then slowly walk down that dimly lit aisle

A nicker from Casey, a wink from JD
Sleepy old Alibi waking to see

Tucker rustling his bedding, a snort soft and light
Each horse gave a greeting as I walked through the night
I thought about parties bright lit and warm
The ones we don't go to 'cause we have the barn
And vacations and holidays that we don't get
When we're working long hours for bills to be met
Walking all the way to the end of the aisle
I stop to stroke Bonnie, it brings me a smile
She snuffles my face, hot breath on my skin
It starts me to thinking about my horses, my kin
I could be at parties with laughter and mirth
But where I am right now is the best place on Earth.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Jean in Fairbanks, Alaska with fjords Stella, Bjorken , Adel and Bjarne


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 Posted: Thu Dec 27th, 2007 02:34 pm
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Nice, Miriam, as always, but what a shame you couldn't post an audio file of you singing it. 

For those who don't know, Miriam is a talented (and formerly pro) musician who does a lovely job on that song she wrote.



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 Posted: Thu Dec 27th, 2007 08:09 pm
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Whoa Boy…[size=(blush).]…wasn’t looking for accolades when I posted it Joe, just looking to honor the horse through words[size=.] Actually, I’d so enjoyed your poem by Robt Frost of last year - perhaps post it again – and so was following your lead.

Love your poem Jean.

Dr Deb could follow suit also and post her ‘Painty and the Tramp’ poem here…..


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 Posted: Thu Dec 27th, 2007 10:07 pm
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A little bit late here but I agree with all the thoughts and wishes expressed in the previous posts.  And I'd especially like to thank all those horses who enrich our lives so immeasurably as we get to know them better and learn from them.


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