At long last, dear people, we have gotten time to get some upcoming events posted so that it's easy for you to find out where you can attend an event.
NOV. 10th-11th, 2016 -- DR. DEB AT EQUINE AFFAIRE IN MASSACHUSETTS
Here's a rare one! I'm actually going to be on the East Coast -- Equine Affaire in West Springfield, Massachusetts, to be exact. The event runs Nov. 10th through 13th; I'm on tap for two lectures per day on the 10th and 11th. The topics cover some principles of conformation and biomechanics, but wonder of wonders, they've also requested that I give one talk on Birdie. This is a major change over how this particular event has been managed in the past.
I just went over to their website and as of today (10/10/2016) they have descriptions and photos of some of the presenters up, but not a daily schedule, so you'll have to check in with them at a later time to get that and tickets and maps and such -- equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts.
JANUARY 27-29, 2017 -- FARRIERS' SPECIAL ANATOMY
3 DAYS OVER A WEEKEND -- AT THE INSTITUTE LABORATORY NEAR TURLOCK, CALIFORNIA
Calling all farriers, and anybody else with a serious interest in hoof trimming and the biomechanics of stance and movement. We have had a donation to our anatomy program and are therefore able to offer a partial-body anatomy class. I call this a "farrier special", and it's being enthusiastically co-sponsored by the Western States Farriers' Association. WSFA President Don Gustafson CJF and most of the Board of Directors will be attending. That takes up about half the spots in the class already....so if you want in, please contact us very soon. We only have space for 20 students.
Most farrier training schools do offer some kind of dissection these days. However, the specimens are almost always cut off at the knee or hock. This leaves a GIANT BLANK HOLE in the farrier's mental picture of how a horse is put together and how it stands and moves. Because of course -- there's something connecting the hoof below to the body above.
What we'll be working with in THIS course is WHOLE limbs -- a forelimb all the way from the shoulder down and a hind limb all the way from the butt down. We will demonstrate and learn how the reciprocating apparatus of the forelimb works, and how even small changes in hoof trim have a giant effect on how this system works. And once we've done the forlelimb and seen how that works, we'll turn to the hind limb and its peculiar system of reciprocation. This will lead us to understanding "locking stifles" -- why they happen, how they happen, and a whole new level of understanding how hoof breakover both before and behind can make or break a horse.
The cost for this course is $600, which includes lectures, a thick packet of handouts and/or study materials on CD in .pdf format, lunch every day, and of course, time in the wet lab with Dr. Deb and the specimens. The Institute is kicking back a portion of proceeds to the WSFA educational fund, the amount being larger the more WSFA members who sign up. Non-farriers can sign up for this course too, but we're giving farriers first priority. Please EMail us: email@example.com for more information and how to pay your enrollment fee.
FEBRUARY 3-5 -- DR. DEB AT POMONA HORSE FAIR, POMONA CALIF.
Once again this year, I'll be available for lectures and whatever question you want to bring. I'm on tap all three days at this event, twice per day, two hours per session -- and beyond that, you can usually find me sitting in the shade someplace where we can have a good talk or an ad-hoc session. I always enjoy this event -- the weather is usually great and the venue is comfortable.
The scheduled talks cover conformation and biomechanics or what people like to call "form to function", but of course that's just where we begin. It goes on from there to straigthtness, collection, and ultimately what we like to call "deep work". How indeed is one to truly succeed with their horse! So bring your questions and concerns: that's the real purpose.
For tickets and directions and schedule and such, go to their website at https:/horseexpoevents.com.
Last edited on Tue Oct 11th, 2016 06:18 am by DrDeb
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