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 Posted: Tue Feb 7th, 2017 08:43 am
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Dr. Deb. Every overdue thank you has a story and I'll try to be succinct getting thru this one. On December 6, 2005, 4:47pm(ND time) I asked you for some advice regarding purchase of an 11 yr old Quarab mare. By 8:26pm your time, I had over a page of info from you and the steps to help me navigate it. My regular vet said she was lame based on a flexion test I thought might not be reliable enough. Based on your advice, I did get a 2nd opinion. Following a darn lengthy exam and with his elbow perched on her rump, he said, "I can't find anything. If I were in the market for a horse, and depending on what they're asking, I'd buy her." (He thought she was really well put together.) When I told him the price, he added, "For heaven's sake, buy this horse." She'll be 23 this spring. I got her to do AERC 25-35mi LD rides and it is without a doubt, her thing. Given the occasional full rein, she'll move herself into a 12-13 mph trot, smooth as glass. Two years ago she came out of winter pasture lame in the front,some arthritis caught early which is being well managed thanks to great vet care, a farrier 2nd to none, and a bit of help from the pharmacy. She'd never had an unsound day prior. We had a fun ride season last year and are looking forward to 2017. So, thank you for the past 12 years with her and for how ever many we may have going foward. By-the-way, Dave G. made her saddle and we have him coming to conduct a clinic in conjunction with the North Dakota State University Equine Science program in April!

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 Posted: Thu Feb 9th, 2017 09:02 pm
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So Deb have you considered offering regular classes in conformation analysis? You could set it up so people could fly in to California, rent local horses, bring them to a clinic at a local barn and compare their anatomy. Then taking account of the conformational advantages of differing horses and which activities they were most suited for you could teach students the best approach for each horse. This would be a unique approach which you are the most qualified person to offer.
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 Posted: Thu Feb 9th, 2017 09:09 pm
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I appreciate the suggestion, Bruce, but I did something like that years ago and the time for it is long past. Not on my current agenda. What IS on my agenda is having YOU learn how to analyze your own horse, gaining confidence with that, and then putting it into action, such as by actually doing what the results of analysis suggest. Case in point: a guy who is over 6 ft. tall, with very long legs and arms, has no business trying to ride an Arabian horse; particularly when said guy has neither started a colt nor finished a horse, in other words, is a beginner. Cheers -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Fri Feb 17th, 2017 09:33 pm
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What I had in mind was another of your farriers anatomy classes. It would be helpful if we could know about the dates a few months in advance so we could arrange travel logistics and vacation days.
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 Posted: Sat Feb 18th, 2017 01:25 pm
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Bruce old bean, I really can't imagine what you mean. Yes indeed you should have come down for the Farriers' special anatomy class, as that's as close as one is going to be to you for the foreseeable future. Knowing this, our office even sent you a special direct invitation to attend -- special notice, so that you would be certain to be aware of when and where the class would be. This notice was sent to you in late September of 2016 for a class that would occur at the end of January, 2017, in other words, you had a personal invitation sent to you fully four months before the class.

I think this is about as much notice as we would ever be able to give for any class, so if that's not enough for you Bruce, I guess we'll just not count on seeing you at any time in the future. -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Sun Feb 19th, 2017 08:36 pm
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Deb To be very clear I have always thought of your clinics as the very best horsemanship learning opportunities. And, I look forward to attending many more of them in the future. I had to use my floaters early last fall to squeak myself through a really chaotic 90 day work signup. Couldn't keep my bus on time, got several customer service complaints, got called onto the carpet by management- it was bad. So took days off on the worst traffic days thus burning my floaters. Sorry for not being clear.
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