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Happy Holidays and Our Best Wishes to You for the Season
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 Posted: Fri Dec 24th, 2010 07:42 am
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Folks, I've had a couple of private EMails in the past few days from people asking permission to post "seasonal" material here. Well, you are more than welcome to do that, just so long as it relates one way or another to horses or animals generally; or else you are welcome to post 'happy moments' images for everyone's enjoyment (see below; Oliver has learned to fetch this past year, and gets quite a lot of amusement from playing at it -- I enjoy it too).

While I'm at it, I want also to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to all who have participated here during 2010. It continues to be a pleasure for me to run this "online classroom" whose intention is to inform and edify. It remains the goal of Equine Studies Institute to "foster higher education in horsemanship," but this would not be possible without your ongoing interest and participation.

Our horses certainly do give us great pleasure and much learning; my horse is a blessing to me, and I hope everyone who reads here considers their horse a blessing, too.

In whatever manner you celebrate, celebrate this.

And love your horse also, which means primarily, figuring out what he needs and then giving that to him, with no thought or concern whatsoever as to whether, when you do that, he will love you back. -- Dr. Deb

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Brenton Ross Matthews

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 Posted: Fri Dec 24th, 2010 08:22 am
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Thank you Dr Deb and all the best to you and all members.

  All good here. Using the electric tapes to keep all horses from getting fat as we have had an exceptionally good year here.

 Warm here now--just been in the pool!! and having a beer or 2  or 3 or 4 .

 Merry Christmas everyone,

 Thanks again,



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 Posted: Fri Dec 24th, 2010 03:31 pm
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Hi Dr Deb,

Thanks so much for all your help this year - my horse and I have had some amazing breakthrough moments, and every day things seem to get better and better. I can't wait to see what the new year brings, and you've been a big part of steering us down that path.

In the spirit of happy moments, I thought I'd share this silly shot. I know it's just a lucky moment snapped from a yawn, but I keep it around  to remind me that fun moments can be found in everyday things, and as a way of making sure life doesn't get too serious!

Thanks to everyone else too - this wouldn't be the same without you good folks as well!

Merry Christmas all,

Ride A Grey Horse

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 Posted: Fri Dec 24th, 2010 05:18 pm
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Dear Dr. Deb and everyone,

Thank you for your wonderful help this year.  What I've been learning here is changing everything for my horse and myself.  (He says it's about time.)

This is a short poem by Thomas Hardy that I love, though it's not as wholeheartedly merry as the charming pictures of Oliver and Tindur (well, it is Hardy).  He's writing on a Christmas Eve during the Great War, recalling the old Wessex belief that the oxen out in the stable would kneel at midnight, as on the first Christmas Eve.


Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.
"Now they are all on their knees"
An elder said, as we sat in a flock
By the embers, in hearthside ease.

We pictured the meek mild creatures where
They dwelt in their strawy pen,
Nor did it occur to one of us there
To doubt they were kneeling then.

So fair a fancy few would weave
In these years!  - yet, I feel,
If someone said on Christmas Eve,
"Come - see the oxen kneel,

"In the lonely barton by yonder coomb
Our childhood used to know,"
I should go with him, in the gloom,
Hoping it might be so.

One reason I love this is that the "meek mild creatures" sound like they're what Dr.Deb calls 100% okay.  This must've taken such clear, kind, confident handling by the farmers and plough-boys of those days.  My horse is fully okay some of the time now - more and more now, thanks greatly to the lessons here.  A very happy holiday season to all of us and our horses.


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 Posted: Fri Dec 24th, 2010 09:45 pm
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Dr Deb and all,

  I am also glad to be here, had a close run in with a masked bandit, who tried to drag me back to his cave. Might have to join you for one of those beers, Brenton!

                         Merry Christmas to all,

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 Posted: Sat Dec 25th, 2010 05:31 am
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Just thought I would share these baby goats and jingle bells.  Best wishes for a joyous season and the year ahead.


Allen Pogue

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 Posted: Sat Dec 25th, 2010 06:40 pm
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Hello Dr. Deb and company,

 Yes it is a great time for all of us to share our respect for our horses. They are what brought us all together.

 Many thanks for running such a tight ship. In the end, I feel that it pays off dividends that in the heat of the moment may not be obvious.

Your classroom has crossed borders and boundries and has benefited many many horses.

 Thanks for the opportunity to be part of it,

 Warm regards,

 Allen Pogue

 Dripping Springs, Texas

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 Posted: Sun Dec 26th, 2010 09:12 pm
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Thank you Dr. Deb for your time and effort and the endless knowledge you share here!
The attached photos are of my little fellow when he was close to a year old (he was born on boxing day - best 'Christmas present' ever!). He was tossing around the Santa hat for a while until he brought it over to me to exchange it for a carrot. He's now 6 and still loves to pick up everything, including things that he shouldn't ;-).
All the best,

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 Posted: Tue Dec 28th, 2010 06:51 pm
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Happy Holidays to you all! A huge 'Thank You' to you Dr Deb for all your time, effort and information you are so willing to share with us. Never doubt that all your work is making a huge difference to the lives of horses, whose owners have accepted you as their teacher, who are now on a path that leads them back to 'themselves'.

Cheers to all how post and read here! And of course heartfelt thanks the horses.

Best Wishes


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 Posted: Sat Jan 1st, 2011 12:35 am
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Would like to add my two bits here as well.  This is a wonderful forum, from Dr Deb's expert advice and getting to the heart of the matter right through to everybody's input.  I have learned so much from all of you.  It seems that every time I check in I read something that addresses an issue I've been working on or makes me aware of something that will help me and my horse.  So thanks and best wishes to all of you and your horses for a super 2011.



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 Posted: Mon Jan 3rd, 2011 09:52 pm
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Happy New Year to everyone here and thanks Dr. Deb for making this site available to us for personal education growth.


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