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UPCOMING EVENTS -- DR. DEB'S SCHEDULE -- 2009 & 2010

August and early September, 2009: Once again this year, Dr. Deb will take up her post as the bone lady at Vindolanda. Vindolanda is a world-heritage archaeological site in Northumbria in northern England. It is a Roman fort and village complex with two fabulous museums, thousands of artifacts on display, plus you can walk over the grounds, see and talk to the archaeologists at work, and put your hands on the actual walls the Romans built nearly 2000 years ago. Vindolanda is part of the Hadrian’s Wall hiking and backpacking experience and lies close to England’s scenic Lake District. We encourage anyone who is considering a trip to the U.K. to spend a day at this wonderful site. For more information, go to www.vindolanda.com.

September 13-14, 2009: Horsemanship clinic near Edinborough, Scotland. This is the first horsemanship clinic by Dr. Deb in the U.K. in a number of years, and we are hoping to see old friends and new friends alike. Two full days of classroom and hands-on instruction. We will go deeply into helping your horse to maintain inner peace, calm, and focus; 'Birdie' in theory and practice; straightness; collection; and various techniques including collection and lateral work. Instruction is delivered 50% in the classroom (PowerPoint presentations, unique movies, and real skeletal bones), and 50% hands-on from the ground and in the saddle. This is a rare opportunity to study with Dr. Deb 'live'. Questions on any horsemanship subject are welcome. All levels of riding and all breeds are welcome. This is not a colt-starting clinic; please plan on riding your best horse and bringing the knowledge home to your other horses. For more information and to enroll, please EMail Jane Buick at jane.buick@miascape.com.

October 9-11: Horsemanship clinic near Rutland, Massachusetts. Dr. Deb has not done a clinic in New England in quite a few years, so this clinic also represents a rare opportunity to dialogue directly with the teacher. Three days of classroom and hands-on instruction. We will go deeply into helping your horse to maintain inner peace, calm, and focus; Birdie in theory and practice; straightness; collection; conformation study; and various riding techniques including collection and lateral work. Instruction is delivered 50% in the classroom (PowerPoint presentations, unique movies, and real skeletal bones), and 50% hands-on from the ground and in the saddle. Since this is a three day clinic there will be time for more questions and greater development of your relationship with your horse. All levels of riding and all breeds are welcome. This is not a colt-starting clinic; please plan on riding your best horse and bringing the knowledge home to your other horses. For more information and to enroll, please Email Jineen Walker at lolandoaks@verizon.net.

December 1-5: Full-body anatomy at the Institute's California lab. This fun yet intensive class is open to everyone, and a unique opportunity for horse owners, trainers, riders, and breeders to get hands-on direct experience with real horse anatomy. With a practical emphasis throughout, anatomical parts and biomechanical concepts are taught in the context of real-life training, rehab, and therapy situations. All Dr. Deb's anatomy courses are directly applicable to equine dentistry and to a variety of massage and energy modalities. Those enrolled in the Equinology certification program will get full credit. For more information and to enroll, please call (707) 884-9963 or EMail office@equinology.com.

December 7-9: Our sparkling "skeleton assembly workshop". Students spend intensive hands-on for three full days working with bones, in the process of helping Dr. Deb create a mounted skeleton that will actually be used as a classroom teaching aid. The skeleton of the horse is the primary focus, covering all bones, bone and tooth development, and joint pathology and function. Comparative material will also be featured (coyote, dog, bear, armadillo, deer, zebra, raccoon, cougar, etc.), because only through comparison does the student really come to appreciate the uniqueness and marvelous design of the horse. Those enrolled in Equinology certification programs can get credit toward their internships. Please note! This class is held on a subscription basis only! We need at least 10 people to sign up or else the class will not be held. Sign up & tell your friends! For more information and to enroll, please call (707) 884-9963 or EMail office@equinology.com.

EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES TO STUDY WITH DR. DEB IN AUSTRALIA

We are extremely pleased to announce that Dr. Deb has established a long-term working relationship with the TAFE ("junior college") system in Australia. She is now the Instructor in Equine Anatomy for the New England TAFE of New South Wales, and ALL students residing in Australia or New Zealand are encouraged to sign up to study in this location as it will likely save you thousands in travel costs.

Classes are offered for students entering or already practicing in the area of EQUINE BODYWORKER, EQUINE DENTIST, PARA-VETERINARY, VETERINARY NURSING, FARRIER/HOOF-CARE PROFESSIONAL, and GENERAL ZOOLOGY. Please see the individual descriptions below for sign-up instructions. Please note, students WILL be able to co-enroll for credit through Equinology, Inc. and other equine bodyworker, equine dental, and equine para-veterinary programs that are recognized by the New England TAFE. For more information concerning co-enrollment, please Email Dr. Christine McKinnon, DVM: christine.mckinnon@det.nsw.edu.au.

April 6-8, 2010: (Tamworth, Australia): We begin the TAFE series with the “Skeleton Assembly Workshop” class. Students spend intensive hands-on for three full days working with bones, in the process of helping Dr. Deb create a mounted skeleton that will actually be used as a classroom teaching aid. The skeleton of the horse is the primary focus, covering all bones, bone and tooth development, and joint pathology and function. We will also engage in comparative study of other mammal species (including some that are uniquely Australian!) -- for only through comparison does the student really come to appreciate the uniqueness and marvelous design of the horse. This class is not only excellent fun, but provides a solid preparation for the five-day anatomy dissection. For more information and to enroll, please contact Christine McKinnon, DVM: christine.mckinnon@det.nsw.edu.au.

April 10-14: (Tamworth, Australia): 2nd class in the TAFE series this year will be the full-body anatomy dissection, scheduled so as to follow directly on from the skeleton class with just a one-day break. This fun yet intensive class is open to everyone, and a unique opportunity for horse owners, trainers, riders, and breeders to get hands-on direct experience with the internal workings of a real horse’s body. With a practical emphasis throughout, anatomical parts and biomechanical concepts are taught in the context of real-life training, rehab, and therapy situations. All Dr. Deb's anatomy courses are directly applicable to equine dentistry and to a variety of massage and energy modalities. Those enrolled in the Equinology certification program will get full credit. For more information and to enroll, please contact Christine McKinnon, DVM: christine.mckinnon@det.nsw.edu.au. Those who wish to enroll through Equinology should also EMail office@equinology.com.

April 16-18: (Tamworth, Australia): Hear ye, hear ye, all farriers and all hoof care professionals, take note! Here is the opportunity you have asked for. Now you can build on the knowledge you got from dissecting the limb and hoof at farrier school – because Dr. Deb does not teach farriers’ anatomy just from the knee and hock down. Instead, this course offers you the opportunity to see, handle, and actually manipulate entire limbs from the shoulder and hip down. Of course we cover the muscles, bones, joints, and tendons; but you will also learn the mechanisms for forelimb and hind limb reciprocation and check systems. Lectures cover the crucial relationship between stance and hoof growth and wear. The latest research on circulation, nerve function and proprioception, heel vs. toe strike, and wild horse studies will be reviewed and discussed with the whole class participating. Extensive handout materials and free CD data disk provided. We’re looking for the most committed hoof care professionals in Australia and New Zealand to turn out for this class, although interested horse owners are also welcome to attend. For more information and to enroll, please contact Christine McKinnon, DVM: christine.mckinnon@det.nsw.edu.au.

April 19-21: (Tamworth, Australia): This class has been designed in cooperation with practicing equine dentists and is specifically meant to provide the necessary anatomy background for certification as an equine dentist. No matter what dental association or school you work with, you are welcome and encouraged to join this class. Covers muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments of the neck and head; hyoid apparatus, larynx, pharynx, and tongue; and tooth terminology, morphology, and development. Overview of circulatory and nervous systems included. Extensive handout materials provided. The format is lecture + dissection, with open discussion of current topics by all class members. Dr. Deb has long experience teaching this subject matter and this is a great opportunity to experience a premier-quality class. For more information and to enroll, please contact Christine McKinnon, DVM: christine.mckinnon@det.nsw.edu.au.

Later in April - TBA. Once again this year, my Australian sojourn will probably include stops in Canberra and Adelaide to work with longtime horsemanship students. New Zealand will also be on the horizon with at least one horsemanship class, plus our seminar topic for this year will be "Lateral Work for Everybody – Understanding Lateral Work Better". Dates TBA - please stay tuned!

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