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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:52 pm 

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Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Hello everyone! I fell upon this forum and have been intrigued by all the knowledge and experience that I have read so far!

I am really new to dressage - like really new - as I am a western rider but I decided for a "change of scenery" so to say and have been really enjoying it so far.

As the name states, I am a "HorseHippie" so to speak as I am all about the natural environment and awareness of the horse. I am barefoot and bitless and proud of it.

So, here is my story. I have 3 horses - 11 y/o QH gelding named Stetson, 7 y/o ArabX gelding named Biscuit and an 1 1/2 y/o APHA gelding named Buster. And I can't forget about the mini donkeys, Pedro and Tequila Lopez. They are quite the couple. My husband, daughter and I live on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada and we have a grain and cattle operation. I also work full time in the city! Always busy!

I bought Stetson 2 years ago and he is my ultimate teacher. The first summer I had him, he had poor feet (or what I thought at the time), so being as conventional as I was, I put the shoes on him. Stetson started getting worse and started showing lameness issues. Then the farrier dropped off the face of the earth. So, I called one of the ladies of the riding club I am part of just to get some names of other farriers and she gave me the name of her barefoot trimmer. At the time, I had no idea about the barefoot movement, Jamie Jackson, Pete Ramey, Strasser, etc. as I was more concered about getting a farrier to pull shoes more than anything!

My trimmer came out, pulled the shoes and told me more about hooves in an hour than I knew in a lifetime! Stetson is now happy and sound and I vowed I would always try my best to listen what my horses are trying to tell me and that lead me to more research to the health of my horses and their well being!

As it happens my trimmer is also a trainer so she has been quite the mentor to me and she is the one that got me going in Dressage and Natural Horsekeeping.

It is nice to meet everyone and I am really looking forward to learning from everyone. I hope that every now and again I will be able to give advice too!

I will post pictures of everyone once I get them all organized!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:30 pm 
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Welcome!

You come from the same county as Chris Irwin! :)

Enjoy your stay here!

Warm regards from Belgium,

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:04 pm 
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Welcome!! :)

Very nice to have you here - looking forward to reading more about you! :)

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:27 pm 
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Hi HorseHippie,

Welcome. I look forward to those pictures when you get time to show them to us.

Best wishes, Donald

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:37 pm 

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Okay, I finally got the pictures organized...somewhat...please forgive me as I am not a photographer but I try...

This is my grade QH, Stetson - poor bugger had to deal with me plopped right in the center of his back while I took my little girl for a ride - he is so forgiving....

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But he must still love us because he wanted a turn on the swing...

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And this is my ArabX - Biscuit

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And this is my registered Paint - Buster

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And we can't forget the donkeys - Pedro and Tequila!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:57 pm 
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I'm a bit late saying hello. I'm Karen, and I'm in Alberta (near Edmonton).

What's your name (are you ok about sharing that?).

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:58 pm 
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Oh.... :funny: :funny: and WELCOME of course!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:53 pm 

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Thanks Karen...I sent you a PM!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:23 pm 

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Hello HorseHippie and (yet another) welcome from Belgium!

I particularly like your Buster, he has such beautiful colour!
And the donkeys are funny, looks like they almost got into the house :funny:

I look forward to seeing more of you all !

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:41 am 

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I like the photo's. I think Stetson has such nice condition over his back he will of course forgive you for allowing your daughter to ride with you. Biscuit is super as well. Being a baby, Buster will make so many changes, he looks cute though. And Pedro and Tequila are gorgeous.
Welcome :f:
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