I live in Normandy, in northern France, with my three Shetland ponies, 8 cats, a dog and a goat, all of which keep me pretty busy. I rode all my life (mostly English style) until 8 years ago, when health problems forced me to stop. Last year I had a knee replacement and I hoped that might help. Now I have just found a Western style trainer who has taken me on and swears he can get me back into the saddle. Well, I had my first session with him this week, and it was wonderful to be up on a horse again after so long. I am going to take things gently and go back to first principles since I have not ridden Western for 23 years, and I have much to learn and relearn. So I shall be reading everything you guys write and I am sure I shall have lots of questions over the coming months. It is so exciting.