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        06-17-2011, 10:56 AM
    Hello from France

    Hi everyone, I am so looking forward to talking to and learning from you all. I was recommended here by Farleyv, whom I know through another animal site we both visit.
    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.
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        06-17-2011, 11:00 AM
    Green Broke
    Howdy from Texas! Glad you're here. Sounds like you have found the 'horse bug' again, hope you reclaim the joy of riding.
        06-17-2011, 12:09 PM
    Green Broke
    Welcome to the forum! I sure hope you learn what ya need to learn!
        06-17-2011, 01:49 PM
    Hi there! Its good to see you here! We can give eachother encouragement!

    This is a real nice place to talk to horse people!
        06-17-2011, 01:58 PM
    Welcome to the forum! I salute you from Quebec, so if you feel like speaking french... lol.
        06-17-2011, 03:07 PM
    Hey there, I'm new too. :)

    Have you looked into comfort attachments for your stirrups? There are several varieties available nowadays to lessen that awful knee and ankle torque.
        06-17-2011, 03:58 PM
    Welcome to the forum and its good you have got back on a horse
        06-17-2011, 04:12 PM
    Howdy from Texas and bonjour from a French teacher I love Normandy, stayed by the village Glos, close to Lisieux one summer for several weeks.
    You will like this forum and learn much here. You write very well in English!
        06-18-2011, 03:00 AM
    Thank you all for your welcome. And for the tips that are already coming. Maybe I should say that in fact I am English by origin, though I have probably lived abroad more than in my country of birth. I have cousins in France and have spent a lot of time here, and since the age of 15 or so I have wanted to live here. So I chose it as my adopted country to retire to, and have not regretted it.

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