I'm really hoping this is the proper place for a breif introduction.
Thought I would post a little introduction, I have been a member of another horse forum for the last 8 years but in the last while the new members have become quite rude and disrepectful - so I am hoping to make some new friends and offer solid advice where I can.
I'm from Ontario, Canada. I work as a veterinary technologist in a small animal clinic. I am working very hard to obtain a registered status with the province. I have been riding for at least 10 years now, doing everything from jumpers, dressage, western pleasure and trail rididing. I spent about 7 years working under a local trainer who uses a philosophy developed by the great horseman Ray Hunt. I have an interest in going "back to school" and taking a course to become a certified barefoot trimmer. There is a long story behind that, but that and rehabilitation have become a passion of mine.
I do have a few critters of my own. I have 3 hamsters (2 dwarf, 1 syrian), and my 11 year old Quarter Horse gelding Riley. He's the chestnut in my profile photo. I bought that horse as a 6 year old green broke and he was to be just a project horse - he was rude - trained him and bonded. We're inseperatable and only 4 people can ride him. He and I have been through it all - navicular problems, laminitis, stifle injuries, tendon injuries. He is the reason I am a technologist with a interest in rehabilitation and natural hoof trimming. I couldn't imagine a life without him.
I hope to meet some new people, exchange some helpful information