In our clinics students will be exposed to the following topics. We also offer apprenticeship’s which are longer term. Please call if interested in apprenticeship.
We’ll begin with an in-depth study of the physiology of the limbs and how it relates to proper trimming and consequently balance in all horse breeds. You will learn to recognize, name, and describe all the parts of the horse’s lower leg and foot.
- basic equine anatomy
- bones and joints
- ligaments and tendons
- elastic, sensitive, and hoof structures
- dissection of distal limb
Conformation and Movement
The size of bones and muscles varies by breed. You will learn to recognize, describe, and explain correct conformation. With this knowledge, you will also be able to assist in the correction of faults and improve conformation with your trimming.
- judging correct conformation
- bone structure and posture
- movement and gait
- attitude, aptitude, and use
- hoof balance
- changing conformation
- the effects of aging
The horse’s environment , diet, and use have direct bearing on the condition of the horse’s feet. By understanding the way various conditions affect the hoof we can plan our trimming accordingly.
- natural range, habitat, and diet
- diet in confinement
- moisture and the hoof
- terrain and road features
Getting ready to trim
Proper body dynamics are critical to reducing fatigue and injury in the horse. You’ll learn how to move around the horse safely while working efficiently and skillfully. You will create and follow a mental checklist to make the most efficient use of your time.
- body dynamics and posture
- foot lifting and holding techniques
- hoof jack use
- tool techniques
- pre-trim movement assessment
- client interaction
In addition to trimming for regular maintenance, you’ll learn how to assist in the care of pathological problems.
- six week trim for healthy feet
- pulling shoes
- common pathological problems and their treatments
- trimming using a disk grinder
- methods for corrective and rehabilitative trimming
- trimming gaited horses
- transitioning to barefoot
- hoof boots: types; brands and fitting
Horses are incredibly sensitive and, at the same time, very strong animals. By understanding the mind of the horse we can communicate our intent and create a safe place for both ourselves and the horse.
- horse psychology
- basic horse handling
- horse behavior and instinct
- the importance of intent
- safety around dangerous horses
Holistic Equine Care
Understanding the basics of naturopathic and other alternative methods of equine health care will enhance your ability to serve your clients, especially when working directly with the horse’s veterinarian.
- body work
- yoga and massage
Trimming as a Small Business
Creating a small business might seem daunting but we’ll provide you with the tools to get started.
- writing a business plan
- business strategy and marketing
- small business basics
- record keeping and taxes
- customer relations
Special Guests and Lecturers
We’ll be paid visits by some of the areas experts on a variety of equine subjects.
- natural hoof care
- body and energy work
- horsemanship and riding
- trimming large draft horses
- variation in trimming models
Horse Rescue Externship
Sadly many horses require serious intervention due to neglect and excessive breeding. We volunteer directly for the area’s foremost equine rescue facilities to provide hoof care services.
- first hand experience with pathological problems
- opportunity to trim a wide range of horse breeds
- a great way to help horses
- practice removing shoes