Equine Health Courses

At Prime Equine, our mission is to provide a platform of experiential learning to teams, organizations, and our youth; creating space for personal growth, self discovery, and connectivity- through the wisdom gained from horses.Our courses are currently offered a la carte - please contact us for booking.

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Equine Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology Taping has a wide variety of uses, from injury prevention, recovery, proprioception to enenergy/meridian flow. Taping works by lifting the dermal layers of the skin, which assists in bringing blood flow to the taped area, which decreases swelling and edema, and therefore pain as well.   As a preventative measure taping can assist in preventing injury by offering support during competition and workouts, as well as can assist from post-injury recovery support.

Taping is offered on-ranch, $25 for regular tapings and $35 for meridian tapings.

Equine Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a bodywork technique that addresses the craniosacral rhythm which is found in all animals.  This rhythm is similar to the animal's heartbeat, but is a result of the pumping of Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) rather than blood through the heart.

Animals who receive regular bodywork (massage and chiropractic) who have pattern of re-occuring issues (won't hold an adjustment, end up tight in the same areas shortly following a massage) can benefit from a combination of craniosacral therapy and other forms of bodywork. The craniosacral therapy will allow the animal to "unwind" the kinks and twists in their fascia that is caused from repeated stresses allowing their bodies to stay in alignment following a chiropractic adjustment or allowing the muscles and other soft tissues to remain less restricted longer following a massage.

Horses with tightness of the poll, TMJ, hyoid experience incredible releases from craniosacral therapy.

Craniosacral Therapy is offered on-ranch, $30 per session.

Hansbo Sport ICM Therapy Wear - Rental Program

The Hansbo Sport ICM series combines two revolutionary therapies, Ceramic and Magnetic – which are typically found separately – into one dynamic product.

This innovative, dual action healing technology targets vulnerable areas of the horse – before, during and after hard work. With a focus on prevention and rehabilitation, our latest product line is also designed for optimal fit, function and style.

Hansbo Sport ICM wraps, rugs, boots, saddle pads and harnesses work by generating their own FIR radiation, giving the horse a greater feeling of well being, helping to prevent injuries, and increase the speed of healing.

Have you heard about Hansbo, but want to try before you buy? No problem!

Headed to a competition for the weekend and need an item you don't yet have? We've got it in stock.  

Did your horse act like a horse and has a little bump or bruise and you just need some therapy for a short time? We've got you covered.

Weekly rentals available:

Leg Wear: $20 a week

Rugs and Blankets: $40 a week

If you decide to buy, the rental fees will be applied to the purchase price.

Email us primeequinehealth@gmail.com to arrange pick up.  

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Introduction to Equine Nutrition

The equine feed and supplement business is a billion dollar industry. With new products coming on the market seemingly daily – it can be hard to keep up, if not become totally overwhelmed.

This seminar is about empowering YOU as a horse owner, in a safe space to learn and voice questions, understand ingredient lists and GA’s, to begin to gain knowledge in equine nutrition to make the best decisions for you, your horse and your budget.

This is a non-partisan event! We are representing no feed or supplement labels, so there is no ulterior motive to drive a particular product. What YOU want to know is our main agenda! Send us your preferred brands, feed labels and ingredients before the seminar and we will break them down with you as a group on this evening.

We will also talk about:
Understanding basic needs of equines
o Pasture pets, recreational riders, performance horses
o Hay analysis – how this could help your decision making
o How to break down a cost benefit analysis on a feed’s nutritional benefits vs cost per day
o How to reduce costs by understanding ingredients and mix your own feed

Demystifying Supplement Options
o Flax, fish, camelina, hemp, canola, corn - Oils and Omega’s are one of the hottest topics of the past few years! What are they, why do we feed them, understand their properties to gain knowledge to make your own decision on if your horse needs supplementation, and gain insight on how to choose the best option for you.
o Ulcers! Did you know 80% of performance horses and 50% of pasture horses have ulcers? How would you know if your horse is affected? We will show you some tips on recognizing ulcer pain, as well as talk about ulcer supplementation.
o Respiratory Support – A new study has come out indicating 80% of horses on a hay based diet suffer some form of respiratory inflammation or distress. Does your horse? We will review some early signs and symptoms, as well as talk about supplement ingredients available for respiratory health.
o No Hoof No Horse! So, if your horse is sound (right now), and their feet don’t crack – are they healthy? We will do a mini session on “reading feet” as well as talk about supplementation for hoof health, it’s not as complex as it may sound!
o And finally – joint health! How does the body support, absorb and utilize joint supplementation? Understanding your horse’s history, current and projected use can give you a great start on understanding if and what you may want to think about when it comes to supporting their joints, and we will go over the most popular joint supplement ingredients and their effects.

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Trail and Wilderness Planning and Prevention

This one hour seminar (virtual or in person) talks about: 

  • The 80/20 Rule

    • 80% of first aid is the prevention of first aid

 

  • Understanding Your Role In an Emergency         

    • What is your emergency reaction personality

 

  • What’s in Your First Aid Kit

    • What belongs in your trailer

    • What belongs in your saddle bags

    • What belongs on you at all times

 

  • Travel Plan. 

    • The details someone you are not traveling with needs to know

 

  • Ride Plan

    • Assessing horse and rider fitness

 

  • Evacuation plans

    • What are your plans B, C, D.

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Hoof Care for Horse Owners

Your horse counts on you to advocate for him! Do you know what a healthy hoof looks like? Do you know how to have a fact-based conversation with your trimmer? Does something seem off but you're just not sure what?

Whether you want to learn to trim yourself one day, identify red flags, or be better able to advocate for a change in the way your horse is trimmed - this course is for you!

This four-module course can be offered in-person, online, and soon to be on-demand!

 

Module 1 - Analyzing Hoof Anatomy
- What are the structures of the foot, what role do they play in soundness.
- Micro-tips I have found over the years that are pinnacle to the overall structure of a healthy hoof.
- Common ailments and their impacts on the horse's body
- Identifying and assessing a hoof (flares, contracted heels, frog atrophy, digital cushion, negative plantar angles, underrun heels and more).
- Confirmation vs posture​

Module 2 - To Shoe or Not to Shoe
- Common problems with shoes and their root causes
- Shoe fit, perimiter vs structure, sizing and more
- Requirements for successful shoeing
- Transitioning out of shoes
- Barefoot trims vs shoe-prep trims - the difference.
- Tracking progress in trims and shoe cycles

Module 3 - The Importance of Diagnostics
- Types of diagnosics
- Tracking progress
- How to take proper photos for tracking
- Marking up photos to analyze change
- Radiographs, their importance, and tricks to ensure you receive quality images

Module 4 - The Responsibility of Horse Owners in Hoof Care
- Littlebit's story - the horse that got me into hoof care
- The role of nutrition in hoof care
- Creating the ideal hoof habitat
- Tools of the trade
- How you can learn to trim too - if you want to!