Hoof Care For Horse Owners
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About the event
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!
Join us on Sunday October 3 for the theory portion of Hoof Care For Horse Owners. If you would like to bring your own horse for analysis and a trimming lesson after the theory, please contact me directly.
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, perimeter 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 diagnostics
- 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!
About the Instructor:
Adelle Stewart has been trimming horses for 5 years. She has a unique story about being forced to take hoof care into her own hands when her good saddle horse came up lame. With no obvious diagnostic as to why (after xrays, ultrasounds, MRI, etc) Adelle began to dig deeper and thought her mare's feet looked "weird." Despite being told they were "fine" - Adelle began to learn to trim herself by watching online videos, paying for a professional trimmer in Pennsylvania mark up hoof photos and track her progress. Adelle attended a symposium in 2018 at the WCVM with Dr. Robert Bowker, who advocated for everything Adelle had been taught so far. She knew she was on the right path at that point (combined with the fact she had rehabbed her own horse with her trimming). She began sharing her knowledge of hoof care with her customers and audience at Prime Equine. One rehabbed horse became 2, 3, 4 and more horses of her own herd whose feet got healthier, and horses sounder. Adelle does not take outside customers although has rehabbed several outside horses on special exemption. Her passion is for helping the average horse owner become excpetional, and understand as much about their horse as they can.
Hoof Care For Horse Owners has been professionally reviewed by a farrier from Alberta, Canada.