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In association with Maia Chaput of Metta Equus , we offer a unique service by combining our trimming services with educational modules. We aim to enable owners to play an active role in participating in the care and understanding of their horses' needs. We want to help our customers identify, understand and prevent precursors to lameness. By providing this information, we hope to empower people to make informed decisions about the care of their horse.

 

Our training courses are given in 3 levels:

 

  • Level 1 is a theoretical introduction to teach you how to recognize the elements that form the basis of a sound, balanced and healthy hoof.

  • Level 2 is theoretical and practical in order to introduce the participant to the steps of evaluating and trimming a hoof. Each participant will complete the trimming of a hoof.

  • Level 3 is an introduction to the steps required to assess and trim a live horse. The goal of this training is to ensure that participants trim in a safe manner and are able to translate the trimming theory to a live horse.

 

Please note that you will not have developed all the competencies to fully assume the trimming of your horse following its basic training. Professional follow-up of your trims is important until the necessary skills are obtained.

 

You can see if there are upcoming clinics in your area or become a host by organizing a clinic in your area.

 

 

 Level 1: Recognizing and developing healthy hooves

 

The objective of this course is to teach you to recognize the elements that form the basis of a sound, healthy and well-balanced hoof. You will learn strategies to encourage the development of a strong hoof thus reducing the risk of lameness and improving existing chronic conditions.

 

Course outline:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the hoof

  • Recognizing proper biomechanics

  • Navicular and caudal pain issues

  • Digestive system, nutrition and its effect on hooves

  • Laminitis and founder

  • Techniques for assessing hoof health and balance

  • Strategies for hoof protection and development of internal structures 

  • Thrush and white line disease

  • Trimming demonstration on cadaver hoof

 

Duration: 7 hours

 

Cost :  90 $ per person

  • Minimum of 6 participants.

  • If applicable, a travel fee of 0.75$/km (one way) from Rigaud divided equally among all participants

  • Applicable taxes will be added

 

This clinic is part 1 of a 3 part series on the introduction to trimming. Organize a clinic near you

 

Level 2:  Initiation to trimming

 

This clinic is both a theoretical and hands-on introduction to the steps required to assess and trim a hoof. Each participant will complete the trimming of one hoof.

 

Level 1 is a pre-requisite to completing the Level 2 course

 

Course outline:

  • Review of hoof health assessment techniques

  • Tool handling

  • Specific trimming techniques

  • Trimming demo by the instructor

  • Assessment and comparison of hooves to trim

  • Security and positioning during trimming (video presentation)

  • Evaluation, mapping, and trimming of one hoof per student

 

Tools needed for the clinic:

Trimmer’s apron, chaps or old towel, well-adjusted gloves, knife, rasp, hoof pick, permanent marker, ruler (15 cm +), chair. Tool selection is a very personal thing, but remember that good quality tools will make your life easier. We can make the following suggestions :

 

Rasps

Heller Legend or Save Edge are good choices. If you plan on trimming horses after the clinic, a handle is indispensable to protect your horse. Choose the shortest handle possible.

 

Knife

It’s important to note that they come right or left handed. Plan on spending 25$ or more for acceptable quality. During the clinic, we will have on hand a few different models for you to experiment with.

 

You can obtain tools at some tack shops or you can mail order them through the following farrier supply stores:

 

Maréchalerie Bromont, Sellerie Lemay, or Brubacher’s Harness Supplies

 

The practical part is completed using a cadaver hoof. They are excellent teaching models as they are a safe way to learn tool handling without the dangers of being under a live horse. Students are also less nervous about making mistakes. All cadaver hooves are from horses that died of natural causes or were humanely euthanized. They do not come from slaughter.

 

Please note that you will not have developed all the competencies to complete the trimming of your horse’s hooves. Until you acquire all the necessary skills, it is crucial to be closely monitored by a hoof care professional.

 

Duration:   6 hours

Cost:         125$ per person

  • Travel fee at 0.75$/km (one way) from Rigaud divided equally among all participants

  • Applicable taxes will be added

 

This clinic is part 2 of a 3 part series on the introduction to trimming. Organize a clinic near you. Send us a request for more details at mettaequus.com

 

Level 3:  Initiation to live horse trimming

 

This clinic is a practical introduction to the steps required to assess and trim a live horse. The goal of this training is to ensure that students trim in a safe manner and are able to transfer the trimming theory to a live horse. This training can be accomplished in two ways:

  • Private coaching with one student and one instructor

  • Group coaching where students both observe and trim

 

Level 1 and 2 are a pre-requisite to completing this course

 

Course outline:

  • Assessing hooves and horse in motion before trimming

  • Establishing trimming goals for each hoof

  • Reviewing correct safety measures and trimming positions

  • Reviewing of hoof mapping and tool handling

  • Completing the trim of 2 hooves if possible (front and back)

  • Post-trim evaluation

 

Tools needed for the clinic:

Trimmer’s apron, well-adjusted gloves, knife, rasp, hoof pick, permanent marker, ruler (15 cm +). Students may use the instructor’s hoof stand.

 

Logistics:

We have found that first-time trimmers are understandably slower, and sometimes quite exhausted if trimming 4 hooves at their first attempt. The horse can become impatient creating a difficult environment for learning. From experience, we find the best approach is to have the instructor demonstrate and complete the hoof assessment, mapping and trimming of a front hoof and back hoof while alternating with the student. This allows us to teach correct trimming methods for both front and hind hooves while avoiding the downfalls of having a cranky horse and exhausted student.

 

Please note that you will not have developed all the competencies to complete the trimming of your horse’s hooves. Until you acquire all the necessary skills, it is crucial to be closely monitored by a hoofcare professional.

 

Private coaching:

Trim your own horse with one on one guidance from an instructor

Duration:   Most students complete their first trims (including full horse assessment) in about 2 hours but time varies based on each student’s abilities.

Cost:  75$ per hour. Travel fee at 0.75$/km (one way) from Rigaud. Applicable taxes will be added.

 

Group Coaching:

Students will observe a horse assessment trim demo by the instructor as a group. Each student then receives a 45-minute time slot of one on one private coaching. All students in the group will have the added benefit of observing each other’s trims.

Cost: 115$ per student. Minimum of 4 students. Travel fee at 0.75$/km (one way) from Rigaud divided equally among all participants. Applicable taxes will be added.