Trimmer Classroom



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Course Outline

Parts of the horse:  An overview of the terminology of the parts of the horse as seen from the outside.


Parts of the foot:  Overview of the parts of the foot and looking at many feet to discern where the parts are in a myriad of shapes. 


Looking at the differences between hind and front feet and how to discern the messages within shape variables.


Functions of the hoof

  • blood supply and hemodynamics
  • the arch and flexible wall
  • frog, digital cushion, bulbs, lateral cartilage
  • traction
  • the differences in front and hind shape and performance


Inside the hoof

  • basic anatomy of the hoof and all the terminology you may encounter
  • how to FEEL the inside from discerning from the outside.
  • how to SEE the inside from the outside


How the hoof grows

  • function of laminae and corium
  • direction of growth
  • differences in young and mature horses



  • what are they really for?
  • where they are supposed to be
  • seeing where they are and discerning health or weakness and every where in between


Natural Lifestyle: what it is and what it isn't.   


Abscesses:  What to do and what not to do.


Contraction  Why does it happen and what can you do about it?


Thrush:  What it is and what it isn't. How to treat from the topical to internal.


First aid,  and natural effective wound care.   How to discern when you need veterinarian intervention.


Basic Vital health and wellness parameters

  • How to take and track vital signs
  • Normal temperature of hooves, digital pulse
  • How to discern mental health 


Posture and movement

  • health vs unthrifty horse
  • pain postures and how to discern normal from pain
  • conformation vs adoptive compensatory stance



  • how to pick up, hold and prepare the foot for trimming
  • best postures for protecting your body
  • using and choosing of the various hoof stands
  • use and hold of tools
  • basic trimming techniques
  • common errors and how to avoid them





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