Equine Soundness East

When: Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22, 2012
Where: Equine Soundness East
Hopkins, SC (outside Columbia, SC)
For Whom: Anyone Interested in Holistic Hoof Care

This is a reminder that in two short weeks we will have a continuing education event here in South Carolina. Please consider joining us for this weekend packed with information. It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be educational and memorable.

We will be talking about the difference between a first trim and consecutive trims, when can you rehabilitate a hoof and at what time is the hoof to pathological to return to full functionality. With other words, when do you trim just to keep the horse comfortable.

We show you postural changes after trimming and will be discussing what to do when nothing changes. We have a whole presentation about trimming foal hooves, an anatomy lecture to clarify some important points of the hoof anatomy, and we will be talking about medio-lateral balance, when you can make changes and when you can’t.

We will show you an exciting way to determine how to detox horses on an individual basis, and talk about the latest findings in nutrition science. How to feed your horse and where to put your emphasis, so your horse can become healthier and his body can start to repair itself.

For the hoof care practitioner we will have a lecture about business considerations, because even though we love our job, we still have to make a living and be sensible about the future. And finally we will present you with a view about the connection between the horse’s teeth and his hooves.

This is rounding out the presentations. Beside the theory, we will have at Horrell Hill Equine Wellness Center three trim sessions. If you are not trimming yourself, it still will be very educational to see experienced trimmers at work. We will explain to those of you who do not want to trim, exactly what is done. We will let you trim a few challenging feet and help you making modifications to achieve optimum results with certain problems, especially those of underrun heels, contracted heels, wry feet, navicular syndrome and founder.

Here is what participants said in the past:

This was extremely informative and key to whole horse care philosophy. The bone specimens of the young horses were most helpful and underscore the imperative for understanding anatomy and physiology. This [mouth-hoof connection] section deserved its overtime. To me [the healing through nutrition lecture] was one of the most important lectures because it touches on all aspects of what the domesticated horse faces at the hands of humans. It is an opportunity to exploit the affinity between horses and humans, which may give people a more compassionate outlook for the way horses are treated.

So many details of horse keeping and use are focused on the convenience and pleasure of the human, often at the expense of the horse. In fact, society has organized things in such a way that it is difficult to even try to rectify some of these details back to the horse’s favor.

Trim considerations – Excellent presentation. This was another provocative lecture that certainly got my mind working. I will be bringing these considerations to my trimming.

Contracted Hooves – Eye opening! This lecture/discussion answered so many questions for me.

Practical Trimming – For me the most helpful information in practical trimming, second only to tips of recognizing pathologies. Being able to practice on cadaver feet with so much help one-on-one really etched into my mind what my trimming should look like.

There is still time to sign up. Come and join us! Equine Soundness East http://www.equinesoundness.com/CEApril2012.htm

Guess post by: Claudia Garner  of Equine Soundness

Claudia Garner
hhdressage @ sc.rr.com