Metta Equus

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Foundations of Soundness

  • Course level: All Levels

About Course

Learn about the foundations of soundness that lead to a healthy hoof.

Description

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, reducing the risk of lameness and improving existing chronic conditions. This course will help you understand basic equine biomechanics, and teach you to recognize the difference between correct and incorrect locomotion. It is also an essential starting point for anyone interested in learning to trim. 

What Will I Learn?

  • Train your eye with 3d visual models, real case studies and videos
  • Recognize the difference between healthy and unhealthy hooves
  • Learn how to identify and encourage correct biomechanics
  • Identify common pathologies of the hoof and learn how to manage and prevent them
  • Understand how to prioritize trimming decisions based the health and comfort level of your horse

Topics for this course

18 Lessons10h

Recognizing and developing healthy hooves?

Learn 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.
Anatomy and physiology of the hoof34:46
What comprises a healthy hoof?12:38
Recognizing proper biomechanics33:18
(biomechanics cont’d) Medio-lateral balance. Static vs dynamic12:57
Navicular and caudal pain issues45:30
Understanding sole depth00:00:00
Digestive system, nutrition and its effect on hooves00:00:00
Laminitis and founder00:00:00
Strategies for hoof protection and development of internal structures00:00:00
Thrush, white line disease, abscesses, keratomas, canker00:00:00
movement and posture assessment exercises00:00:00
Trimming demonstration videos00:00:00

Introduction to live trimming?

The basics.

Trimming theory?

A hands-on experience.
$90.00

Material Includes

  • Study sheets
  • High-end visuals including 3D models and animation
  • Videos
  • Links to scientific articles and other excellent hoof care resources

Requirements

  • No previous knowledge of hoof care is required.

Target Audience

  • This course is for anyone who would like to gain a solid foundational knowledge of hoof care, whether you wish to trim your own horse, or simply play a more active role in your horses health. It is also a valuable resource for bodyworkers and trainers interested in a whole horse approach to their modalities.