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Foundations of Soundness

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About Course

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 You 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

Course Curriculum

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 hoof
    34:46
  • What comprises a healthy hoof?
    12:38
  • Recognizing proper biomechanics
    33:18
  • (biomechanics cont’d) Medio-lateral balance. Static vs dynamic
    12:57
  • Navicular and caudal pain issues
    45:30
  • Understanding sole depth
    00:00:00
  • Digestive system, nutrition and its effect on hooves
    00:00:00
  • Laminitis and founder
    00:00:00
  • Strategies for hoof protection and development of internal structures
    00:00:00
  • Thrush, white line disease, abscesses, keratomas, canker
    00:00:00
  • movement and posture assessment exercises
    00:00:00
  • Trimming demonstration videos
    00:00:00

Introduction to live trimming
The basics.

  • Horse handling and work area safety
    00:00:00
  • Introduction to the tools
    00:00:00
  • Tool handling
    00:00:00
  • Ergonomics and safety under the horse
    00:00:00

Trimming theory
A hands-on experience.

  • Prioritizing the trim based on the health of load bearing structures
    00:00:00
  • Review of Assessment techniques, 2D mapping pros and cons
    00:00:00