METTA EQUUS

 

EDUCATION

THE FOUNDATION OF SOUNDNESS

WORKSHOP SERIES

Metta Equus strives to provide unique service by complementing our daily hands-on hoof care services with learning modules for our clients to fully understand the methodology behind our practice. We aim to increase their understanding and awareness of their horses needs, thereby empowering them to participate in raising the standard of care and quality of life of their horses through a preventive, whole picture perspective.

We aim to ‘paint the bigger picture’ – ultimately helping our clients identify, understand and prevent precursors to lameness. By providing these resources we hope to empower people to make educated and informed decisions about the care of their horse, and which care providers they choose.

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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
  • Hoof mapping and medio-lateral 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.
  • Travel fee at 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! Send us a request for more details.


LEVEL 2 – INITIATION TO TRIMMING

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

  • Review of hoof mapping
  • Tool handling
  • Specific trimming techniques
  • Trimming demo by 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
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 humanly 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


LEVEL 3 – INITIATIN TO LIVE HORSE TRIMMING

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

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

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 hoof care 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
Duration: 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.