First and foremost, I want to remind everyone, particularly my European readers, that the registration deadline for the Insights from World Leaders in Hoof and Horse Care conference and natural hoof care training workshop is upon us. I would encourage every horse owner to consider joining us next month in Barcelona, Spain for this important and highly-informative event. It’s not often we make an appearance in Europe, so this opportunity may not be available again for quite some time. But you’ve got to sign up now!
I’m also pleased to announce that I’ll once again be offering my one-day Understanding Natural Hoof Care lecture/workshop Saturday, May 25th on the Ohio State University ATI campus in Wooster, OH. I probably should consider changing the name of this clinic, because it sounds as if it’s only about so-called “natural” hoof care when, in reality, it’s about every type of hoof care. So while I haven’t really stressed this in the past, I firmly believe the lecture-only option for this workshop is immensely useful to every single horse owner who has anything more than just a passing interest in the long-term comfort and soundness of his/her horse, regardless of personal hoof care philosophy, because it explores the why of hoof care and emphasizes what can and cannot be accomplished through trimming and shoeing. As such, it gives the horse owner a much more in-depth look at the key aspects of hoof care philosophy and practice than can possibly be conveyed during trim appointments or through casual reading. I like to think it provides an unparalleled wealth of hoof information in an easily-understood format over the course of 5 hours, and is a real bargain at only $75 including all materials plus lunch! So grab your riding friends and come join us for an entertaining and educational look at arguably the most important part of your horse’s anatomy.
For those interested in an even more intimate hoof experience, the full-day workshop continues for another 3 or so hours with step-by-step trimming instruction using cadaver hooves to provide a safe learning environment for horse owners who want to learn more about what it’s like to actually trim a hoof.
An important consideration is that once you’ve attended one of my lecture/clinics, you’re welcome to attend any future offerings of the same workshop (regardless of the location) for no additional charge except materials – a real bonus in terms of keeping up with current information. I have several participants who’ve attended multiple times, and I expect I’ll continue to see them because I’m always adding new content!
I hope to see you all there. But sign up soon, because space is limited. Here’s a description…
Understanding Natural Hoof Care
Given the overwhelming amount of information available to today’s horse owner, making well-informed decisions about hoof care can be a daunting undertaking for those interested in both short-term performance and long-term soundness. When facing abnormal conditions such as laminitis or navicular disease, the challenges are even greater, and the horse owner can suddenly find himself/herself at the mercy of conflicting advice from well-meaning veterinarians, farriers, and other horse owners.
Through the use of large-screen video and other visual aids, this lecture/clinic presents anatomy, biomechanics, and hoof care theory in a comprehensible and logical format that will equip the horse owner with the information necessary to make informed decisions based on fact, not supposition. For those desiring a more intimate look at the actual trim experience in anticipation of further education, or just wanting to “get their hands dirty,” the clinic continues with a description of tools & tool use, the step-by-step process of natural hoof trimming, and hands-on guided instruction through the natural trim process using cadaver hooves.
Date: Saturday, May 25th, 2013
Time: 9AM – 5PM (lecture portion ’til 2PM)
Location: OSU Agricultural Technical Institute, Wooster, OH
FAQ Sheet: Click Here
Cost: $300 (materials & lunch incl., cadaver hooves extra) $75 lecture only (materials & lunch incl.)
Register: Click Here
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