This course is aimed at horse owners who have already started trimming their horses and at people who are interested in becoming professionals
The course covers practical hoof trimming, where you will learn to balance a hoof, use a wider range of tools than the rasp and be able to plan hoof care and lifestyle to help horses suffereing from a range of hoof conditions.
You will see hoof dissections, so you clearly understand the mechanics of hoof health. Lesley will also dissect a pathological hoof, so that you can see the kind of changes that infection causes in hoof structure, both in the diseased hoof and the opposing weight bearing leg
You will learn about the major diseases which affect hooves. These are laminitis, "navicular" disease and Equine Metabolic Syndrome. Lesley will explain the causes and diagnoses of these conditions and the best management protocols for prevention and cure
Following on from basic rasping, Lesley will teach when and how to use tools such as nippers, knives and boots. The emphasis will be on hoof balance to improve movement and posture. It will also be to facilitate healing of the hoof and successful transition to barefoot.
You will get lots of opportunity to practice trimming as the course is limited to 6 participants
This will be an interactive course and we encourage you to bring photos and videos of your horses so that you can have one to one consultations with Lesley about your horse.
Morning: Review of hoof anatomy and physiology. Review of basic trimming protocols
Afternoon: Laminitis: Causes, cures and prevention
Evening: Consultation on student horses
Morning: Student practice in live trimming
Afternoon: "Navicular Disease"
Evening: Consultation on Student Horses
Day 3: The Anatomy of the Hoof
Morning: Hoof dissections, showing all structures and explaining the anatomy and physiology of soundness and disease.
Afternoon: Equine Metabolic Syndrome
Evening: Consultation on Student Horses
Day 4 and 5: Trimming and Training
Trimming live horses, including assessment of foot balance, hoof health and soundness in movement. Handling tools, sharpening tools, safe trimming posture. Effective use of rewards and marker signals. Hoof lifting and horse carrying his own weight. Getting used to tools and trimming sensations.
Day 5 Evening: End of Course Dinner
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Arrrival: from 2pm 3rd November
Tuition Days: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 November
Departure: 12pm 9th November
Not Included: Flights, travel costs etc to the Centre (except transfers from Granada Airport and Loja bus station), Compulsory Travel Insurance covering horse-based activities (required).
She qualified with the American Association of Natural Hoof Care Practitioners in 2007. Following her qualification she was asked to be the EU trainer for the Equine Sciences Academy Degree in Natural Hoof Care.
She was also invited onto the UK Government Commit- tee (LANTRA) to define the National Occupational Standards for Hoof Trimmers. This was followed by her participation in a DEFRA (Dept of Agriculture) Consultation Group of Professional Status of Hoof Care Practitioners.
She has studied with many practitioners in many areas of horse care. The list includes Professor Robert Bowker, Pete Ramey, Ivana Ruddock, Stuart and Jane Myers, Katie Watts, Kerry Ridgeway, Alexandra Kurland, Hannah Weston, Shawna Karrasch, Jaak Panksepp, Paige Poss, Pete Laidley, James Shaw and Juliette Getty.
She is a co-operative member of BarefootWorks and has a practice in the North of England.
From Malaga Airport:
ALSA bus company runs buses from Malaga Airport and Malaga Bus Station:
You can buy tickets on line: it’s best to book in advance to be certain of a seat.
- then search for buses from Malaga to Loja.
There is also an ALSA ticket office directly outside Malaga airport arrivals. (Be aware that not all buses leave from and terminate at the airport – there are more frequent buses from the bus station).
We will meet you at Loja by arrangement. Please confirm your arrival time with us.
Our preferred pick up time is 16:00 at Loja and we would ask you to organise your travel accordingly. We can arrange alternative pick up times but - as you may appreciate – courses are busy and staff and transport availability limited.
Similarly, for drop off for your return flight from Malaga, the first bus leaves Loja at 8:40 (arriving Malaga Airport at 10:30) so you will need to arrange your flights to suit. Check ALSA website for all journeys – times subject to change.
Should you wish to travel from Malaga Airport to Malaga Bus Station, there is a regular shuttle bus that leaves from directly outside arrivals (3 euro). Frequency – approx. 15-20mins - leaves from a blue stand (autobus aeropuerto).
Similarly, at Malaga Bus station the airport bus leaves from blue stand at right angles to main bus stands. There is a left luggage facility at Malaga Bus Station.
Transfers from Granada Airport.
Granada is the nearest airport to Cacin and is 40 minutes by car. We can meet your flight.
You should book flights to ensure arrival in Granada between 15:00 and 18:00 on the start date for the course.
We will accommodate alternative pickups by arrangement if this proves difficult.
Both airports have car rental. We can put you in touch with other course participants - with their permission – so you can co-ordinate car hire share if you wish.