Prerequisite:

Previous attendance at either a Barefoot Blacksmith standard workshop or one of our affiliated trainers’ standard workshops (no exceptions!)

This 2 day workshop aims to:

Refresh and consolidate basic maintenance trimming and take your hoof management knowledge,
observation and practical skills to a higher level. We aim to help solve any problems you may be having;
either with your horse handling/tool skills/trimming or your horse’s progression as a barefoot mount. We
will also update you with recent developments in the continuing evolution of equine hoof care.

Content: (spread over 2 full days)

There will be a mix of theory, demonstrations and supervised trimming over two full days, including:

  • recognition of normal hooves
  • variations of normal
  • recognising and managing imbalance and hoof deformity
  • functional hoof science update
  • good hoof versus bad hoof (observations and palpations)- managing common pathologies such as navicular, ringbone, side bone, laminitis
  • variation between breeds and equestrian disciplines
  • biomechanical pathways between hoof and body
  • the effects of shoes
  • tool selection and maintenance
  • workplace ergonomics; making a hard job easier
  • hoof protection update, including: boots, pads, tips, polyurethane shoes
  • slow motion footage of horses in motion
  • class discussion about any problems you maybe encountering with your horses
Who is the clinic for?

People who have previously attended a Barefoot Blacksmith trimming workshop (or one of our affiliated
trainers’ workshops) and are wanting to progress further with their knowledge and trimming skills.