6 Day Barefoot Trimming Course
Course Cost is $2000 plus applicable taxes
The 6 day barefoot hoof trimming course is really a learning vacation for the horse lover, we spend our days trimming and the evenings talking about horses and our various adventures and if the situation is right we even try to sneak out for an evening ride. Camp onsite for an all inclusive experience with meals provided or book a nearby hotel for a more relaxing getaway.
2020 Course Dates:
2021 Course Dates:
April 12 - 17
June 14 - 19
August 9 - 14
October 4 - 9
This comprehensive course will give you the skills needed to confidently assess and evaluate a horse's hoof care needs and trim to achieve natural hoof mechanics and function based on each horse's individual conformation and hoof shape. This course is ideal for someone interested in trimming their own horses and is a stepping point for those interested in trimming as a professional. This course includes follow-up telephone and email consultations and advice, and any student of this program may attend another 6 Day Trimming Course free of charge provided space is available at the time of the course. We also have a public Facebook group for students to share pictures, ask for advice and get help.
Included in your tuition is the prerequisite course to this one, our Online Hoof Theory Course. We start in the classroom on Day 1, with a group discussion and review of the online course content. In the afternoon we will trim and dissect cadaver hooves to further explore the inner workings of the hoof. The remainder of the week we will do as much hands on guided trimming as we can do. This will vary student to student depending on experience level, but everyone will get to trim and see a variety of hooves, with one on one guidance and instruction. By the end of the week you will have a thorough understanding of the inner workings of the hoof, and how to trim to maximize function, health and comfort.
You can choose to pay a $500 deposit only to secure your space in the course, or you can pay the full course tuition up front. If you choose to pay the deposit only your remaining course balance will be due on your course start date.
Remember to book early as courses are limited to a maximum of 6 students and spaces fill up quickly. Click the register now button to see the availability of each course date.
This course is suitable for anyone, whether you have any previous trimming experience or not. Class sizes are kept small and students are grouped into pairs according to experience level. This makes it easy to allow more experienced students to learn more advanced techniques and beginner students to take their time and learn the foundations of trimming. We will see a variety of horses throughout this course, we have 8 resident school horses, various boarded horses, and a variety of local locations with herds that are available for us to trim. Students can also bring their own horses to trim if we have paddock space available.
Tools will be provided for the in class trimming, and you will receive a tool bag to get you started. The tool bag includes: a rasp, rasp handle, gloves, measuring devices, hoof knives, tool bag, hoof pick and a knife sharpener. Items not included but suggested for purchase are hoof nippers, a hoof stand and chaps. These items are available for purchase at the school and we recommend waiting until you are here so that you can try them out before you buy them to find suitable sizes/styles for your needs. It is recommended you wear steel toed shoes or horse appropriate boots and jeans for the hands on trimming portion of class. You are welcome to bring your own tools if you have them.
Participants will receive a certificate upon finishing this course. If you are interested in pursuing trimming professionally this course is the starting point. Upon completion we will work with you to design a custom apprenticeship program just for you.
CLASSROOM LESSONS / CADAVERS
Review of the Online Course material: Hoof Anatomy, Function, Mechanics
HANDS ON TRIMMING
HANDS ON TRIMMING
Introduction to Hands on Trimming
Assessing the Horse
Formulating a Plan
Horsemanship as it Relates to Trimming
hoof casting, gluing, composite shoes and their uses,
hoof boot fitting
Student hoof photo review
(for students who would like to bring photos of your horse's hooves for the class to review and formulate a trimming plan)
Closing group discussion
Course ends at noon
6 Day Course Details:
All classes run approx. 9am - 3pm daily with a morning coffee break and a lunch break. Classes may end a bit early or run late depending on the amount of material to be covered, our schedule is flexible to allow students to work at their own pace. On the last day of the course we will end around noon to allow students that are camping to pack up and still have time to travel home.
Camping is available on site for no extra charge. Bring your tent, trailer or camper (please note we are not able to accommodate trailers or campers over 21ft) and enjoy our park like setting complete with fire pit. Please note we do not have hook ups but can supply power if you bring an extension cord, and you will have access to the house washroom, showers and barn outhouse.
We eat together in a family style environment where we can discuss our lessons and go over any questions you may have. Meals are included in tuition cost. Breakfast is simple, fruit, yogurt, bagels, toast, muffins or help yourself and fry up some farm fresh eggs! Lunches and dinners are a variety of crock pot type make ahead meals. You are welcome to bring your own food if you want to or if you have special dietary requirements. All I ask is that students make me aware of their meal plans if not eating with us so that I can plan the number of diners accordingly. Please make any allergies or food restrictions known at the time of registration and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Airport pick up and drop off is available as we are located directly behind the Kelowna International Airport. The closest hotels are the 4 Points Sheraton at the Kelowna Airport or the Hampton Inn Kelowna Airport, for something a little more economical in price but a little bit farther away the Super 8 in Lake Country has been a good fit for past students. If you need assistance finding accommodations please contact me.
Paddocks may be available for you to bring your horse at no extra cost as long as you supply your own hay and clean up after your horse. Horses must be in good health, and of good temperament. Please inquire ahead of time for availability.