EQ1000E: Understanding Farrier Science and the Current Trends

farrierIf you are confused about the ongoing discussions relating to the various shoeing techniques and various trimming programs, join the club. Farrier science has had an onslaught of information in the past 10 years with a lot of good ideas coming out as well as a lot of misinformation.

We needed someone who could explain the dynamics of the various techniques, the agendas, along with the science and pros and cons of each technique. Foot care is like body work: not every modality or a particular shoeing/trimming technique works the same for every horse; each case needs to be evaluated individually.
So we searched for the specialist in the field and working with the latest techniques and were lucky to be introduced to Simon Curtis.

Simon Curtis is currently the Immediate Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Farriers (2001-2002). He is a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers and holds an Honorary Associateship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
He will lead students through the maze of information, clarifying the pros and cons of each trimming and shoeing application. In this 2-day class, Simon will use slides, actual horses, examples, audiovisual presentations and the latest scientific research to support his lectures.

Course Outline:

  • Anatomy of the foot
  • Normal functions of the foot
  • Pastern/hoof axis
  • The balanced hoof
  • Types of trimming
  • Types of shoeing
  • The various current approaches to trimming
  • The science of current trimming practices
  • The science of current shoeing practices
  • The various current approaches to shoeing
  • Shoeing versus trimming
  • How shoeing affects the horse’s performance
  • Location and causes of lameness
  • Reading the wear of a shoe and foot
  • Reading the breakover
  • Lower limb dissection

 

Prerequisites:
Safe horse handling skills and a thorough understanding of equine safety a must! Knowledge of veterinary vocabulary and anatomy strongly recommended or completion of EQ100, EQ101, EQ104 or comparable programme.

Required Reading: none

Suggested Reading:
Atlas of Equine Anatomy by Chris Pasquini
The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion by Pilliner, Elmhurst and Davies
Principles of Horseshoeing II by Doug Butler