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EQ1000 Biomechanics of the Equine Foot and the Current Hoofcare Trends 

If you are confused about the ongoing discussions relating to the various shoeing techniques and various trimming programmes, 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.

In this class, slides, actual horses, examples, high speed cinematography and the latest scientific research will be incorporated to support lectures.

Course Outline:

  • Anatomy and biomechanics of the foot
  • Hoof expansion and physiology
  • The parameters and references for various types of shoeing and trimming; schools of thought
  • The science and research available on current shoeing and trimming practices
  • Location and causes of lameness
  • How shoeing and trimming affect the horses\\\\\\\' performance
  • Shoeing versus trimming
  • What is a balanced hoof
  • Remedial trimming and shoeing


Horse handling skills and a thorough understanding of equine safety a must! Knowledge of veterinary terminology and anatomy is suggested but not required. This course is suitable for all levels of knowledge. Owners, trainers and riders are all welcome to attend. Please see suggested reading below.

Required Reading:

Suggested Reading and Viewing:
Any anatomy book reviewing the distal limb

EQ50 Equine Pre- Course Anatomy Study Guide

This course is required for the Master Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification (MEEBW). To complete the MEEBW certification you must have passed the Equinology Equine Body Worker Level Two Certification (EEBWII).  

For the certification outline, please click here: