Five-Day Course Curriculum:
The curriculum of this course was developed to provide a broad, in-depth study of the equine foot and its workings. Structure, Function and Performance are all defined. Gait, conformation, and environment are addressed. It is our hope that this course will lead to an increased desire to learn all one can about Applied Equine Podiatry and its practice. This course will provide the Professional Care Giver with many of the answers to the question they will be asked about barefoot, Applied Equine Podiatry and the HPT Method. Developing the Horse Owner's communication skills, so that he/she may better communicate their needs to the Professional Care Giver is one of the many goals of this course.
Classroom time consisting of an in depth study of Applied Equine Podiatry and Holistic Hoof Care, and how it differs from the traditional farrier practice. Lecture includes a thorough review of the Suspension Theory of Hoof Dynamics and the IAA Model (Internal Arch Apparatus Model). Farrier trade is discussed, as is how and why horseshoes effect the hoof of the horse. Further discussion centers around how the farrier trade and horseshoeing has evolved.
Classroom time to include study of AEP's foundational formula S+F=P (Structure + Function=Performance). Conformation and Function of the structures of the equine foot and the hoof is taught. Emphasis is placed on the importance of the application of correct stimulus to the hoof for the return of, or maintaining health, and performance. Defining the "missing structures" in the farrier and veterinarian world is covered, with an indepth introduction to the "hoof wall matrix," Do you have it? and how to get it. Additional time is spent on understanding the wild hoof model, the natural hoof model, and how to properly care for the shoeless or barefoot horse.
Indepth exploration of the internal workings of the equine foot and the hoof capsule that protects it, through dissection. Foot and Hoof theory and functional anatomy are outlined throughout the demonstration, always referring to whole horse health, and the effect foot function plays in achieving whole horse performance.
Introduction to using the Spectrum of Usability for protecting the welfare of the horse, with continued lessons in how to achieve performance and health through the application of correct stimulus to the barefoot horse. Students are introduced to tool use for the application of the HPT Method (High Performance Trim Method). Cadavers are used to demonstrate the HPT Method, and to establish a base of information for the use of the Spectrum of Usability. Why to trim, not just How to trim.
Day begins with an introduction to safely getting under the horse, followed by instruction in the application of the HPT Method (High Performance Trim Method) to live horses. Horses are provided if the student chooses not to bring their own horse. The day ends with Q & A.
Study of Whole Horse Hoof Care and the application of the HPT Model, with the HPT Method being the main topic. Cadavers are used to demonstrate the HPT Method, and to establish a base of information for the use of the Spectrum of Usability.
Due to Insurance Liabilities, Live Horses will only be available for those courses where all students agree to sign a waiver of liability in advance. Live Horses will be used for gait analysis, hoof study, and trimming only. In the event horses are used, a minimum of two hours will be spent on safe horse handling.