Camas Creek Canter




Barefoot Hoof and Trimming Clinic with Linda Cowles
October 27th and 28th, 2012 

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Thinking about transitioning your horse to being barefoot all or part of the year? Curious about what the differences between a shod hoof and a barefoot hoof might be? Do you shoe, but want to manage your juvenile horse's feet so that they develop into stronger, well balanced feet? Or take your retired horses barefoot without having them become tender? Do you need to rehab a navicular or foundered horse and are ready to look at barefoot alternatives like rehab boots in place of shoes? Are your shod horse's heels contracted, their soles flat or thin? Does your horse have a “long toe” problem that a winter “Shoe Vacation” could resolve? Do your horse's shoes fall off prematurely due to weak hoof walls? Do you want to learn about ways to strengthen the wall and keep a shoe on your horse for 5 to 6 weeks as that bad wall grows out? Have you considered glue on or synthetic shoes? Is thrush a chronic problem for your horses?

Clinician Linda Cowles from Northern California ( will teach us about barefoot rehab, trimming, nutrition, environment and booting/hoof protection.

Saturday, October 27th - Introduction to the Barefoot Horse. This clinic is meant for beginners and those interested in learning about barefoot horses.
The class will last start at 10am and will be mostly classroom time as well as looking at a horses and their hooves. The class will be $40 per participant. This class is open to horse owners of all levels of experience and all types of riding. Topics discussed will include nutrition, environment, trimming and barefoot rehab. Please bring a sack lunch. We will plan to be finished by 4pm.

Sunday, October 28th - Trimming Clinic. This clinic will be oriented to those horse owners that have already transitioned their horses to being barefoot, but would like to learn more about trimming for themselves. The class will start at 9am. Please bring a sack lunch. We will plan to be finished by 5pm.
       What this clinic is and is not:
Unless you are auditing, this clinic is not a starting point for people who have never trimmed to learn to start trimming. Learning to trim takes many hours of working with tools to gain tool dexterity, and we only have one day available. This will be a great clinic for beginners to audit because you can pick up many basic concepts that will help you when you begin to trim. We will talk on Saturday about how to get started trimming. 
At this clinic, Linda will help trimmers understand how to perform a balanced trim, how to recognize "pathology" and discomfort. We will learn techniques to manage hoof imbalance resulting from conformation and physical discomfort. There will be an emphasis on basic tool use and trimmer ergonomics. We'll start with a review of barefoot basics, followed by a Hoof Tour when we look at the feet of all of the horses brought for trimming. There will be a short demonstration on tool use. After lunch, we will start trimming horses in a circle. At the end of the day, we'll have a Q&A session to cover any remaining questions.

If you will be trimming, plan to bring your horse, a hoof jack or hoof stand, a new rasp, nippers, hoof knife, gloves and a hoof pick. 

ALL participants are encouraged to bring a chair, camera, pen and paper. No video please. This
 class will be $150 for each participant and their horse. Auditors encouraged to attend this clinic for $40. 

Location: The clinic will be held indoors at Willow Bend Farm in Turah, MT - 12 miles east of Missoula off of Interstate 90 

Directions: Traveling from Missoula, East on I-90:  Take Exit 113, travel down the off ramp.  At the end of the off ramp turn right.  Travel a short distance turn left onto  frontage road (sign says Rustic Road, actually it is Turah Road).  At this location you will see a Fishing Access sign which directs you left as well.  Travel approx. one mile.  Cross the Clark Fork River.  The indoor arena is the second left after the bridge.

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Camas Creek Canter Endurance Ride
The Camas Creek Canter rode again! We enjoyed a 50 mile endurance, 25 mile limited distance and a trail ride on  July 21 and 22, 2012 in Potomac, Montana

The ride is AERC and PNER sanctioned and is an AHA local ride. THANK YOU to all of the riders, volunteers, sponsors and vets that made this such a successful ride.
We also made the local news... check us out at KECI...

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"A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character." 
                                                        -- Tesio

Ride Manager: Jennifer Knoetgen
Phone: 406-880-3083

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