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.