CE - Continuing Education
We have just had CE, which is our annual continuing education. We all have to attend each year to remain qualified trimmers. I think it’s a great way to see how everyone around the country is getting on in the field and gives us all some time to talk about how to improve our practice in the field.
Subjects covered at CE:
We had an overview on how all the SHP overseas are getting on and what new information they are finding out. There is a new clinic being opened in CZ that is being run by a computer so the horses decide when and which places they would like to go to in the clinic by just pushing on a door. Quite neat!
Talks at the latest World Conference:
Carol Layton – Balancing Nutrition and Calculating Proteins, Carbohydrates, Mineral Needs vs Given
Vazlav Vydra – Promoting Barefoot horses in Equestrian Sports in CZ
Chris Gehrmann – Effective support tool to achieve a ground parallel coffin bone
Lucie Baresove – Analysis of Conventional and Natural Boarding conditions
Sabine Kells – Remote Viewing
Dr Steve Skinner – Diagnostic Imaging
Dr Strasser – Navicular Syndrome, Not a Disease but how the effects are acting on the hoof
Thorsten Kaiser ( New Zealander) – Using the horse as a diagnostic tool for trimming
Udo Riedel – Connections between hoof and movement from an osteopath’s point of view
Sesamoid Bones Position: Uneven hoof capsule creates a unilateral strain on the sesamoid bones from an uneven pill on the ligaments.
I felt this and can’t wait to see if it helps in the field.
Working Correctly for every horse: Yes there are guild lines that we are thought i.e. 30 degree hairlines bar and heel height, toe height and what part of the sole should be weight bearing.
It is important to aim for these guild lines but more important if the horses are loading!
Hoof Mechanism on hard ground vs soft ground.
Talk By Vet David Van Zwanenberg - Hock lameness
Anatomy of the hock joint
Important for a vet or hoof trimmer, viewing foals in the first few weeks of being born to look at limb conformation. Regular trimming to alienate and maintain correct placement of the joints.
Foal has freedom to move from birth, open paddocks
Grow place on the limbs – Fetlock closes around 2 to 3 months. Hock closes around 8 months so offset must be fitted before these times.
OCD – Rapid growth causes disturbances in the joints
Causes of Thoroughpin – swelling either side of the joint
Curb – Enlargement of the planter surface of the fibular tarsal bone
Increasing joint lubrication
Watching the horse move
X-ray of the hock
This talk was great! It's great to see how joints of the horse work, and what we can do as trimmers to help any discomfort.
The rest of the time we spent trimming hooves, doing corrective trimming on rehab cases and a maintenance trimming on the sound horse. The main forces in trimming to change under-slung heels and heel contraction.