Greetings! As it is now the 4th of July, it seems time to think about summer plans! How about improving ones barefoot trimming skills?
Paul Chapman is an excellent Australian trimmer and very nice guy, who moderates the BareFootNaturally Yahoo site. He was EXTREMELY helpful to me when I started trimming my friend's chronic foundered horse (and following his advice she has done great, with fine, new, attached hoofs replacing her old, 30 degree rotated ones within 6 months).
As we all know, the correct trim is very important, whether to maintain a barefoot horse, transition from shoes, or rehabilitate a foundered horse! But actually dong the trim, and using the tools efficiently, can be a challenge.
Paul is making a US tour this summer, and the weekend of August 26-27 he will be giving a trimming clinic in MD. In is at our barn, in Laurel, partway between Washington and Baltimore, 10 minutes of I-95 (about 1/2 hour from BWI airport).
The clinic is two FULL days. The first morning is theory, questions, and a dissection of a cadaver hoof. From then on, it is trimming, up close and personal. Unlike many other clinics, you get to trim your own horse, under Paul's tutelage.
Actually, Paul first trims half your horse's hoof, and then you copy what he did, while he starts off someone else. Thus, more that one person can be trimming simultaneously, yet he remains available for questions/comments. A few people watch each horse being trimmed, so you alternate between doing the trimming yourself and learning as you watch others trim their horses, doing one foot at a time. During this time, Paul is circulating from group to group, giving advice and answering questions. He promises he will take over a hoof and provide more instruction/examples if a student gets a little frustrated. His goal is to teach us how the horse shows us how to trim (and to each us how to correctly use the trimming tools).
We can either work outside (if it is cool enough) or in the shade of a large indoor arena with fans. There will be lots of cold drinks, and lunch will be available.
The cost for the two days is $240 when you bring a horse and work hand-on; $120 to audit. Vets and professional farriers and trimmers get a 50% discount. The clinic is designed both for newbies to trimming and for professionals.
Interested in participating? Please contact Paul (<barefoothorseman@...
>) AND me (Barbara Sollner-Webb: <bsw@...
> or 410-955-6278 weekdays, 301-604-5619 late evenings and weekends).
It should be a real informative weekend!