Hoof Care Courses

Brought to you by:

The Equine Lameness Prevention Organization, Inc.

A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation

Course Structure & Requirement

Level 1 Courses

  • 1 - 5 Day Course Options Available with Lectures, Demonstrations & Basic Hands-On work

  • Starting point for everyone wishing to learn about ELPO Hoof Care Principles.  This course is offered to professionals & non-professionals that are only interested in learning how to recognize hoof distortion and do basic hoof care maintenance. 

  • There is NO previous experience or requirements necessary to attend this course level.

  • There are no certification opportunities available at this course level.

 

Level 2 - Advanced Barefoot Trimming Certification Course

  • 2.5 Day Course with Lectures, Demonstrations & Hands-On work

  • This course is intended for professional barefoot trimmers and farrier that have some ELPO Hoof Care experience & are ready to take the CBT Certification Exam. 

  • This course is open to part-time or full-time barefoot trimmers and farriers.  No prior ELPO course or clinic experience is required, but it is VERY helpful.

  • The “Certified Barefoot Trimmer” Exam is administered at this course.

 

Level 3 - Advanced Farrier Certification Course

  • 3.5 Day Course with LecturNBBT & CNBF Certification Exam.

  • This course is intended for professional farriers that have adequate experience with the accepted ELPO Hoof Care Protocols & are PREPARED to take the Barefoot & Farrier Certification Exam.

  • This course is open to professional farriers with a minimum of 1 year of full time farriery experience.  Prior ELPO course or clinic experience is REQUIRED.

  • The Barefoot Trimmer & the Professional Farrier Exams are administered at this course.

 

Level 4 - Advanced Lameness Certification Course

  • 4.5 Day Course with Lectures, Demonstrations, Dissections & Hands-On Work

  • Must have achieved the professional farrier certification level of recognition before attempting the CLS exam.  Minimum of 2 years of experience as a full time professional farrier is required.

  • The “Certified Lameness Specialist” Exam is administered at this course.Although this level of certification is typically reserved for those farriers that do treat or are interested in treating many lame horses, it is still an education opportunity for many certified professional farriers that will challenge their skills.  This is a good option for meeting the certification upgrade or continuing education credits necessary to meet ELPO requirements. 

 


 

Additional Courses Sponsored by the ELPO

  • 8 Week Trimming & Shoeing Course (Farrier School) - (Click Here for a Detailed Outline)

 

  • 1 Week Trimming Course - Beginning Barefoot Maintenance (Click Here for a Detailed Outline)
    • 5 Day Course with Lectures, Demonstrations & some Hands-On work

    • This course is primarily intended for beginning or do-it-yourself part-time barefoot trimmers.  However, professional barefoot trimmers and farrier are welcome to attend if you have no prior ELPO Hoof Care experience. 

    • There is NO previous experience or requirements necessary to attend this course, however some experience is helpful.

    • There are no certification opportunities available at this course level.

 


 

Summary of Course Details & Prices

Effective: January 1, 2010    (Download/View/Print PDF Version)

 

L1 - Intro/Demo

L1 - Basic Barefoot Trimming

L2 - Adv. Barefoot Trimming

L3 - Advanced Farrier

L4 - Advanced Lameness

           
# Days

1

2

2.5

3.5

4.5

           
Open to?

ALL

No Trimming Experience Required (but is helpful).

Professional Trimmers & Farriers (No Beginners)

† Must Complete L2 Course

CNBF Certification Required

Qualifications?

 

 

 

Prof. Farrier for 1 Year

Prof. Farrier for 2 Years

           
Format

Lecture & Demos

Lecture, Demo & Hands-On

Lecture, Demo & Hands-On

Lecture, Demo & Hands-On

Lecture, Demo & Hands-On

           
Certification

None

None

LS-HM Certification

LS-HM Certification

CLS Certification

Opportunity

 

 

BT Certification

BT Certification

 

 

 

 

 

ELPO Farrier Certification

 

           

Topics of

- Intro to Hoof Form & Function

- Intro to Hoof Form & Function

- Intro to Hoof Form & Function

- Advanced Hoof Form/Function

- Advanced Hoof Form/Function

Discussion

- Recognize Deformity

- Detailed Anatomy/Physiology

- Detailed Anatomy/Physiology

- Detailed Anatomy/Physiology

- Detailed Anatomy/Physiology

 

- Hoof Mapping

- Recognize Deformity

- Recognize Deformity

- Recognize Deformity

- Recognize Deformity

 

- Live Sole (M/L & A/P Balance)

- Hoof Mapping

- Hoof Mapping

- Hoof Mapping

- Hoof Mapping (Advanced)

 

- Navicular Related Lameness

- Live Sole (M/L & A/P Balance)

- Live Sole (M/L & A/P Balance)

- Live Sole (M/L & A/P Balance)

- Live Sole (M/L & A/P Balance)

 

- Emergecy Care (Frist Aide)

- Navicular Related Lameness

- Navicular Related Lameness

- Navicular Related Lameness

- Navicular Related Lameness

 

- *Equine Metabolic Syndrome

- Hoof Trimming Instruction

- Hoof Trimming Instruction

- Horse Locomotion Analysis

- Laminitis/Founder

 

- *Trim/Shoe Overview

- Ethics/Professionalism

- Ethics/Professionalism

- Biomechanical Efficiency

- Other Common Lamenesses

 

 

- *Emergecy Care (First Aide)

- *Emergecy Care (First Aide)

- *Emergecy Care (First Aide)

- Emergecy Care (Frist Aide)

 

 

 

 

- *Equine Metabolic Syndrome

- Equine Metabolic Syndrome

 

 

 

 

- Ethics/Professionalism

- Ethics/Professionalism

           
Demos

- Barefoot Trimming

- Barefoot Trimming

- Barefoot Trimming

- Barefoot Trimming

- Adv. Distortion Evaluation

 

- Shoeing

- *First Aide for Laminitis

- *First Aide for Laminitis

- Shoeing

- Lameness Protocol

 

- First Aide for Laminitis

 

 

- *Lameness Protocol

- Case Study Documentation

           
Hands-On

None

- Trimming (Cadaver Feet)

- Trimming (Normal Feet)

- Trim/Shoe (Normal/Distorted)

- Trim/Shoe (Minor Lameness)

 

 

- Trimming (Normal Feet)

- Trimming (Distorted)

- Trim/Shoe (Minor Lameness)

- Major Lameness Treatment

 

 

 

- *Trim/Shoe (Minor Lameness)

- *Major Lameness Treatment

- Exotic Treatment Options

 

 

 

 

- *Dissection/Anatomy Lab

- Dissection/Anatomy Lab

           
Cost/Tuition

$50/person

$300 (First Time)

$325 (First Time)

$425 (First Time)

$525 (First Time)

 

$75/couple

$225 (Each Time Thereafter)

$250 (Each Time Thereafter)

$350 (Each Time Thereafter)

$425 (Each Time Thereafter)

Audit Fee

N/A

$150 (Space Limited)

$200 (Space Limited)

N/A

N/A

Meals?

Lunch Included

Lunch Included (2 Days)

Lunch Included (2 Days)

Lunch Included (3 Days)

Lunch Included (4 Days)

* - Optional Topics May or May Not Be Covered
¥ - All courses are taught by Qualified ELPO Instructors.
† - Attending an ELPO Sponsored Clinic in the Past or an ELPO Qualification Course Also allows entry into a Level 3 Course

¤ - If you are only interested in Barefoot Trimming, barefoot horses will be provided for you while others are shoeing.

Course Dates & Levels Offered are subject to change, so please check with ELPO, Inc. before making travel arrangements.

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