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post #1 of 11 Old 08-09-2020, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Online trimming class

OK I'm really starting to think seriously about this. Does anyone have an online trimming class (presumably a series of classes) that they would recommend? I have started looking, but I don't know enough about trimming to know whether someone knows what they are talking about or not.

Don't worry, I don't think that I'm going to take a couple of classes and then just start trimming my own horses, but I think this would be a good starting point (I already have books about hoof care, and generally I prefer books to videos, but I think in the case of trimming I need videos).
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-09-2020, 06:49 PM
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I do not know if you consider this a "class", but ELPO has some good videos to get you started.
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-09-2020, 06:55 PM
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I know this is not what you're asking, but what about traveling to a hoof care clinic? Spend a day or two learning all about good trimming. I just wonder how effective online classes would be, but hopefully you'll find something worthwhile. I did a one-day clinic with my own trimmer who was hosting and am now comfortable doing touch-ups and quick trims before a show.

I also recommend following some hoof trimming pages on FB or other social media. Especially if going barefoot. I have found those tremendously useful for training my eye to recognize good vs bad trims. I mean, obviously I don't take random advice from strangers on the Internet, but after a while, you begin to see where there is consensus among experienced trimmers.
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I know this is not what you're asking, but what about traveling to a hoof care clinic? Spend a day or two learning all about good trimming. I just wonder how effective online classes would be, but hopefully you'll find something worthwhile. I did a one-day clinic with my own trimmer who was hosting and am now comfortable doing touch-ups and quick trims before a show.
Are clinics open when you are? I would love to do that but clinics here have either a very limited attendance and are fully booked or are completely closed altogether.
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I know this is not what you're asking, but what about traveling to a hoof care clinic? Spend a day or two learning all about good trimming. I just wonder how effective online classes would be, but hopefully you'll find something worthwhile. I did a one-day clinic with my own trimmer who was hosting and am now comfortable doing touch-ups and quick trims before a show.
Yes, I think I'm going to need to do that, for sure. But with things the way they are right now, I don't think it's in my immediate future. I thought the videos might give me the foundations to be able to better take advantage of in-person instruction.
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I do not know if you consider this a "class", but ELPO has some good videos to get you started.
I will check that out. I definitely trust ELPO.

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post #7 of 11 Old 08-09-2020, 08:26 PM
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Search for Daisy Alexis Bicking, of Daisy Haven Farm. I've followed Pete Ramey for years (he's one of the gurus of barefoot, look up Pete Ramey Hoof Rehab home. Horse hoof maintenance and care. - lots of free articles), but have noticed the greatest improvements in my horses' feet since I started following the basic ELPO trim. I follow Daisy on a hoof rehab group, and am newly a Patreon patron of hers, to get access to her case studies ( completely new person might find them daunting!). The basic Patreon fee is $10 per month. Other names that are prominent are Gene Ovnicek and David Landreville.



An actual online class is expensive. Daisy's beginning course is about $1000, less if paid all at once. I am seriously tempted to pony up the money, because I'm really interested in the rehabilitation side of trimming. But I'm not quite ready to take the leap. Oh, Ida Hammer is also very highly regarded but I'm personally not acquainted. If you could attend a clinic given by any one of these folks, I think you could consider yourself lucky.


Pete has a series of DVDs called Under the Horse that most folks consider outstanding.
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Are clinics open when you are? I would love to do that but clinics here have either a very limited attendance and are fully booked or are completely closed altogether.

Yes there are clinics here but I'm in Eastern Canada where we have almost no Covid-19. Sorry, wasn't thinking that most of you are in the US.
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AC, you could look at some youtube videos of Jaime Jackson, Pete Ramey, Gene Ovnicek and decide if you might want to buy their DVD’s which generally come with books.

Beware FB farrier’s & trimmers, unless they have “world wide fame” :):)
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-10-2020, 09:21 AM
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there is also a great Facebook page called ABC hoof care and Daisy is a moderator. I have learned a lot from that page and there is a book you can purchase as well. When I got started I took a course (over a few weekends) to learn how to trim. Once I started I still had a trimmer out to critque my work. I still try to have a professional out a couple of times per year to review how the horses hooves look. I have found that balance seems to be the area I struggle with and I try very hard to go back the next day after a trim and look at the hooves again with a fresh eye.
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