FormaHoof Skills Clinic With Kentucky Horseshoeing School

FormaHoof Skills Clinic With Kentucky Horseshoeing School

Date: March 3rd & 4th 2018,

Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Price: $1,150 per person includes all materials.

Audience: Primary target audience will be mainly vets, podiatrists and farriers working in clinical situations. Secondary audience will be farriers working alone, wanting to add skills to their work scope.

FormaHoof® supports hoof health in horses and is a revolutionary hoof care product that will make the lives of horses, vets, and farriers much easier in the years to come. This course provides students with an overview in fundamental equine hoof function, makeup and maintenance by focusing on basic equine hoof health through the study of fundamental foot trimming principals and application of the polyurethane Formahoof® system. Likewise, concentration will consist on limb anatomy, foot dynamics, foot conformation, and foot lameness.

Topics covered will include foot trimming tools and maintenance, identification of healthy feet, trimming and balancing front and hind limbs, equine foot biomechanics and intermediate anatomy and physiology of the distal limb. In addition, candidates will learn to prep feet for, and application of the Formahoof® system.

Learn from The Best:

Mitch Taylor, CJF, AWCF, APF

Mitch is the director of the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond, KY, and received AFA’s “Educator of The Year” award for 2007 and 2011, as well as the Clinician of the Year award for 2012. In addition, Mitch was named the 2015 Rising Star Instructor by the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges, chosen from among 200 instructors in every field of career education. In 2015, Mitch was inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed on only the few considered the Elite throughout the industry. Among his many successful students Mitch is proud to count 8 members of the AFA U.S. National Horseshoeing Team as well as students who have earned positions with various US equine teams, leading veterinary hospitals, university veterinary schools and have even shod Kentucky Derby winners.

Debra Taylor, DVM, MS, DACVIM-LA

Dr. Debra Taylor, an associate professor of equine medicine, was named to the International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame. She was one of three veterinarians inducted in 201 to the prestigious organization. Her passion is equine podiatry – the professional study, care, and treatment of the foot. Dr. Taylor’s interest lies in discovering methods to readjust the load of a laminitic foot to promote healing. Understanding the mechanics of blood flow, weight distribution, and local anatomic structures of a healthy foot compared to that of a laminitic foot will allow for treatment management options to be developed to improve the prognosis of horses suffering from laminitis.


2-day clinic with theory in the morning and practical hands on application of the Formahoof® system in the rest of the day. Theory/Practical time breakdown will be approximately 1/3 – 2/3 respectively.

DAY 1:

Saturday Morning Theory: 8:00am – 11:00am

  • Overview of hoof form and function for normal and abnormal feet
  • The effects of negative palmar and plantar angles of the third phalanx on performance
  • Identifying the dropped arch and compromised digital cushion in the equine foot
  • Hoof trimming landmarks and methods for application of Formahoof®
  • Theory of the Formahoof® system and overview of application

11:00am – 12:00pm Lunch

Saturday Afternoon Practical: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

The first day practical will focus on making sure your trimming and balancing of the foot is correct. Some participants will require more help than others, so we will progress at different rates. After your foot preparation is adequate we will demonstrate the Formahoof® system technique on cadaver and synthetic feet. The Formahoof® instructors will provide guided learning time getting you proficient on the fundamentals of the application

  • Trimming for the Formahoof® application
  • Application of Formahoof® barefoot molds

DAY 2:

Sunday Morning Theory: 8:00am – 11:00am

  • Identification of the specific anatomical pathology of feet and its relationship to improper hoof care, environment and breed or sport specifics
  • Fundamental equine locomotion characteristics
  • How to know what foot care techniques are appropriate for individual horses
  • Using Formahoof® to rehabilitate dysfunctional feet: Laminitis, hoof cracks, negative coffin bone PA and underslung heels, in particular

11:00am – 12:00pm Lunch

Sunday Afternoon Practical: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

The second day of practical will focus on getting more proficient in the application of the Formahoof® system to feet. The instructors will demonstrate how to modify the system and how to mix different durometers of urethanes for individual cases. The Formahoof® instructors will guide you through these various modifications and will help to trouble shoot any problems you will be having during the application.

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