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Its In The Trim
essential anatomy and physiology course for all those interested in equine foot management

Welcome to this course designed to give you, the horse owner, trainer or para professional a broader understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the equine foot and lower limb.

The old maxims of “no foot no horse” are as true today as they were in 1854. Your farrier or hoof care professionals have however not just the hoof to consider but must take account of the physiological function of musculoskeletal system and in particular that if re limb.

In this course we will cover not only anatomical structures but their interrelationships with each other in the hope that you gain a broader understanding of, what is a miracle of biomechanical engineering, the foot and limb.

The course is designed to allow you to complete each unit, building into a detailed overview of the limb, thus giving you sufficient background knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions about the care and management of your horses feet and limbs.

The course contains detailed Video tutorial presentations, written session documents and  tutorial sessions on the following:


    • Non Sensitive Structures of the Foot an Overview
    • Anatomy of the Epidermal Hoof
    • Anatomy of the Epidermal Hoof Sole Frog and Bars
    • Dermal (Sensative) Structures of the Foot
    • Functions of the Foot
    • The Growth of Horn
    • The Foot Mechanism (Hemodynamic Shock Absoption)
    • Its in the Trim (Mostly)
    • The Theory of Stastic Foot Balance
    • Introduction to Biomechanics of the Foot and Limb for Farriers
    • Introduction to Shoeing Sports Horses for Arena Surfaces
    • Focus on The Foot Assessment



Learn about Elementary Equine Anatomy and Physiology with Particicular Focus on the Basic Elements (ologies) That Make up the Musculoskeletal System of the Horse

About this course

    • Elementary Anatomy and Physiology
    • To ensure the student has an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the horse and an understanding of the internal structures of the horse as they are related to Equine Hoof Care
    • Anatomy – the study of normal structures of the body and its tissues
    • Physiology – the study of functions of the structures and tissues
    • Terminology referring to the positional and directional views of the equine related to the limbs and feet
    • Nomenclature
    • Planes of Referance
    • Anatomy Cornerstones
    • Osteology
    • Bones and their definitions structure and function
    • Bones: fore/hind limb
    • Bone development
    • Bone classes
    • Long
    • Short
    • Flat
    • Irregular
    • Bone function
    • Bone structure
    • Arthrology
    • Articulation of the bones below the knee and hock
    • Joint types
    • Articular surface
    • Articular cartilage
    • Joint capsule
    • Synovial joint
    • Fetlock Joint (Metacarpal Phalangeal Articulation)
    • Pastern Joint (Proximal Interphalangeal Articulation)and Associated structures
    • Distal Interphalangeal Articulation and Associated structure
    • Myology
    • Main tendons of the lower limb
    • Definition origin route and insertion
    • DDFT
    • SDET
    • CDET
    • LET
    • Related structures
    • Function
    • Associated common diseases and disorders
    • Ligaments of the lower limb
    • Classifications
    • Types
    • Functions
    • Blood Supply
    • Angiology  Arterial System
    • Venous system
    • Lymphatic system
    • Nervous System

The elementary course is aimed at students with very little or no experience as a Hoof Care Practitioner