Course Outline

Course Outline



 1.  Introduction to Course

a. Student competencies

b. Instructors competencies

c. Operating procedures

d. Qualifications of the horseshoers

c. Occupational opportunities


2.  Anatomy of the Lower Limb

a. Bones

b. Tendons

c. Ligaments and types

d. Structures of the horny capsule


3. Physiology of the Lower Limb

a. Internal foot structures

b. External foot structures

c. Functions of bones, tendons and ligaments

d. Effects of changes and their relationship to live structures


 4.  Conformation of the Horse 

a. Normal or regular conformation

b. Reasons for desirable conformation

c. Faults in conformation

d. Problems caused by faults in conformation

1.  Disease

2.  Injury

3.  Locomotion

e.  Position of limbs and feet

f.  Shapes or forms of feet


5.  Breeds of Horses and Uses Of

a. Describe various breeds

b. Conformational differences in breeds

c. Uses of each breed

d. Gaits of the horse


6.  Forge and Iron Working Procedures

a. The forge, fire and tools

b. Working heats of iron

c. Techniques and uses of tools

d. Shaping, forming and finishing horseshoes

e. Forge Welding

f.  Forge brazing

g. Gas Welding

h. Safety


 7.  Trimming and Dressing the Hoof                                             8.  Normal Shoeing

a. Trimming tools and the uses of                                                           a.  Purposes of shoeing

b. Positions under the horse                                                                    b.  Reducing and dressing the foot for shoeing

c. Reducing and paring the various parts of the hoof                         c.  Size and length of bar stock

d. Removing the shoe                                                                                 d.  Shaping and fitting the shoe for the foot

e. Rasping and dressing the hoof                                                             e.  Nailing and finishing the work

f.  Balancing the foot, anterior, posterior                                               f.  Proper tools and uses of

g.  Handling horses                                                                                     g.  Horse sense and safety

h. Safety


9.  Corrective Shoeing

a. Reading the positions of the limbs

b. Irregularities of gait, how the horse moves off

c. Corrective hoof reduction and dressing

d. Types and application of corrective shoes

e. Methods of correction

f. Mechanical corrective options

g Shoeing horses for animation and show


10.  Shoeing the Lame Horse

a. Diseases of the lower limb

b. Injuries of the lower limb

c.  Principles of pathological shoeing

d. Hoof reduction and dressing

e.  Methods of shoeing to prevent, ease pain, and aid healing of injury or disease

f.  Working relationships with the veterinarian


11.  Manufactured Shoes       

a. Types and brands of manufactured shoes

b.  Preparing and shaping shoes for nailing

c.  Fitting and nailing keg shoes

d. Modifying manufactured shoes for corrective and pathological purposes


12.  Professional Attitudes and Public Relations                                                     

a. Personal appearance

b. Vehicle and equipment maintenance

c.  Handling horses and horsesense

d.  Customer relations

e.  Responsibilities of horseshoer to horse and horse owner

f.  Responsibilities of horse owner to horseshoer

g.  Working relationship with other professional people.

h.  Business practices

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