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February 2020 Continued - Basic Trim 1 & Stage 1 Exam - Day 2

Today is exam results day.
Unfortunately I just missed out on hitting the pass by half a point but with an 80% pass rate the standards were very high. At least I know I'm nearly there and luckily the exam can be sat again on our next course in March so not too long to wait.

Today I got to fini…

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February 2020 - Anglesey - Basic Trim1 & Stage 1 Exam - Day1

Today's the day of our first exam and the first day we start trimming a cadaver hoof.

I'm pleased it's on the first day (which is good, as reading that back there are a lot of firsts going on) so that we can get it done, see how we do and then if needed, have the rest of the week to ask questions…

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January 2020 - Anatomy One-Part 2 Assignment & Results

I've now received the second part of my Anatomy 1 homework back and pleased to say it's a pass with 95%.

This section had us describing over fifteen potential causes of lameness, including anklyosis, bone spavin, corns, ringbone and stringhalt (plus a further how to recognise them and the diagnos…

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January 2020 Continued - Assessment, Imaging & Gait Analysis - Day 3

Our final day saw us (mainly) back in front of the log fire at Richard's, to start looking at different imaging techniques and starting to develop some understanding of what we were looking at.
As a group we studied and discussed radiographs, MRI, CT scans and nuclear scintigraphy showing rotation,…

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January 2020 Continued - Assessment, Imaging & Gait Analysis - Day 2

Today we headed off to visit the horses and ponies at Freshfields Rescue Sanctuary to see if we could put what we had discussed yesterday, into practice.

When we arrived we had a few minutes to chat to some of the horses out in one of the paddocks. At this point Charlene decided she wanted to tak…

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January 2020 - Anglesey - Assessment, Imaging & Gait Analysis - Day1

And here we are again, I feel that this is the year everything is truly going to start to drop into place and I will be more astounded, more unsure of what I thought I knew and yet more knowledgeable on areas I perhaps hadnt even considered, all rolled into one.

It's a long old drive up to North …

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January 2020 - Shadowing Day 2 - Cheyenne Korbutt-Brown

On Monday I completed my second, first year compulsory full shadowing day, this time with Cheyenne Korbutt-Brown.

Cheyenne is also my own ponies EP and so on this occasion, instead of me walking up Sally and Teddy just for Cheyenne to check their movement, she walked and trotted them up so that…

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Christmas 2019 - Barefoot Wine

 You know you are on the right path when your current employment get you a bottle of Barefoot Wine for Christmas lol.


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December 2019 - Shadowing Day 1 - Jayne Hunt

Today I completed my first full shadowing day and what a fantastic (if more than a little wet, windy and chilly) it was!

After an early start and lovely drive across Salisbury plains as the sun was starting to rise, I arrived at Jayne's yard in Melksham for 8am.

First things first, I got to …

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December 2019 - Anatomy One-Part 1 Assignment & Results

Another pass, this time for the Anatomy 1 homework (part 1), with 96.5%.

I found this (and part 2 which I'm still to submit), incredibly interesting. Health, disease, illness and also nutrition, are huge factors in the overall quality of a horses lifestyle. Understanding the impact of what lies b…

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November 2019 Continued.... Anatomy and Dissection - Day 4-5


Today was our first chance to get stuck in, looking to see if we could identify the structures and tendons we've been learning about over the previous days. This really was the most amazing eye opening day, to be hands on, dissecting the structures one by one really helped to understand so man…

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November 2019 Continued.... Anatomy and Dissection - Day 2-3

Wow, I dont think I've ever crammed so much information into my head before!! Crazy, full on, amazing, fascinating, jaw dropping....all phrases to describe these two days and even then, only just touching on the reality!!

Day 2 focussed on digestion, respiratory system, circulation and the cells,…

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November 2019 - Melksham - Anatomy & Dissection - Day 1

After another entertaining drive (who knew there were Yeti on Salisbury Plain - slow moving, red Yeti at that) I'm back here at Melksham for our second trip away, this time for five days covering anatomy, including dissection of the lower limb to see if we are starting to recognise what we are learn…

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October 2019 Continued...... Assignment Results

Updated 04/11 - Introduction to Equine Podiatry also now back with 95%

I'm so pleased to report that I've now received two of the three assignments back and I've passed both of these.

94% Business Skills

82% Science

Just Introduction to Equine Podiatry to be marked and returned now so st…

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October 2019 - Introduction to Equine Podiatry and Science Assignments

October has been a busy month, with two assignments to work on, birthdays and a very special, non horse related Ride of Respect to attend in honour of PC Harper.

I particularly enjoyed working on the Science paper, it fitted nicely with my learning and work ethic of looking for a reason behind ev…

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September 2019 Continued....Dissection and Science Papers - Day 2

After a hearty full English and chance to chat and get to know two of the other students (Naomi and Charlene) better, we headed off again to the Melksham Adventure Centre for what is my first time observing a dissection (not counting that fish which I remember being dissected in my first year of jun…

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September 2019 - Melksham - Introduction - Day 1

Wow, what a fantastic couple of days! The start of my new adventure really began today when I met Jenni Wilson, the first of the nine other class of 2019 students.

It was an early start and I was definitely a bit anxious - what to expect - how would I get on with the others -How would I get on wi…

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August 2019 Continued....Business Plan Assignment

With the deadline for the homework fast approaching I'm happy to say that I've got it completed and submitted.

I decided to create my business plan as close as I possibly could to being a blueprint for getting Whole Horse Hoof Care running, down to the days working and amount of clients, to what …

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August 2019 - Business Plan Assignment and Fellow Students

10.08.19 - Today I received an invite to join the Equine Podiatry Associations Facebook page, which gave me my first clue as to the identity of my fellow students plus the chance to ask questions of those already fully qualified and the previous yr1 and yr2 students. Everyone is so friendly and in n…

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July 2019 - The Start Of A Fantastic Adventure

Today was the day, after initially submitting my application for the Diploma of Equine Podiatry back I can't even remember how long ago, today that fateful email dropped into my inbox and was sitting staring back at me, waiting for me to open it.

With trembling hands and trepidation I slowly appr…

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