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October 2020 - Somerset - Trim 2 & Stage 2 Exam - Day 5 - AKA Exam Day

After a fantastic 4 days for the Trim 2 module I am extremely pleased to announce that I passed my stage 2 exam today, meaning that I am now cleared for trimming non pathological cases.
Thank you to Sally Bell (Dare to go Bare rehabilitation and barefoot livery) for providing the stunning Oly as m…

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October 2020 - Somerset - Trim 2 & Stage 2 Exam - Day 4

We began the day at the Barton Inn again to learn more about the specifics of trimming donkeys and mules as our destination today has 2 donkeys, Ernie and Benny and Penny the mule.
Little Benny (the chocolate donkey) has had a very tough background of abuse and felt a little unsure of all the acti…

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October 2020 - Somerset - Trim 2 & Stage 2 Exam - Day 3

Day three started out learning about how the mentored case studies work.
Once we pass the stage 2 exam we will need to complete four standard case studies (and later, 4 pathologies but thats a little later in the course).
These case studies will need to be worked on for a 6 mth period and our men…

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October 2020 - Somerset - Trim 2 & Stage 2 Exam - Day 2

We started day two with detailed information on how the Stage 2 exam will actually work.
There will be 3 times slots throughout the day and 3 horses with examiners for each so we decided between us all that it made sense for those that have furthest to travel go first as we will all be able to mak…

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October 2020 - Somerset - Trim 2 & Stage 2 Exam - Day 1

We arrived in Barton St David and the cute and quirky Barton Inn on Wednesday morning, ready to start Trim 2 which will finish on Sunday with our stage 2 exam and clearance to start our std case studies.
The day began with a recap of the stages of the trim and practice trimming on cadavers. As …

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September 2020 - Shadowing Yr2 Day 2 - Debs Crosoer

Hot on the heels of my first yr2 shadowing day, today I'm out with Debs.

One of my fellow students, Charlene is also coming out shadowing today, plus I know Debs from a few years back as she was the first EP to trim my own two ponies when I initially decided to go back to using an Equine Podiatri…

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September 2020 - Shadowing Yr2 Day 1 - Jayne Hunt

Having completed my first two shadowing days in yr1, I now have an additional four to book if for yr2 and today I went out again with our tutor, Jayne Hunt.

We had a busy day, visiting five for routine trimming and then back to Jaynes yard to take a look at the couple of laminitics Jayne had been…

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May 2020 - Trim 1 Assignment

In all the excitement of covid lockdown and finally being able to get going again with the course I've noticed that I hadn't done a post on my Trim1 Assignment.

I found this one quite challenging as we had to compare various other trimming methods and the literature on some is definitely not so e…

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September 2020 - Anglesey - Laminitis - Day 2-3

Day 2 of the laminitis module saw us once again visiting Richards yard and a demonstration on how to apply a trim to a horse who has previously had laminitis and is currently growing out the damage caused at that time. This felt familiar as the same landmarks were used as I've seen applied for my li…

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September 2020 - Anglesey - Laminitis - Day 1

I've been looking forward to the laminitis module as I have a little lami prone pony myself and have always known that his trim had to differ slightly to Sallys and now I was going to start understand why in more detail (the EP I had been using has always been great for explaining things as she went…

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August 2020 - Chard - Horse Behaviour and Handling - Day 3pm

Sunday PM we met Nick Vincent, an experienced equine podiatrist who is also passionate about safety.

We spent the first hour in the classroom to ensure we fully understood safety and how it needs to be applied in the environment we will be working in, including creating a safe environment and loo…

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August 2020 - Chard - Horse Behaviour and Handling - Day 1,2 &3am

Finally here we are, in Chard for the delayed Behaviour & Handling module with Ben Hart and farrier holds on day 3(pm) with Nick Vincent

The first two and half days are all about behavior and not just the horses but ours and the clients too. It was really interesting to learn about the different …

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July 2020 - Nutrition and Environment Assignment

So, quite a but has now happened since my last post and that can only mean one thing......we are once again able to start staying away and can continue with the course.

I also received back my marked nutrition and environment homework and again, very pleased to have passed and pleased with the co…

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May 2020 - Assessment, Imaging & Gait Analysis (Record Keeping) Assignment & Results

My record keeping and assessment homework has now been marked and I'm very pleased with a pass and the comments and suggestions made.

We had to design our own forms for when we are out, initially doing our case studies, and later trimming Clients horses.
Completing an assessment also includes ta…

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April 2020 - Coronovirus Lockdown Update

Coronovirus update - Last weekend would have seen us visiting Chard for the Horse Behaviour and Handling module, with Ben Hart -


Unfortunately of course this and all of our coming modules have had to be postponed until we are in a safer position to start mov…

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March 2020 Continued - Nutrition & Environment - Day 3-4

This morning I got to retake my Stage 1 exam and am pleased to say I've now passed.

We continued today by looking at environmental impact on horses health and how this is reflected in the condition of their hooves.
There are so many factors which will affect the feet - such as exercise, feed, …

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March 2020 Continued - Nutrition & Environment - Day 2

We continued this morning learning of the different nutritional requirements of certain groups of horses and the dangers of under feeding an obese or laminitic horse or pony.

For example, feeding less than 1.8% of their total body weight in forage (1.5% in extreme cases, at an absolute minimum an…

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March 2020 - Melksham - Nutrition & Environment - Day1

So here we are, back again in Melksham for the next module on the course - Nutrition and the Environment.

Our tutor for today and tomorrow morning is Clare MacLeod, an independent registered equine nutritionist.…

We've been discussing what constitutes a b…

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February 2020 Continued - Basic Trim 1 & Stage 1 Exam - Misc.

A few other highlights of Anglesey included Richard's delightful cat Teasel and of course his horses, dinner at the Inn on the Bay at Trearddur Bay, our full english breakfast for Charlene's birthday (and cake at lunch time), the hilariously fun social evening organised by Jayne and Richard and walk…

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February 2020 Continued - Basic Trim 1 & Stage 1 Exam - Day 3 - 5

The final days of Trim 1 were spent trimming lots of cadaver legs, scoring the various structures to work out the usability score and then cutting open to measure lateral medial balance and the angle of the pedal bone.

We were able to see the impact seedy toe has if left untreated, tracking right…

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