Abrasive hoof trim clinic, Oct. 10 & 11

Phil Morarre came from California to teach clinic attendees how to do barefoot grinder trimming on horses.
In this two-day clinic he offered an introduction to trimming guidelines,
lecture, discussion and included a hands-on trimming lesson.

Day One
After teaching attendees about the anatomy of the foot and related structures, Phil demonstrated a trim on Sugar.

Sugar meets Phil Morarre

Phil took some time to introduce himself to Sugar before starting her trim..

Sugar stands quietly for her hoof trim.

Sugar stands quietly as Phil works on her foot.


Phil Morarre trims Sugar's hooves during a clinic.

Phil uses a grinder to carefully shape and balance Sugar's foot.

Phil checks the sole of Sugar's foot.

Phil checks Sugar's hoof for balance and concavity.


Phil uses a hoofjack to position Sugar's foot for trimming.

Phil demonstrates how to use a hoofjack to position Sugar's foot for trimming.

Phil checks the hoof as he works.

Day Two
On the second day of the clinic, Phil worked with participants to trim their own horses and some of the rescue's horses. He started by looking at how each horse moved, examining the feet and explaining the issues that he saw on each horse. He then trimmed one foot, while explaining his techniques, as the participants watched and asked questions. For the next two feet, Phil trimmed half the foot then handed the job over to the participant. The participants trimmed the last foot while Phil guided them.

Participants watched Phil as he trimmed a participant's horse.
Phil begins trimming JJ's foot as clinic participants look on.

Phil shows how to measure the foot.

Phil uses JJ's freshly trimmed foot to show the proper shape and dimensions of a foot.

Measuring the hoof

Measuring the distance between the frog and the hoof wall.

Curt and Phil work together to trim JJ's feet.

Phil turns the trimming over to a clinic participant.

A clinic participant begins trimming the second half of the foot, after Phil trimmed one side as an example.

A clinic participant begins trimming the second half of the foot, after Phil trimmed one side as an example.

Curt trims JJ

Clinic participants look at the hoof after the trim was completed.

Pia trims Ernie's feet at trim clinic.

Pia trims Ernie's feet during the clinic.
Pia trims Ernie's feet during the clinic.

 

 

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