What trim do you teach?
Is online learning for me?
What are the technical requirements to use this course?
How long is the Professional Student course?
Are there any exams?
How much does the certification course
Do I have to take the final certification test?
What do mentor days consist of?
Who are the mentors / instructors?
Where can I sign up for mentor days?
Do I have to stay with the same mentor during the course?
What trim do you teach?
The instructor team at Equine Soundness
Inc. does actually not teach or practice any special trim, as no one
trim method fits all horses. Instead we are teaching all the details
that enable you to make the right decisions in every day trimming.
From the regular performance hoof to complicated pathologies, we pass on
our knowledge based on the physiologically correct anatomy of the horse
and especially the hoof.
Many years of experience and the studies of holistic hoof care with
various instructors in the United States and Europe are shared with our
students. We have taken the very best from our studies and combined it
in the courses offered.
Individual horses have individual needs based on their conformation and
environment but there are core principles of how the hoof is designed to
function physiologically and mechanically that apply to every hoof. A
well educated trimmer is able to sculpt the exterior of the foot to
precisely fit the position and alignment of the internal structures.
The correct form and function of the hoof is the only basis on which the
horse can perform without constraints and ramifications for his entire
organism. Form and function must be thoroughly understood, pathologies
must be classified and remedied according to their significance.
Badly foundered hoof (left),
corrected after several months of trimming (right)
lame after 9 months of stall rest (left), sound after a couple of trims
(right) and very rideable (below)
Originally all of the instructors at
Equine Soundness Inc. have graduated from the Strasser Program. After
years of experience and sorting out what works and what does not work,
we came to our own conclusions: While the knowledge of anatomy is
vitally important for successful trimming, we draw different conclusion
than have been initially taught to us. Our mantra is to leave the horse
as sound as possible, to balance the hoof, but to be careful not to
overtrim the same. Our teaching philosophies also vary greatly from what
was taught to us: we strive to develop every student individually and
share as much as we possibly can to allow students to develop to their
Is online learning for
Online learning is flexible and
convenient for anyone who has access to the Internet and is motivated to
Use this checklist to determine whether you have the technical skills to
participate in an online course:
- I can send
and receive e-mail.
- I can find
a specific web site if I receive a link by e-mail or see a URL on
- I can
download files from e-mail messages and Web sites.
- I have
taken a quiz or filled in a form online.
If you can check “yes” for each
item, you are ready to enroll in an online course. If you have questions
about any of these technical skills, our client support team is ready to
help, please call 803-647-1200 or e-mail email@example.com.
To succeed in an online course you
need motivation, commitment, good time management skills and
What are the technical
requirements to use this course?
Internet Service Provider (ISP)
Minimum 56K modem for dial-up connection;
high-speed connection (DSL, broadband cable or T1/T3) recommended
PC users: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5
or higher, Netscape 6.1 or higher, or Mozilla FireFox 1.0 or higher
Macintosh users: Microsoft Internet
Explorer 5.0 or higher, Netscape 6.1 or higher, or Mozilla FireFox
Software (one of the following free downloads)
How long is the
Professional Student course?
The majority of the course time is
spent at home, studying on line and fulfilling assignment requirements.
Module #1, 2,and 5 take about two months to
study. Module #3 takes one month, and module #4 can be completed in 4
months or less.
Mentorship days can be arranged after you have completed module 1
through 3. You need to have completed at least 10 mentorship days to
graduate. How often you can
arrange mentorship days depends on you and your instructor's schedule.
Are there any exams?
Yes. Throughout the certification
course participants will perform online self tests and submit
graded assignments. At the end of the final practicum there
will be a written test and a practical test.
How much does the
certification course cost?
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do not include tools, travel and accommodations during the mentorship
days and the final practicum. There are no further books to buy.
Do I have to take the
final certification test?
No. You can go through the entire
course without taking the final test. The final exam is for
What do mentor days
There will be ca. 30 hours of one-on-one online
instruction via a webinar platform. This instruction follows precise
lesson plans, which are structured to meet
the goals of this course. There will also be 30 hours of practical
one-on-one training. Students learn to trim on bio-specimen, observe live
trimming and later perform live trims yourself.
Who are the mentors /
The mentors are seasoned professionals,
well versed in the theory taught in this course. They have experience
with many different scenarios and are active trimmers themselves.
Mr. Jerry Schmidt,
Port Angeles, WA
Mrs. Audrey Bryant,
Mrs. Claudia Garner,
Mrs. Mary Gallagher,
Port Angeles, WA
Where can I sign up for
You sign up for mentor days through the
school. The school will then contact you to assign a mentor. At this
time we have mentors on the West Coast and on the East Coast of the
Do I have to stay with
the same mentor during the course?
No. Mentors can be changed during the
course. Depending on your location and your ability to travel, we may be
able to assign you to several mentors, which will expose you to many
different horses and scenarios, a great learning experience.