Learn about the science of orthopaedic balance in equines, and how it relates to the continued health and soundness of your horse.

This course covers a basic introduction to Equine Orthopaedic Balance, and is designed for owners who want to know more about their horses, or for veterinary and farriery students who are just beginning their education. It includes some basic anatomy and an easy-to-understand breakdown of common pathologies seen in today's equines.

*Warning: course contains medical imagery.

About the instructor

Course Provider

Darrall Clifford

Darrall Clifford has built a reputation as one of the most reliable and experienced Hoofcare Specialists on the Gold Coast, Queensland (Australia).Darrall’s reputation as a consultant, educator and guest speaker has him traveling extensively conducting training courses, lectures and consulting on biomechanical problems in the equine today. Darrall and his wife Dr Lena Clifford DVM are on a mission to improve equine health and soundness worldwide. Both he and Lena remain dedicated to researching this very complex area of structural and functional podiatry and maintaining orthopaedic balance in equines.

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Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1 - Introduction

    • Introduction

    • Overview of Equine Orthopaedic Balance

    • Definition of Equine Orthopaedic Balance®

    • Basic Directional Terms

    • Introductory Presentation

    • Module 1 Quiz

  • 2

    Module 2 - Anatomy of the Equine Foot

    • Architecture of the Equine Foot

    • The Equine Foot Video

    • The Coronet Band

    • The Periople

    • The Bulbs

    • The External Bars

    • Importance of the Bars Case Study

    • The Frog

    • The Sole

    • The White Line

    • White Line Case Study

    • Dermis - Lamina of the Foot

    • Distal Bone Structures

    • Anatomy of the Equine Foot Case Study

    • Module 2 Quiz

  • 3

    Module 3 - Problems of the Equine Foot

    • Microarchitecture of the Hoof Wall

    • Hoof Wall Growth

    • Abnormal Structure

    • Dysfunctional Hooves Video

    • Vascular Changes

    • Structural Wall Trauma

    • Problems of the Equine Foot Presentation

    • Module 3 Quiz

  • 4

    Module 4 - Hoof Pathology Basics

    • Hoof Function

    • External Hoof Pathology

    • Internal Hoof Pathology

    • Basic Hoof Pathology Case Study

    • Module 4 Quiz

  • 5

    Module 5 - Effects on the Horse

    • Neurological Effects

    • Neurological Responses

    • What to look for during and after a trim

    • Effects on the Horse Case Study

    • Module 5 Quiz

    • Final Overview

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