Lameness, Lay-ups, and Leg Care
Presented by Iron Oak Canyon Ranch's Animal Care Academy, this segment of our Equine Education series of clinics and classes will focus on the most important part of your horse: their legs. Horses spend most of their lives on their feet, rarely laying down to rest. As prey animals, their instincts and physiology are primed to be able to flee from predators at a moment’s notice. For some owners and their horses, soundness can be a constant struggle and will result in the majority of time spent out of work.
In this class, you’ll discover the origins of the phrase, “no hoof, no horse”. Learn about the main conditions affecting horse soundness, their levels of severity, best preventative and treatment practices, and how to detect lameness on the ground. This class will also cover leg wrapping, including the different types and their purposes, and how to correctly apply them.
This class will be taught by ranch owner Lessa Ritzma, whose previous career credits include zookeeper and exotic animal trainer, along with over twenty years of horse experience. There will also be a professional guest lecturer.
This is an audit-only class with some opportunity for optional participation. A live equine may be available for demonstration purposes. All participants will qualify for the Equine Education: Lameness, Lay-ups, and Leg Care credit for Iron Oak Canyon Ranch's Equine Education certificate. It will also qualify for a bonus credit for the Animal Care certificate.
$50 per participant for 2-hour class. Limit 10 participants. Weather permitting.
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