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Advanced Anatomy and Dissection

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Spend two days exploring all aspects of hoof and distal limb anatomy. We will be taking apart multiple feet, making sure to include a vast array of hoof distortions. This clinic counts as Elective and CE credit for PHCP members.

Topics covered

Day 1 – explore and relate hoof anatomy to common hoof distortions

We will start the day with a PowerPoint covering the structures to be dissected.  This will help you anticipate questions you may have and help us focus on areas of interest.

You will have the opportunity to explore in-depth a wide variety of hooves and gain an understanding of how the hooves load and interact with the ground, and how capsular distortions can occur.

A unique dissection process allows pieces of the hoof capsule and various structures to be removed and reassembled like a puzzle. You will have a multitude of ways to explore and deepen your spatial understanding of hooves and their contents.

Group exploration and discussions are encouraged. Profound observations are made by participants from ALL experience levels.

Day 2 – study the distal limb

Bone sets and multiple coffin bones with various pathologies will deepen your understanding of coffin bone remodeling and the effect it has on hoof capsules and leg conformation. Widen your knowledge of the hooves and the horses you encounter in your day-to-day work.

We will do in-depth dissections of a fore and a hind limb of a normal and abnormal leg, depending on availability.


This is an advanced anatomy clinic. It is geared to help hoof care professionals deepen their spatial and mechanical understanding of the hoof capsule. It may be overwhelming if you are new to trimming but participants at all levels are welcome. If you are new to trimming please visit the Anatomy-of-the-Equine to gain a basic understanding of anatomy before attending.

What to bring

A notebook and pen. Tools and gloves will be supplied.

Cadaver legs are always welcome and having a leg with history is particularly useful.  Since we are not doing individual dissections, hopefully you would be willing to share with everyone. If you want the bones, we can package it up and you can take it home.

While Tucson is typically warm in March, bring layers. It can be surprisingly cold and rainy. We will have cover and space heaters if needed.

Lunch and beverages will be included and provided at the clinic. If you have dietary restrictions, there are grocery stores and restaurants about 20 minutes away.


The closest hotels, grocery shopping and restaurants are in Marana, AZ. Many clinic participants have found nice Airbnb rentals in the area.

We do have a shipping container tiny home that accommodates 2 adults. Kitchen, bathroom, outdoor shower and 2 twin beds for $80/night. Book early.


Tucson International Airport is 45 minutes away. If there is no traffic, Phoenix Sky Harbor International is 1.5 hours away. To help attendees coordinate room and ride sharing, I share contact information with the whole group, except those that opt out. Feel free to contact me if you need information earlier.

Paige Poss began her hoof care journey in 1999 and became a professional in 2002. She built her trimming practice in the green (founder inducing) hills of Virginia and in 2017, moved and built a new trimming business in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Paige has acquired a deeper appreciation of the equine hoof after trimming and dissecting feet from two distinctly different environments.

Early in her career, dissecting and studying hooves helped Paige deepen her understand of the hoof. Eventually she began sharing her knowledge and passion by creating images and educational books to support the hoof care industry. She created Anatomy-of-the-Equine with Jenny Edwards and Iron Free Hoof.  From 2020 to 2022, Paige expanded her anatomy knowledge by accepting a tech job managing the new University of Arizona College of Vet Med Anatomy lab, where she prepped the anatomy specimens for vet students. Paige is a member of PHCP and IAPF (International Association of Professional Farriers), teaches whole horse and hoof dissection clinics and lectures at professional meetings.