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Advanced Anatomy

Day 1  – Advanced Anatomy and Morphology

Dissection and exploration of the internal and external structures of the foot

We will start with a short review of anatomy, however participants will benefit greatly from having a basic understanding of the internal and external structures of the foot prior to attending.

The dissection will be lead by the instructor, but students will be hands on in helping with the the different stages of the dissection. We will pick 2 to 4 hooves that have different morphologies. The number of hooves we dissect may vary depending on what we find and how long we spend with each one. We will compare the differences between healthy and unhealthy  structures in each foot. We will learn how to visualize where our internal structures are positioned by reading external landmarks.

Examples of common pathologies we will see may include deep sulcus thrush affecting the frog corium, stretched weak lamina, white line infection, wall cracks, P3 remodeling that is visible externally, wall delamination, abscess, and thin soles.

Participants will go home with techniques to:

  • Assess the health of the soft tissue structures in the back of the foot (Digital cushion, lateral  cartilages, frog corium).
  • Assess and accurately estimate sole depth and medio-lateral balance
  • Assess palmar/plantar angles
  • Pinpoint the center of rotation of the coffin joint
  • Assess P3 position in relation to toe length
  • Read wear and loading patterns in untrimmed feet. We will speculate on whether the wear we see is static (postural) vs dynamic (created during movement).

Day 2 – Radiograph Guided Trimming and Dissection 

To participate in day 2 you must have a attended day 1 of this clinic.

We will use the assessment techniques learned in the advanced anatomy clinic to make trimming decisions. We will do a basic intro to reading radiographs before we begin the exercise. Feet will be x-rayed prior to trimming, and again post trim. We will be able to critically assess how our trim impacts the position of the hoof capsule in relation to the bony column.  Each participant will then complete a self guided dissection/exploration of their foot.


Attending a PHCP beginning anatomy clinic is highly recommended to get the most out of this clinic. Maia will be offering beginning anatomy the weekend before. See the details here.

Paige Poss and Jenny Edward’s Anatomy of the Equine online hoof course is highly recommended for beginners and professionals alike.

What to bring

Coffee tea and snacks will be provided. A wide variety of lunch options are available within 5 minutes of venue.

Dissection tools will be provided. Please bring trimming tools, work gloves and dress appropriately for the weather as some work may be done outdoors.


A list of accommodations and other details will be sent to registered participants.

Maia Chaput is a PHCP Certified Practitioner, Mentor, and Clinician. Her specialties include helping horses grow healthy strong bare feet; preventing and rehabilitating common hoof related lameness issues, including laminitis and navicular. She uses hoof boots and composite shoeing as alternatives to traditional metal shoeing when horse’s feet are in of need of support. Maia is passionate about educating and empowering horse owners to play an active role in all of the above, as well as mentoring the next generation of hoof care practitioners through their certification process.

This event is approved for 14 CE credits with the IAPF.