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This is a two-part webinar and both sessions must be taken together. Each session will run about 3 hours with the opportunity for Q & A.

This webinar fulfills the PPID/IR course requirement for PHCP students.


Equine Metabolic Syndrome

Equines at risk
Clinical signs of EMS
Diagnosis of EMS
Management of EMS

Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction = PPID = Cushing’s Disease

Clinical Signs of PPID
Overlap of PPID and EMS
Diagnosis of PPID
Management of PPID


Basic needs of all horses
Estimating caloric and protein needs
Balancing minerals
Dietary needs of EMS and PPID horses
Characteristics of good hay
Acceptable ration balancers and safe bagged feeds


Causes of laminitis
Clinical signs of laminitis
First Aid
Management of the laminitic horse
ECIR Protocol: Diagnosis, Diet, Trim & Exercise

Jaini L. Clougher, BVSc, BSc. Director, Veterinary Advisor of the ECIR Group. Jaini joined the ECIR outreach group in 2009 when two of her then three horses suffered laminitis within three weeks of each other and she started the ECIR recommended protocol for insulin resistant horses. With a focus on obtaining the correct diagnosis, the correct diet, appropriate hoof care and exercise, all three horses recovered.

Dr. Clougher graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management, and from Massey University (New Zealand) with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science; she currently works as a small animal veterinarian. A volunteer member of the board of directors, and the ECIR Group Inc. Director, Veterinary Advisor, Dr. Clougher continues to maintain her special interest in equine metabolic issues, helping other equine caregivers who are now walking the same path.

For technical issue contact webinar host Jeannean Mercuri 631-434-5032 (text preferred).

Webinar recordings will be made available for 1 weeks following the session.

This is a two-part webinar covering a wide range of topics that pertain to donkeys specifically.

  • Insight into donkey behavior
  • Proper handling
  • Donkey safe diet
  • Anatomy and trimming techniques
  • Case studies and much more….

Megan Hensley, the owner of Holistic Hooves, is a traveling donkey farrier, trainer, and advocate who is extremely passionate about the care of all equines, but specifically donkeys. She has 13 years experience handling and trimming donkeys, horses and mules.

For technical issues contact Webinar Host Christina Krueger,  570-460-3731.


Get an in-depth look at hoof anatomy in this advanced clinic.

Anatomy meets trimming! Participants get to trim and then check their trimming inside and out. Every trimmer’s dream!

Every participant will have one or two legs of their own, depending on availability of legs.

You will be encouraged to explore….

Trim half the hoof

Over trim the hoof

Practice with nippers, half-rounds, and different styles of addressing walls

Study the bars, sole, and frog

This is your chance. Do what you like!

At the end of the day, we take the feet apart and explore together. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Paige is available for mentorships before or after these clinics.  Reach out and make arrangements early.

Accommodations available for 2 adults

Kitchen, bathroom, outdoor shower, 2 twin beds for $80/night. Book early

Paige Poss
has dissected hundreds of lower legs and quite a few whole horses. Her passion lies in creating images that teach and using easy to understand analogies to explain complex concepts. Paige is dedicated to learning and to sharing her knowledge. She is a member of the Progressive Hoof Care Practitioners and the American Association of Professional Farriers. Paige has taught trimming techniques and anatomy around the country and internationally, including recent trips to the England and Scotland. Paige currently lives and works in Arizona.

Topics covered

  • Laminitis Treatment
  • Caudal Foot Pain (Navicular Syndrome/Disease)
  • Nutrition and the Hoof
  • Heat-Fitting Hoof Boots
  • Glue-On Synthetic Shoes
  • Estimating Sole Thickness
  • Evaluating Caudal Foot Integrity
  • Balance
  • Basic and Advanced Trimming Technique
  • Plus Other Issues Presented by the Demo Horses
  • Plus Plenty of Question/Answer Time to Cover Whatever the Participants Need

In the horse world, Pete Ramey (hoofrehab.com) probably needs no introduction! After an initial start shoeing horses, he became aware of the deficit of hoof knowledge, management of pathological hooves, and trimming instruction to be found in the pages of farrier texts. In 1998 Pete’s friend Cindy Sullivan introduced him to the concept of natural hoof care. Very quickly, he realized he was learning about the hooves themselves like never before, and that many of the unanswered questions were being answered. In 2000 Pete wrote his first book “Making Natural Hoof Care Work for You,” followed by his very popular and well attended clinics and an array of trimming videos including 16 hours of in depth education in the DVD series “Under the Horse.” Pete has always been driven by the desire to help horses and shorten the learning curve of professionals by providing easy to understand how-tos of hoof care. In 2011 Pete’s second book was published, the comprehensive and critically acclaimed “Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Foot.” Pete is a founding member of the American Hoof Association. Along with traveling internationally for clinics, Pete and his wife Ivy run a busy hoof rehabilitation business and live in the Georgia mountains with their family.

New Name, Same Great Organization!

Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners is now Progressive Hoof Care Practitioners! Yes, it finally happened. We finally realized that a majority of our members do not live on the Pacific Coast, where this organization was born.

PHCP Annual Dues

It’s that time again and automatic-renewal payments are here! We are initiating auto-renew membership subscriptions for all our existing and new members.


IR and PPID: Diagnosis and Management

The most up to date information on equine insulin resistance and Cushing’s disease. Both sessions of this 2 part webinar must be taken together. This webinar fulfills the PPID/IR course requirement for PHCP students.

Booting and Shoe Removal

Covers the various methods of shoe removal for ease and comfort to both horse and trimmer, as well as how to fit and use a wide variety of hoof boots based on performance, rehab and rider needs. This clinic fulfills the Beginning Booting and Shoe Removal clinic requirement for PHCP students.

Beginning Anatomy and Dissection

This clinic begins by introducing students to the anatomy of the lower limb. Preserved specimens and bones will be examined followed by trimming and dissections of cadaver legs. Common pathology will be discussed. This clinic fulfills the Beginning Anatomy requirement for PHCP student.