Clinic Participant Information and Registration
The clinic will begin Saturday with a 3-hour lecture at 9:00am and then we will begin 3 live-horse demos after lunch. Depending on the horses, the clinic should be over around 5:00 on Saturday. On Sunday, we will start a 2-hour lecture at 9:00, then work on the first horse (of 4) before lunch. Then there will be a two-hour Q&A session ending at 5:00 or 6:00. Both days, we'll take a 30 minute lunch break (bring your own) around 12:00 or 12:30. Pete will evaluate and trim each horse, fit boots or glue-on shoes/boots as needed, and discuss any relevant nutritional and environmental concerns.
It is highly recommended that all participants watch some of the Hoof Rehab DVD sets (particularly Under the Horse and In the Trenches) and read the book Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Foot before the clinic. If participants already have this background information it will dramatically raise the level of the material that can be covered during the clinic.
You will be responsible for your own safety and expected to be courteous to everyone in attendance. No filming or audio recording allowed -- take still pictures and good, old-fashioned notes.
Seven horses will be selected to be worked on during the clinic. If you wish to bring a horse, read the horse requirements page to make sure your horse qualifies. Then fill out the clinic horse form provided. If your horse is selected as a demo horse, we will contact you prior to the clinic.
The clinic is better for everyone if there is a great variety of cases. If your horse is not selected, it is probably because there are other very similar cases for demonstration.
Things to remember:
Food and water. Bring a lunch, snacks and adequate beverages to sustain you throughout the clinic. You'll want twice as much as you think.
Adequate clothing. It always seems to surprise people -- how cold they can get standing or sitting all day in one spot. The clinic facility will be covered, but probably not heated or cooled! Be prepared for it to be colder than you expect (in winter) and hotter than you expect (in summer). Expect it to rain or snow, no matter what the weatherman says. If you aren't comfortable, you won't remember a thing from the clinic. Come prepared!
Folding camp chair.
Don't forget! If you are flying to the clinic, you may ask the clinic host if he/she can provide a chair for you.
Notepad and pen.
Hotel/Motel reservations. A list of accommodations in the area will be provided.
Be courteous to others. No profanity, alcoholic beverages or illegal activities during the clinic -- this is a family environment. Avoid unrelated conversation near the work area. Back up a step and give Pete and the horse room to move, and allow others to see -- just use common sense and courtesy -- act like you hope everyone else will act.
We recommend that you do not book reservations (flights, hotel, etc.) until 60 days before the clinic. In the event that unforeseen circumstances prevent Pete from teaching the clinic, we will refund your $300 entry fee, but we cannot be responsible for compensating you for your travel expenses. In almost 20 years of teaching, Pete has never done a no-show, but perhaps there is a first time for everything. Travel at your own risk.
If you are selected to bring a horse to the clinic, Pete will,to the best of his ability,evaluate the movement and hooves, discuss any issues or problems, trim the horse, and set up a treatment protocol designed to improve the situation for the horse. Pete will also, heat-fit hoof boots, apply hoof casts, pads or synthetic shoes as-needed. The evaluation and labor is included in the workshop price. This does not include the cost of materials (boots, shoes, glue, etc.), which will be sold at the clinic at the low-end of retail pricing.
Before the clinic begins, everyone in attendance will be required to sign this wavier form :