This June, Olsen Equine will be offering two shoeing and trimming clinics in Dupree, SD. Attendees can choose from two five-day sessions: June 19-23, and June 26-30. CRST Members are welcomed to apply for a partial to full financial assistance. For more details, contact Lee.
I am very pleased to offer 5 day shoeing and trimming clinics. In that time you will learn how to safely and confidently trim and shoe your own horses. Basic anatomy, conformation, and horsemanship will all be covered as well. It will be a week that will truly change your life. You will forever have the ability to shoe and trim your own horses. And if someday you decide you would rather pay someone else, you will always be able to replace lost shoes or trim when an emergency arises. Perhaps the most important part is that you will always know what a good shoeing is suppose to look like, and how the feet function. Teaching and Farriery are both passions of mine, If you come to learn you will not be disappointed! Satisfaction Guaranteed! You will not be a professional farrier upon completion. It takes many years to become a "Professional Farrier" no matter how you go about it. Registration will be opening soon, so stay tuned for details. Each clinic will be limited to eight people. By Lee Olsen NOTE: See updated 2017 Clinic info here
Lee Olsen was recently featured in the Superlooper and Dally Times Enjoy reading the full article! If You Think Hiring a Good Farrier Is Expensive, Try Hiring a Bad One! Have you ever heard that a farrier didn’t stand a horse up enough? Or maybe that he cut all of the heel off and ruined a horse’s foot, perhaps creating a navicular because of it? Chances are that you have heard of this problem at one time or another. Many horse owners want their horse stood up to please their eye, when actually it is structurally wrong for the horse. All farriers will deal with this dilemma at some time or another. So where does the confusion lie? It is a very common misconception that leaving excess heel on your horse will help stand them up. This couldn’t be any further from the truth, and the consequences will take on a downward spiral of events. As the heels grow longer, they will grow forward and at a greater angle than the toe. When excess heel length is left it will become leveraged and result in crushing the heels, forcing the heels and the foot itself to run forward. A common fix for this is to fit the shoe excessively full. The problem without fixing the trim is that it will only cause more leverage (because length is leverage), resulting in the heels crushing even more. When this happens, the load and force is transferred to places it wasn’t intended to be. As a result, the psychics of the whole limb are negatively affected. The first indicator will be a negative Palmer Angle, meaning the foot is becoming broken back and is starting to run forward. When that happens, you know that the digital cushion and heel tubules are in trouble. The foot has run forward, crushing the heels and bars. Possible effects include quarter cracks, contracted heels, bruised heels, corns, heel pain, soft tissue injuries, sore suspensory injuries, etc. Once such complications exist, corrective shoeing will need to be done by a knowledgeable foot care professional. The saying “If you think a good farrier is expensive, try hiring a bad one” applies very well here. From vet bills for diagnosing why your horse is lame, to down time from competing and corrective shoeing bills, the cost is high. And unfortunately, there is no guarantee your horse will make a complete recovery. As with everything, there is an exception to the rule. Some horses will be shod with stacked, run-forward heels and never take a lame step or pull a shoe. Also, there will be the horse that is too far gone [...]