Students keeping draft or other animals on a homestead or farm will be faced with a myriad of challenges. To keep all farm animals at peak comfort and efficiency, they must have sound feet and legs.
With an in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of equine, bovine, and caprine/ovine feet and legs, students will become familiar with underlying structures and functions, as well as gaining appreciation for comparative anatomy. Next, students will move to the determination of normal versus abnormal foot and hoof conformation with both in class and hands-on work, and will be able to determine when and what foot care or veterinary care would be advised in a given situation. Students will develop and practice the skills necessary to trim equine, bovine, and ovine feet. Students will also become familiar with the common diseases, injuries of farm animal feet and legs and have hands-on experience administering these treatments.