Seeking up to date information about horse care?
Are you new to horses and confused and frustrated by conflicting opinions on horse care? Are you a seasoned horse owner who is seeking up-to-date practical advise on horse health topics?
Equi-Librium Institute can help you make the best choices for horse health!
Most horse owners acquire their knowledge from two sources - other horse people around them and the internet. But if the people around you do not have proper education or training or if they do not stay current with their training, they may not be the best source of guidance. Misinformation is often propagated in the horse community through tradition and old wives’ tales. This results in a “we’ve always done it this way” mentality that may not be in the best interest of you or your horse. It is sometimes initially difficult to tell who’s advice is sage and who is leading you astray. Additionally the internet allows horse owners to bypass professional advice and supervision. Much of the information on the internet unfortunately does not come from credible sources. This leads to a lack of understanding of basic equine needs. Poor husbandry and stress has resulted in increased occurrence of preventable diseases in horses. Poor knowledge of conformation and its repercussions has resulted in the breeding of inferior animals predisposed to lameness.
While the internet can be a source of misinformation, it is also a flexible and convenient way to gain knowledge from reputable sources. Equi-Librium Institute filters the internet for you and provides distilled down, accurate and pertinent information specific to your needs. Our courses are designed with new horses owners in mind but provide detailed and advanced enough material to keep even experienced equestrians engaged and enlightened.
Our veterinarian developed online horse courses are suitable for anyone interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of horse care, horse anatomy and management. We even offer several free online courses! Our affordable online horse courses make learning about your equine companions convenient. We offer hands-on horse courses around the country. A sample of our horse owner classes include:
This course covers the detailed internal and external anatomy and appropriate structure of the equine hoof, and an overview of the most common theories in shoeing and barefoot horses. This course was designed to help you have a deeper understanding of the biomechanics of the equine hoof and the fundamentals of trimming and shoeing. With this knowledge you can work with your farrier and trainer to develop a hoof care regime that in the best interest of your horse and helps you achieve your goals on horseback. This course does not advocate any particular method for all horses but strives to help horse owners realize the horse’s physiology, environment and discipline are all factors in determining whether a horse should be barefoot or shod.
This course discusses common equine emergency situations. Any astute horse owner should be prepared for and be able to recognize and appropriately respond to these situations. This course also details what medications and supplies should be included in a first aid kit. Fundamentals of trailer safety are also discussed.
This is workshop is the practical skills training to goes along with our online Equine First Aid course. This workshop is geared to deal with emergency trauma scenarios that happen in barns or on the trails to stabilize the horse until veterinary help can arrive. In a trauma situation, minutes count. This workshop goes through practical skills needed to stabilize wounds and major injuries/bleeding that can occur on the trail and around the barn. This course is taught by Equi-Librium Institute's Dr. Kelleyerin Clabaugh. Dr. Clabaugh is the owner of premier equine veterinary practice Aramat Equine Services, LLC on the Big Island of Hawaii. Dr. Clabaugh has over 13 years of extensive experience in treating equine traumatic injuries and emergency medicine.
This course covers gastrointestinal anatomy and function. Common dysfunctions and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract related to poor or inappropriate nutrition are covered. Nutritional requirements for normal GI functions in hind gut fermenting species are detailed emphasizing forage versus formulated diets, fats sources and vitamin and mineral supplementation.
This course discusses the logistics of having your horse on your own property versus at a boarding facility. For equestrians interested in taking on the responsibility of having their horses at home, this course covers equine facility design recommendations, manure management strategies, pasture management strategies and toxic plant identification.
An extensive review of herd dynamics, anatomy, physiology and organ systems.
Every equestrian should be able to recognize particular breeds on sight. Knowledge of each discipline and its appropriate tack will allow you to understand the expectations of the horse and potential medical issues common to that breed and discipline.
This comprehensive course educates the student in understanding and evaluating conformation. A solid foundation in understanding conformation will assist in selecting a horse, determining what disciplines for which your horse's conformation is best suited, and, for bodyworkers, determining therapeutic approaches.
This course covers phototherapy theory and its applications in managing equine wounds, soft tissue injuries, muscle soreness and the equine sore back. This course includes a detailed discussion of LED and laser therapy, including current controversies. You will learn appropriate phototherapy application guidelines and how to calculate dosing based on device parameters.