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Workshops at Liverpool’s Equine Vet Students Club

Liverpool's Equine Vet Students Club

The veterinary students at Liverpool’s Equine Vet Students Club trying on the Finnegan Techniques at this week’s workshop.

Another successful workshop, this time with vet students in Liverpool.

They had a competition to do the least damage to the practise feet when students were searching for objects buried in the feet.

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Training club night at Leahurst Equine Campus

Training at Leahurst Equine Campus

Finnegan Equine provided another training club night in Manual handling and fine hand skills at Leahurst Equine Campus for the final year students on Monday 7th December 2015. The class was oversubscribed and we are arranging another training session for early 2016.

Finnegan Equine demonstrated our manual handling techniques for safe use of hoof stands in routine work. This was using our training legs and feet to show how best to lower the strains involved when handling legs and feet.

We also gave fine hand skill training in the use of our safety loop knives, radius rasps and safety nippers.

It was a great success and the students enjoyed finding and relieving  the “stone bruises” and “thrush infections” hidden in their dummy feet.

Training equipment
Hoof stands, dummy feet, training legs, radius rasps, safety nippers, safety grooms loop pick/knife and prototype adjustable safety nippers with replaceable blades.

We will be posting the results of the student’s feedback survey on the class.

This year we have started offering our Manual handling and fine hand skills workshops to the different Colleges in the UK. We are targeting the colleges in the lower part of the UK first that offer equine vet/nurse/groom training courses. Our 2-hour classroom based course shows the Finnegan Techniques and students practice the safe use of our hoof stands using training legs. Our techniques and stands are proven to reduce by at least 70% the handler strain in even brief routine work and our training feet improve the fine hand skills required by grooms and students to safely inspect and treat feet to improve hoof health/fit competition studs.

Some of the colleges that we hope to be visiting in our first Finnegan Equine Training Spring Tour to provide this training are Warwickshire, Weston, Wiltshire, Herefordshire and Ludlow College, Oxford Brookes, Bristol University’s Langford Equine Centre and the RVC (Royal Veterinary College).

Would you like us to go to your College/Club and get a training night? Contact us to arrange a date.

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RSPCA guidelines

Finnegan Equine’s mission is to improve hoof health and groom’s safety.

rspcaRoyal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) guidelines advise that all horse’s feet should be inspected daily before being ridden.

Inspect hooves daily, including the underside of the foot. Overgrown or unbalanced hooves can cause severe discomfort and damage to the internal structure of the feet, legs and back.

Read more about Horse health and welfare.

Manufacturers of foot oils, creams, ointments and medications recommend that they are applied to clean dry feet for best results.

Young stock need safely trained for farriers, trimmers and vets visits.

A recent Queen’s university study showed a 70% reduction in groom’s strain and a lowering of groom’s heart rate’s when using the Finnegan techniques and the Finnegan Equine’s equipment to carry out routine work.

Finnegan Equine offers owners and their grooms cost-effective tools and techniques for improving their horses hoof health, shod or unshod.

Grooms are empowered to take more care in the light daily and weekly hoof maintenance work proven to improve hoof performance.

More Hoof, More Horse!

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Windsor Castle’s Head Stud Groom recommends our Techniques

Head Stud Groom to Her Majesty the Queen at the Windsor Castle, recommends the Finnegan Techniques.


Mr Paddy Finnegan visited us here at The Royal Mews Windsor Castle with a foot stand and hoofpick/searcher which he has developed. He demonstrated this to my staff using an ingenious idea of using turnips cut out as horses feet and then moving on to a horse/pony itself. His ultimate goal is to save stress on grooms backs, also to provide a comfortable environment for the horse to rest its feet whilst being worked on. Whether this be foot maintenance or studding up at shows this proves to make a significant reduction and takes the strain of the handlers lower back. I think that these products would add great value to new students attending equine colleges etc
We live in a world of Health and Safety these days and I think that Mr Finnegans teaching techniques should be highly recommended in this area.

Terry Pendry LVO BEM
Stud Groom to Her Majesty the Queen