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.
It was a great success and the students enjoyed finding and relieving the “stone bruises” and “thrush infections” hidden in their dummy feet.
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.
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.
Head Stud Groom to Her Majesty the Queen at the Windsor Castle, recommends the Finnegan Techniques.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
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
Great kit Paddy, thank you so much for thinking of it.
I have found Paddy’s stand a great help to me at shows and events. It not only saves my back when putting studs in but also helps me keep my jodhpurs nice and white.
Really great help for studs
Patrick Finnegan presenting his newly produced Hoof Care Kit to Katie Johnston on Tiffy winner of the 1m show jumping class.
Great work Paddy it makes it all a lot easier to do
Paddy has demonstrated his foot stand, hoof knives and handling techniques to myself and final year students at Liverpool Vet School. I have found his equipment and approach to be both practical and effective and would be happy to recommend their use.
Luke Edwards MRCVSLecturer in Equine Clinical Skills, School of Veterinary Science,University of LiverpoolLiverpool
Paddy’s stand is brill, It is a great help and takes the heavy work out of it all. It giving me the confidence and the extra time to work with even the biggest of our horses.
Patrick Finnegan is someone with grit and vision, a passionate horseman and a highly skilled engineer.
For over forty years, he has honed his skills as a blacksmith and an innovative engineering designer.
He has also proved to be one of the best handlers of young horses I have worked with.
Many thousands of horses both here and across the world have benefited from his work.His completely new products are truly innovative, cost effective and very empowering for all horse owners.
Undoubtedly he and his products are to be trusted.
Harvey SmithProfessional Show JumperOmagh, N.Ireland.