Holding true to its mission of “Pioneering Innovation”, Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School has developed a new course focused on the issues, information and practical applications needed by the owner of multiple horses/mules. Nowhere in the country is there a course specifically designed to address the needs of this special class of horse owner. While there are many fine one day seminars or web casts on certain specific topics, no organization has developed a multi-day program that comprehensively covers the equine healthcare and first aid issues that are faced daily by the multi-equine owner.

Likely candidates to attend this training program would be barn owners, outfitters, trail ride operators, horse concessionaires, Dude Ranch owners and operators, horse camp managers, barn managers, horse boarding owners and/or managers, horse and/or mule trainers and developers, and of course private party multiple horse owners. Our horse care training will provide valuable and practical advice on diagnosis, emergency First Aid and First Responder procedures as well as general health care management including disease control, immunization and nutrition. The key difference is that the program targets the special needs of horse owners that do not have unlimited budgets or operate high end race or performance barns. The typical attendee of this course must manage equine healthcare taking into consideration the cost/benefit relationship of all major decisions involving treatment and recovery.

Horse Care Training Curriculum

The 5-day course will be divided in modules that will delve into main themes of critical importance to managing a herd of horses or mules. These themes include, but are not limited to: foot and leg; intestines; dental; motor/muscular; conformation and horse selection; fitting of equipment; common wounds and injuries and how to doctor; emergency First Aid and triage; relationship with your vet; communication of vital signs, and; much, much, more.

This special course will be hosted at Swan Mountain Ranch. Participants will fly in on a Sunday, attend the course Monday through Friday, and then depart Saturday morning. Swan Mountain Ranch is used for guests during the Swan Mountain Outfitter’s operating season, and students will find the accommodations very comfortable. All meals will be hearty ranch style, and the facility has state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment to assist instructors in presenting the material. There will be a number of case study horses on the premises to aid in the hands-on portion of the training.

The instructional staff will be led by Jim Ford Certified Eq.D, and Patrick M. Tabor, MBA. Guest instructors on particular topics will be utilized throughout the 5-day course. Participants will receive an extensive participant’s binder, chalk full of details specific to the course as well as additional reference material. Participants will also receive a custom designed equine Wilderness First Aid kit.

The class is limited to only eight participants to ensure a high level of quality instruction and to maximize the student experience.

There is no other program of this nature available for the multi-equine owner. Sign-up today for this unique hands-on course presenting practical thinking and information every multi-equine owner needs to know to manage the health and welfare of their herd.

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