FormaHoof Academy is Open for Enrolment!

FormaHoof launches online training academy to certify equine professionals

WATERFORD, IRELAND

Created by FormaHoof’s team of equine experts, the FormaHoof Academy gives farriers, vets and equine practitioners all the theoretical knowledge and practical insights needed to use FormaHoof to help their clients’ horses overcome a multitude of hoof related issues; from laminitis and white line disease to thin soles, collapsed heels or conformation, developmental and poor performance issues. Even if you’re not an equine professional but are simply looking to expand your knowledge and to fully understand the benefits and application process of FormaHoof for your horse, you can still benefit greatly from the 3-part course.

FormaHoof CEO Alexander Papantoniou comments

“2020 was a difficult year for many industries around the world. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic made face-to-face contact impossible in many situations and for an emerging technology such as FormaHoof, the challenge arose to develop a methodology that would allow for the rapid upskill of new applicators across the globe, in a consistent and sustainable fashion. We needed a system that allowed applicators to be able to complete training on their own terms and in their own time, taking into account the busy schedule of vets and farriers and so we are delighted to launch the FormaHoof Academy.”

 

“When we started the FormaHoof certified Applicator (FCA) program, we knew that combining it with the FormaHoof Academy certification would add an extra layer of security for owners purchasing a FormaHoof service, because they would have assurances that the applicator had completed a formal training that is properly assessed by experienced FormaHoof technical consultants.”

Our FCA’s are our partners

Our FCA’s are our partners in equine hoof care around the world; skilled applicators that are helping their client’s horses overcome a multitude of hoof related issues, from laminitis and white line disease to thin soles, collapsed heels or conformation, developmental and poor performance issues. Through the FormaHoof Academy, the skills and knowledge of these applicators are formally recognised, official certification achieved, and access gained to expanded FormaHoof possibilities, from additional bonus material to enhanced promotional support for our FCA’s own local businesses. If you are a horse owner or stable manager, perhaps your own farrier would be keen to learn more and to become FormaHoof certified? We would be happy to get in touch with them and answer any questions they may have, so please feel free to share this information, or send us their details and we can get in touch.

Filmed in real time

The FormaHoof Academy has been filmed in real time on actual customer horses, to ensure that the experience is as authentic as possible. Covering the basics of a FormaHoof application from start to finish (including trimming techniques), the Academy also discusses best practices for treatment of common hoof problems with FormaHoof. Techniques for business development and customer acquisition are also addressed in the Academy program, giving you the know-how you need to grow your business.

Who should apply

Access to the Academy is open to everyone with an interest in learning FormaHoof techniques, but completion of the Academy assessment and full certification as a FCA requires submission and approval of proof of professional business. All applicants should have fundamental hoof care skills as the FormaHoof Academy is geared toward the transference of FormaHoof best practices and not general farriery techniques.

 

The fee for the FCA course is EUR 99 + VAT, which covers the costs of the core online training, the certification process and the assessment. Our team of experts will continue to add modules to the e-learning environment in the future, many of which will be free of charge to Academy students. New specialist courses on topics such as White Line Disease and Foal Conformation abnormalities and treatments are also in development, to give graduates in-depth knowledge of these specialist areas and which will be available to purchase separately.

 

The cost of purchasing a Starter Kit (or any initial quantity of moulds) is not included in the Academy fee. However, upon successful registration to the course, participants shall receive a discount code for their first purchase.