Gene Armstrong

Clinic

 

The connection between Horsemanship and Farriery

Coming this spring

 

“No hoof no horse”

 

Think about that statement…….. What does it mean to you and the horse, your friend and athlete? Why do some horses need shoes and others don't? What is your farrier doing to your horse and why? Why are some horses' hooves 2 different sizes? Why are some shoes put on hot and some cold? What is balance in a hoof? Do you know what a healthy or diseased hoof looks like? Come learn!

 

GENE ARMSTRONG is coming this spring to share his vast knowledge of farriery and the connection it has to horsemanship. You will gain a basic understanding of the mechanics of the leg and hoof, how shoeing/not shoeing/riding style affects your horse. You will get an appreciation of the art of farriery as well as much more. This clinic is designed for people that crave more knowledge. It will be very informal. Classroom in the a.m. Horses in hand in the afternoon.

 

GENE ARMSTRONG is an excellent speaker/ instructor. He is Journeyman Certified and has shod horses (various breeds and disciplines) professionally for over 40 years, Inducted into American Farriers Association Hall of Fame, West Coast Regional Examiner for the A.F.A. Certification Program, Professor Emeritus at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo, taught Farrier Science classes and Equine Science classes. He also breeds, trains and shows his own horses in NRCHA events. This clinic is open to any discipline and everyone is welcome! Bring your questions and your horse. Space is limited. Call to hold a spot for you and your horse! 2 day clinic Auditors $30 per day. $200 with horse for the weekend.

 

·         Gene Armstrong is Journeyman Certified and has shod horses professionally for over 40 years.

·         Mr. Armstrong has been inducted into American Farriers Association Hall of Fame.

·         He has been the West Coast Regional Examiner for the A.F.A. Certification Program for the past 11 years.

·         Gene was the instructor of the Farrier Science classes and Equine Science classes at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo for 35 years.

·         Gene also breeds, trains and shows his own horses in National Reined Cow Horse events, he also enjoys packing with horses and mules in the mountains. 

 

This clinic is designed for, but not limited to, people who own horses.  Everyone is welcome. You will acquire a  basic understanding of the mechanics of the leg, how shoeing/not shoeing affects your horse, how your riding style may dictate what the farrier will do, how to handle your horse properly for the farrier, you will get an appreciation of the art of farriery as well as much more.

 

 Saturday will start with an informal discussion, question and answer session regarding horse owner and farrier concerns.  Topics will include proper hoof care and basic anatomy of the lower leg. The day will continue with demonstrations on preparing your horse for the farrier and safe handling techniques.

Sunday will continue with horsemanship as it pertains to farriery as well as shoeing and how is pertains to riding.  This is a hand’s on clinic.  Those who bring horses, be prepared to use them on both days, ground work and under saddle.  Bring your questions and your horse!!

 

Start time: 9:00 am both days, break for lunch

Facility: Rancho Cerro-Classroom and covered arena

Clinic fees: $200.00 (includes both days)

$100.00 Non-refundable deposit

Make checks payable to:       Tracy Maurer

                   P.O. Box 652

      Livermore, Ca. 94551

Audit fee: $30.00 one day, $50.00 for weekend

 

Trailer in fee: $10.00 for weekend (payable to Cathy Cerro)

Stall fee:  $10.00/ night (payable to Cathy Cerro)

 

Cash only on day of clinic

($250.00 on day of clinic)

 

 

Contact information:  Tracy Maurer (925)961-0845 or email t_racer007@yahoo.com

 

Hotels:  La Quinta (925) 373-9600

              Best Western (925)456-5422

              Quality Inn (925) 606-7171

 

Location:        Rancho Cerro

                        9300 Tesla rd.

                        Livermore, Ca. (east bay)

 

 From The South: 

680 N. to 84  (Vallecitos. Rd)

Right on 84 towards Livermore.

Go thru 1st light 84 turns into Isabel ave. Stay to left

Isabel to Concannon.

Right on Conannon. Go thru several lights dead ends into N. Livermore (Tesla rd.)

Right on N. Livermore Turns into Tesla at this point

Stay on Tesla past Mines, Vasco, Greenville and Cross rd.

About ¼ mile past Cross rd. on the left is Rancho Cerro.

From the North:

680 S. to 580 E.

580 to Greenville exist. To a frontage rd. turn left. Dead ends into Greenville rd.

Right on Greenville rd. go thru several lights past Livermore Lab to Tesla rd.

Left on Tesla (Stop sign)

About 1 mile on left is Rancho Cerro.

From the West:

580 E to Greenville exist. To a frontage rd. turn left. Dead ends into Greenville rd.

Right on Greenville rd. go thru several lights past Livermore Lab to Tesla rd.

Left on Tesla (Stop sign)

About 1 mile on left is Rancho Cerro.

From the East:

580 W to Greenville exist. To a frontage rd. turn right. 1st stop sign is Greenville rd.

Right on Greenville rd. (back under the fwy.) go thru several lights past Livermore Lab

to Tesla rd.

Left on Tesla (Stop sign)

About 1 mile on left is Rancho Cerro.

 

All: Once on Tesla about ½ mile down is a sharp “s” curve. Those of you bringing horses be aware. There are Eucalyptus trees that mark it also.