Donkey Hoofcare and Rehab Clinic with Pete Ramey
For farriers, vets, and owners
About the Clinic
At last! A hoof care clinic which focuses on donkeys!
Pete Ramey was particularly sought out to conduct this workshop because of
his concern and recognition for the lack of information on donkey hoof
care which led to his creation of a comprehensive donkey hoof care course
designed for owners, farriers and veterinarians encapsulated in the
3 DVD set
Donkey Hooves: Inside and Out
This DVD set is an excellent educational work and we highly recommend it in
general and as great preparatory material for this workshop.
To provide the essential background necessary for diagnosing and correcting
donkey hoof issues and for
hoof health, this clinic begins with an indepth look into the physiology
and anatomy of the donkey hoof and discusses how they differ from horses.
It will also provide an understanding of how a donkey's overall lifestyle
and diet are critical components of hoof health and will present insights into
donkey behavior and how to work with them.
But most of the clinic is
a practical workshop with live demonstrations on six animals (mostly
donkeys but perhaps a mule or horse for comparison purposes) which
will demonstrate the practical application of
the information previously
presented and Pete Ramey's knowledge and experience.
Class size is purposely limited to 15 to allow participants to closely watch
and actively engage with Pete during demonstrations.
About Pete Ramey
Pete Ramey is a farrier specializing full-time in laminitis
and caudal foot pain cases and an educator dedicated to the rehabilitation
and prevention of hoof problems.
Aside from his local practice, he
has traveled the world working on “hard cases” and teaching, written two
hoof care books,
produced a very
dedicated to the rehabilitation and prevention of
hoof problems, and co-founded the
American Hoof Association (AHA).
Pete Ramey began his farrier training in 1994 through a two-year local
apprenticeship. He also shod his own herd (25 horses in work as mountain
trail horses) before officially going into business in 1996.
beginning, he was inherently drawn to laminitis and caudal foot pain
cases—immersing himself in the study of rehabilitative trimming and
shoeing techniques. But it wasn’t until 1998, when he began informal
training by Cindy Sullivan, that things really started falling into place.
She introduced him to a whole-horse way of thinking about hoof problems.
Over the course of the next two years, he bought some 30 horses with hoof
problems from the “killer pens” to advance his skills and give the horses
a second chance. He became forever addicted to the study of equine
soundness and rehabilitation.
He lives in the Georgia mountains with the love of his life and 4 great kids.
You can find out more about Pete and his practice by visiting his
- Before the clinic begins, everyone in attendance will be required to
sign this release form.
- Things to Remember (From Pete's website):
- Food and water.
Bring a lunch, snacks and adequate beverages to sustain you throughout the
clinic. You’ll want twice as much as you think.
Adequate clothing. It always seems to surprise people—how cold they can
get standing or sitting all day in one spot. Be prepared for it to be
colder than you expect (in winter) and hotter than you expect (in summer).
Expect it to rain or snow, no matter what the weatherman says. If you
aren’t comfortable, you won’t remember a thing from the workshop. Come
- Folding camp chair.
- Notepad and pen.
Hotel/Motel reservations. A list of accommodations in the area will be
provided. Don’t forget to make early reservations—some of these small
towns can fill up fast.
Be courteous to others. No profanity, alcoholic beverages or illegal
activities during the workshop— this is a family environment. Avoid
unrelated conversation near the work area. Back up a step and give Pete
and the horse room to move, and allow others to see—just use common sense
and courtesy—act like you hope everyone else will act.
Register / Enroll
This workshop has no seats available from the number allotted
to Hudson Valley Donkey Events.
However... A portion of the available seats are sold through Pete Ramey's
website and you may find that he still has some seats available. To find
Pete Ramey's Workshop Schedule
page and look for the "New Paltz, NY Donkey Workshop".
Seats may become available at the last minute due to drops. If you would like to be
put on the waitlist for this clinic, please