Funded by the EU’s Leonardo da Vinci transfer of innovation program
In many European countries farriers play an important role in the equine health system. Today, the role of horses in European societies has less to do with their previous use in agriculture, but far more as a valued partner in sport and leisure with socio-emotional significance (human-animal bond). Society’s heightened awareness for animal welfare and horses‘ well-being has led to an increasing demand for highly qualified equine professionals both in the farriery and in the veterinary professions. The individual nature of national equestrian culture is reflected by fundamental differences in farriery training and considerable variation in farrier proficiency and quality. Many centres of farriery training are not adequately equipped with up to date farriery or podiatry teaching material in their native language.
With the help of a grant from the Leonardo da Vinci transfer of innovation program for life-long learning the eHoof project aims to establish a standard for farriery training across Europe. The objective behind this state-of-the-art teaching aid is to secure a high level of education resulting in highly qualified, skilled professionals and to cultivate an exchange of expertise between two equine professionals, farriers and veterinarians.
e-hoof’s educational partners
Armed Forces Veterinary Service, Medical Services Sector, Armed Forces Logistics
Associació de Ferradors de Catalunya (AFC)
British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association (BFBA)
Erster Deutscher Hufbeschlagschmiede Verband e.V. (EDHV)
Nederlandse Vereniging van Hoefsmeden (NVvH)
Österreichischer Hufschmiede Verband (ÖHV)
Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London, UK
S Håndværk & Industri (DS)
Svenska Hovslagareföreningen (SHF)
Union Français des Maréchaux-Ferrants (UFM)
Veterinary Service and Armed Services Animals Competence Centre, Logistics Training Association
Živnostenské společenství podkovářů (ZSP)