The LTZ is a state-recognized training center and an officially recognized training company for training as a hoof carer (Switzerland). In addition, the LTZ is QM-certified. This recognition is based on our special training concept. It is method-open or method-independent and holistically oriented. This means that we teach all relevant trimming theories on the hoof. As a prospective hoof expert, you can fall back on all common methods.
Michael Zanger is a hoof trimer, hoof technician, state-certified farrier (Holland)
Studied biology with a focus on zoology and anatomy at the University of Heidelberg. He then gained professional experience in the area of controlling communication processes
Patent holder for a digital measuring method to determine the hoof angle.
His work has been nominated multiple times for the Equitana Innovation Award.
Research partner of the University of Nürtingen-Geislingen and Mannheim.
I am repeatedly asked how I actually came up with the idea of founding an institute for the training of hoof trimmers and hoof technicians.
This question takes me back to my beginnings in hoof trimming. I still remember the first time I picked up a hoof knife and hoof rasp and got started. Like everyone starting out in this profession today, you first deal with very practical problems: How do I hold the hoof knife? How do I stabilize the horse’s leg or how do I have to guide the hoof rasp?
When you later take the first steps in your profession as a hoof trimmer, you quickly realize that you have to see the structure of the hoof as the result of all anatomical properties and special features. You realize, that you can only trim a hoof well if your knowledge goes beyond the actual structure of the hoof. You have to think of the horse as a unit of interlocking gears!
Good hoof care should not end at the level of the forefoot or rear tarsal joint. It must take into account the entire movement sequences of the limbs, including structures such as the spine or trunk muscles.
My goal was to offer such an education that looks at the horse as a whole. Today this is reflected in our training concept, which places special emphasis on the biomechanics of the hoof and the horse’s body. With this approach, we were finally able to lay the foundation for today’s recognition and certification of the LTZ as an educational institution.