Focused on Hoof Health

A weekend course about how whole horse health affects your horses hooves

and what the hooves can tell you about the whole health of the horse.

Hoof Weekend Course

 Have You Got Questions? 

Have you ever wondered what causes under run heels?

Or how Navicular syndrome and disease develops?

I mean, where does it actually start from? What are the precursors to the problem? What are the signs to look out for before the debilitating effects on the hoof capsule start to take effect?

Ever wondered how your horse’s gait affects the shape and strength of the hoof capsule?
How the movement affects the muscular and skeletal development?

How about how the muscular and skeletal development, then affects the gait? How this creates a cyclical cause and effect loop that could either be generating (or preventing) the breakdown or recovery of your horse?

Would you like to understand what each of the structures of a horses hoof should look like when healthy, and how they function correctly? What happens when they’re not healthy and how that affects the whole horse?

How the breakdown of the hooves affects the nervous system, the lymphatic system, the digestive system, the musculoskeletal system, the circulatory system and the endocrine system? And how do each of those systems in turn affect the hooves?

 No Hoof – No Horse! 

We’ve all heard the saying ‘No hoof – No horse’ but it also stands to reason ‘No horse – No hoof’
(well except for the cadaver legs we’ll be dissecting. They’re hooves without a horse attached but I generally prefer hooves with the horses attached :))

So how would you like to spend a weekend with like-minded and generally awesome people getting not only answers to those questions, but real understanding of what’s going on and the inter-connectivity of the systems of the horse?

Day 1


  • Structure and function of the hoof capsule (which is way more interesting than it sounds, I promise).
  • How hoof landing stimulates growth that either strengthens or weakens the hoof
  • Nutrition and digestion, how it affects the hooves, and how hooves can actually affect the nutrition and digestion.
  • The nervous system, how to tell if it’s under stress or compromised and what to do about it.
  • How to spot early warning signs of hoof problems occurring and how to correct them before lameness occurs
  • How to set your horse on the path to recovery if any of these problems have already occurred.
  • What laminitis really is and what to do about it without causing yourself more stress!
  • And a bunch of other stuff that’s bound to come up in conversation when you put enthusiastic horse lovers in a room together with time, tea, cake and a plan!

Day 2


  • Hoof and lower leg dissection. Armed with your knowledge about structure and function from day 1 you’ll see what the structures really look and feel like from the inside!
    You’ll be amazed how robust the structures you think of as delicate are, and just how tiny and delicate many of the structures you’ve never given a second thought to really are!
  • In spite of initial reservations, this is usually the most popular part of the weekend!
  • We’ll look at some real live horses – which granted, you’ve probably already seen before, but this time you’ll be seeing them in a whole new light!
  • We’ll look at gait, how to spot gait abnormalities, and how a horse should be moving.
  • Horse conformation, what’s really the conformation (ie. can’t be changed), and what’s subject to improvement… If you know how!
  • Whole horse health – How to spot the warning signs of systemic breakdown (you’d be surprised how many of these signs get passed off as normal).
  • Simple exercises you can do with your horse daily. We’ll cover the most commonly useful exercises to improve gait, flexibility and whole horse health.

 Want Answers? Clarity? Confidence in Your Decisions? 

When it comes to searching for answers about your horse’s feet, do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of conflicting information out there? Would you like real knowledge and understanding of the structure, function and performance of the hoof and how it relates to and interacts with the whole horse?

Having information isn’t the same thing as having knowledge and understanding. If you have an understanding of how the system works, then you’re able to evaluate new information for yourself.

You don’t need to know all the answers, but you do need to be able to determine whether the advice you’re receiving is sound, providing you with a solution to the problem and a feasible plan of action to produce the results you want.

You won’t be able to learn everything about horse’s hooves in 1 weekend – far from it! But you will be able to gain an understanding of the horse’s hooves – and indeed his whole body, to be able to evaluate advice from other equine professionals so you can make informed decisions, have confidence in your choices and know what questions you really want to ask to get the answers that provide you with real solutions.

 Health, Horses and Hooves 

Please notice that no-where have I mentioned anything about whether there is metal nailed to the bottom of the hoof or not. While I’m sure this will come up over the course of the weekend, as shoes do affect the structure, function and performance of a hoof (if they didn’t there’d be no point in using them at all!) this weekend isn’t about barefoot. It’s about health, horses and hooves.

What I mean is – it’s suitable for owners of barefoot or shod horses and everyone is welcome (unless you’re going to be close minded and evangelical about hoof care practices – regardless of where you stand on the subject!)

Before I attended Debbie’s weekend I would just pick up Alfie’s feet and pick them out just been happy that he hasn’t stood on my toe or snatched his foot off me!!
Well ……after a weekend with Debbie and a hoof I’m looking at things a little different!!
I didn’t realise just how important the hoof is and how much information about my horse’s health I can get from the hooves.
The mechanics on the inside are awesome and some of the structures are so delicate but so strong learning all about their functions is a must for any horse owner. I give much more thought and understanding to my horse’s hooves when I pick them out now.
Thank you Debbie for a great mind filling weekend.

Sarah Jane

My expectation of the course was to learn as much as I could, being a lay person, about a horse’s foot as I had a young unshod gelding and wanted to benefit his wellbeing.
Debbie gave excellent and thorough presentations throughout the weekend using visual and practical aids to assist our understanding. I learned that a horse’s foot needs to be trimmed correctly to enable movement in comfort and balance, to understand the inner and outer structure of the leg and foot, how to feel for a pulse in a horse’s foot to identify possible laminitis at an early stage, to understand how a horse flexes his feet naturally and the importance of good nutrition.
The food provided during the course was delicious and chatting to others on the course was very interesting, a thoroughly enjoyable weekend!!

Suzanne

Location

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Date

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Time

We’ll meet at 9:00 to start at 9:30 and technically we’ll be finished by 4:30 on both days.

(To be honest, if you keep asking questions I’m going to keep answering them, but to avoid too much brain ache I’ll have covered what I had planned by 4:30.)

Refreshments

Lunch and snacks are included...
(seriously! You have to try my browines!!)

Costs

Course cost is £170 per person

Early Bird Discount!

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