Hoof Health Online Course Level 1 - for Horse Owners & Aspiring Pros
Our aim is to present to you the most scientifically up to date and holistic approach to hoof health.
The old saying ‘No Hoof, No Horse’ is just as true as it always was. Thankfully with new science and technology we can better understand our horses’ hooves and the elements that impact their health, and apply this knowledge to help our horses thrive in their domesticated world.
Our team of experienced hoof care professionals work in the field on hooves daily. We are continuously upgrading our own knowledge through continued education, and networking with other hoof professionals, vets and body workers. We want to share the knowledge we have accumulated and make it accessible and digestible to anyone open to learning.
When we own, work with, play with and care for horses, we are their advocates. It is our duty to always be learning and updating our methods to be the most non-invasive, holistic and humane as possible. You get that. That’s why you’re here.
Meet your Instructors
75+ Combined Years Professional Experience in the Horse Industry
- JESSICA FOBERT – Orangeville, ON
Hoof Care Pro, Boot Fitter, Equine Rehab Specialist, Clinician, Mentor, Trainer & Coach, Nutritional Consultant
- JANA HUNTER – Harris, SK
Hoof Care Pro, Boot Fitter, Equine Rehab Specialist, Clinician, Mentor, Nutritional Consultant
- KAILEEN ST.ANTOINE – Lakefield, ON
Hoof Care Pro, Co-Owner/Operator of Hoof Help Canada, Mentor, Boot Fitter, Hoof Rehab Specialist
- ROSEMARY ZWANENBURG – Lower Sackville, NS
Hoof Care Pro, Boot Fitter, Communications and Social Media Management Pro
Who is this course for?
This Hoof Health Online Level 1 course is for anyone with an interest in horses. The course provides an introduction to the various aspects of hoof health in order to support anyone in the equine world. The feet are the foundation of the horse. Hoof function affects the entire body. For this reason, anyone who handles horses will benefit from being able to pick up a foot and assess hoof health.
- Horse Owners
- Horse Professionals – trainers, coaches, clinicians, saddle fitters, etc.
- Horse Health Professionals
- Aspiring Hoof Care Practitioners
- Boarding Facility Owners and Managers
- Riding Students
- Stable Employees
Hoof Health Online Level 1 consists of the following modules! All 16 modules of this course are designed to bridge the gap between daily horse care and science-based hoof study – at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home. Each module has written study, as well as visual examples of the content.
Build a understanding of anatomy, physiology, morphology & pathology
Labeling, understanding, mapping, observing, analyzing and tracking the inner and outer workings of hooves. We will delve into the latest research on how the hooves function, how they are influenced by the horses internal and external environment and what can go wrong and why.
Build the right conditions for healthy hooves
Modules on the topics of Nutrition, Environment, Biomechanics, Posture will help you to help your horse grow and strengthen their hooves.
Build a well rounded, cooperative hoof-care team
Learn the parameters of taking accurate and measurable photographs and radio-graphs, how to speak to your hoof-care providers and how to build a team of professionals, learn about different hoof-protection options from casting to boots to composite shoes and with your team decide what is best for your horse.
Level 1 Modules
- Hoof Anatomy & Function
- Equine Nutrition
- Hoof Protection
- Safe Horse Handling for Hoof Care
- Hormone Imbalance: Equine Metabolic & Cushing’s Disease (PPID)
- Hoof Mapping
- Wall Health
- Heel Health
- Sole Health
- Hoof Infections & Treatments
- Navicular Syndrome
- Posture, Gail Analysis & Bodywork Modalities
- First Aid for Hooves
- Building a Care Team – Hoof Photographs and Radiographs
- Introduction to Distal Limb Bone Disorders
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- Identify the internal and external anatomy of a horse’s hoof
- Describe how the healthy hoof functions
- Analyze the internal and external factors that can impact the health of the hoof
- Correctly identify hoof problems
- Apply strategies for preventing and addressing common hoof health issues
Hoof Health Level 1 Online Course graduates will receive a certificate of completion.
You will also be eligible to attend our hands-on trimming clinics, enroll in Level 2 Online, and work towards becoming a professional hoof-care practitioner or boot-fitter if you so desire!
The mini quizzes for each module are for you to test your own knowledge. For those of you wishing to become professionals, there will be a more formal test upon completion of each level of the course.
You will have lifetime access to the course and we’re here for you if you have any questions!