Equine Soundness is offering Hoof Care Courses for the discriminating
seasoned professional Trimmer or Farrier, the professional Student, Horse Owner and Veterinarian. Years of
experience in the field and in the class room have brought us to this
learning platform. We are proud to offer you cutting edge information in
an appealing format. Please feel free to contact us with any questions
you may have.
All of our
programs are self-paced
Quality and affordable distance education
No classes to attend
Enrollment is open and students may begin their studies anytime
Faculty are available by e-mail to mentor students throughout the
Our certificate program offers students cutting edge information
Students are permitted up to 15 months to schedule and complete their certificate program
The online courses can be taken and completed from anywhere in the world
Are taught by experienced
Quality individual hands-on instruction
Flexible schedule according to your needs
Enrollment is open and students may begin their studies anytime
Instructors are available in
different locations of the US and in Australia
Anyone who wants to study the theory
of hoof care may sign up for these courses, but you have to take them in
order as we know how important every single aspect of the horse in our
is provided throughout the course. Students have the privilege of
sending in and receiving feedback on their case studies.
SOUNDNESS INTRODUCTION TO TRIMMING CLINICJULY 2012Winnipeg, ManitobaCANADA
So you want
to be a barefoot hoof trimmer!Well that should be no problem.So let’s get educated. How
hard can this be, I was told by my Farrier, “you just have to remove
what is long and that is about it”.
we went forward and took some weekend clinics, lots of them and
studied on the internet and we became divas with the rasp and
continued to keep the long walls at bay.We had beautiful looking feet on
relatively sound horses……se we thought.Ignorance is bliss!Gotta love that feeling of not knowing
what is out there and being just fine with that.
In walks Claudia
Garner, and she did just what she said she would do, she rocked and
shook our worlds! She left us
in a wake of short circuiting brain wave destruction.Just when we thought we had a handle on things!We all stopped right in our tracks, like deer in headlights!Now where do we go from here!????
“WE” are a group of professional
bare foot hoof trimmers, farriers, animal chiropractors, horse
owners who trim their own horses, and horse owners that have never
laid a knife to a hoof.
There were 11 of us in total and the ones that were the most
confused and shell shocked were us “Professionals”.
education left us severely wanting in the hoof care world weather we
knew it or not.Claudia
started gently with us by first discussing what barefooting a horse
really means.Then she
continued into natural lifestyle and our eyes began to glaze over as
we all “knew this…” another boring seminar on natural lifestyle..
when will we get to the trimming part.Claudia is very cleaver, if she would have started with day
two on day one, everyone would have left crying!J
naively in the classroom in the morning of day two, we were waiting
to have the visual and verbal conformation of how well we were doing
caring for our horses and trimming their rock crushing feet into
soundness.As the day
progressed we went further and further away from what we thought to
be true.Claudia opened
up to a whole new world of Horse Feet.She opened our eyes widely to a world NO OTHERS had
ever exposed us to.Pathological Hoof Form was
a word and world we were totally unfamiliar with!None of us ever thought about the possibility to trim
unsymmetrical feet differently than any other foot.
The foot is what it is, how
can a trim change that? This
was never taught to us barefooters or farriers.As we all sat there and her descriptions of the pathologies
rained down on us we were mesmerized.Her calmness, matter of fact attitude helped us along to
digest and SEE the
array of pathological feet…..under run heels, hi-lo syndrome,inside the vertical hoof walls, contractions (bulb, frog,
sole, walls, heels) founder, navicular, bi-lateral imbalance,
bi-lateral imbalance with under run or inside the vertical
walls……..OH MY…and the list goes on.
takes and breath, looks at us lovingly, and quietly asks all of
us….”Now What?How is
your trim working for you now?”No one says a word.
Claudia walked into my life, I can personally say, it was a rude
awakening.Her demand to
accept nothing less than perfect while trimming was indeed hard to
take and live up to.I
had the privilege to work with her for 8 days and those days were
intense and without a doubt the best days I have ever spent learning
a new craft!The only
other time I can ever say I have been so challenged and pushed to my
limit was when I was taking my Commercial Pilots License.Any Commercial Airline Pilot when asked will tell you the
hardest thing they have ever done in their lives was passing their
Commercial Pilots License.During the Commercial phase of flying we must learn
EVERYTHING for the first time and this Commercial phase sets pilots
up to continue into ALL
other Flying Careers,
Airline, Air Force or even Space.Truly the hardest of all learning curves.Clearly none of these pilots have ever met Claudia!WOW!
The Equine Soundness Professional
Barefoot Trimming Course is truly the foundation on which we can
stand as Professional Barefoot Trimmers.I have only begun my journey into the Equine
Soundness Course but already I feel the satisfaction and security of
a great institution for professional growth and development into
becoming a Master Trimmer. Master Trimmer is my goal, Hooves are my
obsession and Claudia is My Teacher.
generously has provided horse owners and novice trimmers a
ONLINE Course which is available by contacting her.We (Francine and I…Hoofgeeks Barefoot Hoofcare) recommend
this course to ALL
of our trimming clients who wish to become more familiar with what
we do and why barefoot is the right way to go with their horses.
seriously say to ANYONE who is thinking about a trimming career or
those who are already trimming as a profession to take Claudia’s
Even if they are farriers and make a living with iron, they need to
know how this is affecting the horses and if their clients choose
not to nail iron to the feet of their horses, then at least the
farrier will know how to do a proper barefoot trim.
husband asked me the other day, “Don’t you ever get tired of looking
at horses feet?”I told
him “No, never!They are
fascinating and no two of them are the same.”Humm I would not have said this three months ago?
you Claudia for opening all of our eyes!
Horse be with you!
Pine Rock Equine Services ManitobaCANADAJune
Claudia is a highly intelligent and open-minded person for whom I
have a deep respect. She worked for a while as a Bitless Bridle
Associate Clinician in the early days of the project and, since
then, I have corresponded with her on a regular basis. I subscribed
to one of her excellent seminars on barefoot trimming and learned a
great deal. She is a careful and successful educator and a
hard-working pioneer in her field. She merits support and I wish her
Dr. Bob Cook November 2011 I've been using a rasp on my horses for about
11 yrs now, since I had my first unshod mustang and the farrier told
me I didn't need to call him every time there was a chip on the
hooves (usually it was the quarters but I didn't even know what they
were called back then)and he handed me his old rasp and told me I
could do it myself. Since then I've acquired 5 other horses, 3 were
shod when I got them, all are barefoot and trail sound now.
I really appreciate the great information that
is being shared by Claudia and Equine Soundness. I especially
enjoyed the anatomy sections. I can't tell you how many times I've
tried to find detail on the anatomy of the hoof, inside and outside,
and now here it is, with the navicular bone and the tendons now
revealed, which were previously a mystery to me. The more we know,
the better it is for our horses. I try to encourage even owners of
shod horses to educate themselves about the hooves. Sadly, many are
all too happy to remain oblivious and don't even want to know how a
healthy hoof is supposed to look like.
Thank you for caring enough about horses to
make this valuable information available for horse owners who do
care and are looking for more info.
Kathy N. CA foothills
January 2011 I recently returned from my second
practicum at Equine Soundness with Claudia and wanted to take a few
moments to share my experience. In the two plus years that I have known Claudia as a student
at Equine Soundness she has been generous of her time, knowledge and
resources in helping me further my education and training as a
holistic hoof care provider. Holistic hoof care emphasizes that it is not simply just a
process to trim and balance the hooves, but about balancing the rest
of the horse as well to achieve total well being of the horse for
optimal hoof health. Students are taught the importance of nutrition, environment
and holistic management practices and how they impact both the
mental and physical health of our equine partners.
Claudia extremely dedicated to her students and passionate about
what she teaches.
Thank you for all you do!
Mary Lillie, Massachusetts
Claudia, I just wanted you to know how good the presentation was
last night. The graphics clarified a lot and made it easy to
learn what you were teaching. Even though this is not Greek to
me as I imagine it is for some, I got a much better visual image
of the hoof.
I will have questions once we get deeper into it. Thank you for
2010 The first seminar I attended was with Pete
Ramey, it was two days full of helpful information. I still
needed/wanted more, so I attended a two day and one night seminar
with Gene Ovnicek. After this I thought I had reached the top. I
kept getting cases that were worse than the last so I went looking
again. I still felt that I needed some actual
instruction as all the seminars were helpful but were without actual
instruction so to speak. I searched for months looking to find a
school that taught how to deal with Pathologies. I found Equine
Soundness in Hopkins S.C. (4 1/2 hrs away) I felt that was
convenient enough. I went down to meet the owner/instructor for a 4
hr visit. 8 hrs later she said I had to leave.
I had to see if this was what I needed.
After the first 2 hrs I knew it was, the other 6 hrs were just a
head start on my education. I spent many weekends there getting one
on one training (on live horses and cadavers).
The course was online, with homework every week. It took me 12
months to complete. We had 7 days of training and testing the week
of our exam. This was probably the most difficult studying I have
ever done. There were students from around the world there that
week. I still currently attend online meetings once a week (when I
am home) that are hosted thru Equine Soundness. The online meetings
consist of people from around the world, trimmers, vets, and owners.
Don Vick, North Carolina
I am currently enrolled in the Equine Soundness Hoof Care
Certification [Online] Course. I just completed Day 5 of the
first five-day mentorship portion of the program. What a wonderful
experience it was! I opted to take this program in South Carolina
with course founder, Claudia Garner. She was a gracious host and an
excellent mentor. Her lectures and slide presentations were very
educational, and it was clear when I read the material, saw the
photos of her case studies, and actually met the horses at her
clinic that she really knows her stuff.
Because I live in the Pacific Northwest, I was fortunate to get
started in all this with Equine Soundness' instructors, Jerry Schmidt and
Audrey Bryant. I received instruction from them that was very
helpful, but I still lacked confidence in my abilities. Claudia
provided me with valuable input on technique such that each day I
became more confident using the tools. I'm sure that with continued
supervision from Jerry and Audrey and with feedback from Claudia as
she reviews my case studies, I will continue to gain confidence and
develop more skill as a barefoot trimmer.
I am excited to participate in the second five-day mentorship
program, and look forward to graduating from the course. Claudia's
skill has inspired me to learn as much as I can about hoof care, and
to share my knowledge with as many horse owners as I can. And I have
no doubt that anyone who wants to learn how to trim would do well to
enroll in this Course.
I have to say, this course is
absolutely amazing. There was a lot in the first module that I
already knew, but even so I have learned an incredible amount more.
It is very professionally put together, the material is written in
an academic fashion which is very appealing to me and yet it is very
understandable at the same time.
I have no idea if there are other,
similar courses out there, but I doubt it. It was actually
recommended to me by someone online, so I was a little bit hesitant,
but it has turned out to be a great investment and I'm really
looking forward to the next module.
Robyn Guest, St. Marys, Ontario
My barefoot journey began several years
ago when I became a first-time horse owner. Back then I knew little
about horses and hoof care. After a few unpleasant encounters with local
farriers I knew that it would be important to learn all I could about
I went on to attend a few small clinics
and started researching the many hoof care programs available, that’s
when I found Equine Soundness. I am currently enrolled in
their Professional Student certification program and recently attended a
5-day mentoring session that is part of the studies.
When I arrived for the session I
already knew the basics of trimming. What I learned from Claudia was
much more in-depth: how, when, why and what to trim. We reviewed
theory (including anatomy, hoof function, nutrition and holistic
lifestyle just to name a few) and were taught and practiced the
mechanics of a basic trim. The session was thorough and intensive; we
were challenged and tested each day.
Claudia’s knowledge, experience and
dedication are unsurpassed. She was also very generous with her time
and resources. It’s an excellent program! It met and exceeded all my
I will highly recommend the
Equine Soundnesseducational studies to my future clients and
friends who are interested in learning about natural hoof care.
My interest in hoof care began in 2004,
and was exhilarated when I went to a presentation from Equinextion in
I began trimming myself that fall with
a lease horse, and my trainer due to this experience converted the
entire barn and farm into a more natural living habitat, trimming her
horses and that of boarder/trainees herself.
I knew from day one that I needed to
know more then your basic trim, I tried to research as much as I could,
read the books that were available, and email the people who I could
find to ask everything there is to know.
In 2006, I not only purchased my first
horse, but I also realized that I had this huge inner desire to trim for
other people and their horses! I had taken on a handful of clients, and
kept searching for a school, or a program that would accommodate my
life-style and needs. My search left me defeated and I had also learned
that I was pregnant with my twins Sofia and Liam.
It wasn't until 2008 when Claudia’s
program was suggested to me. I sent one email and after a 2 hour
phone-conversation with Claudia knew that this is it.
Up until then I had taken a few clinics
and trimmed with two other bare-foot trimmers; after purchasing my first
Module I knew I had made the right decision. The information is well
written, well demonstrated, and explained in detail. And even if I do
get stuck on a subject, Claudia is available to answer any questions at
The first 5-day Seminar with Claudia
was intense and very educational. The information presented is much more
in depth, precise and more hands-on then what I ever had absorbed from
any other clinic. I left with a sense of clarity, yet with a lot of room
for new challenges. I am eagerly looking forward to my next 5 days at
Equine Soundness. Thank you Claudia and Thank you Charles.