Do you know you can help your horse be sound, happy, and pain-free while you are saving money? Using this course you will discover a different way of looking at hooves, learn everything you need to know about it inside & out, and even learn how to do a basic trim on your own horse's hooves.

Help your horse be sound, happy, and pain-free to unlock his hidden potential through proper hoof care

Do you ever wonder why your horse's hooves just aren't getting better, or why he isn't sound over gravel? Do you find it frustrating not having the money to pay the professionals, or not being able to locate anyone to help you in the first place? Or you just feel that you don't have enough knowledge to know which trimmer to hire, and whether your horse's hooves are in pain or not? It's completely natural to feel overwhelmed with all the information out there, while you just want your horse to be happy.

I've been where you are now, and for many years thought that I was not capable of doing a good job trimming hooves. I left hoof care completely alone and my horses suffered because of it. When I finally learned how to take care of my horse's hooves, they developed chronic laminitis, and later on, I found out that I was taught incorrectly and that how I was trimming was contributing to their pain. I was devastated and needed to start from scratch. I then started learning the anatomy of hooves, started learning about the inner foot, and had mentors to help me every step of the way, and in the process, I helped my horses become sound and pain-free once again. Now I help people from across the globe gain the knowledge to help their own horses, whether that is in identifying the problems in the hoof or helping them take trimming on themselves.

It's surely not an easy job BUT YOU CAN DO IT! It all starts with knowledge and practice. And that's why I developed this course for you.

Imagine helping your horse be sound while being barefoot, even over gravel. Imagine finally having enough knowledge to confidently decide which professional to hire or even how to do it yourself. Imagine having the freedom knowing your horse's hooves are properly taken care of.

What students are saying

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Course Review

Megan Young

This course walks you through some of the basics and more advance aspects of hoofcare. I learned so much valuable information from Louisa. I would definitely recommend others to take this course!

This course walks you through some of the basics and more advance aspects of hoofcare. I learned so much valuable information from Louisa. I would definitely recommend others to take this course!

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5 star rating

Very worthwhile course to do

laura charnock

After learning about tact trimming from Linda Harris, which has changed my life with horses for the better, I decided to also take part in this course . A lot of very good informative information given, very detailed. About the periople, frog sta...

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After learning about tact trimming from Linda Harris, which has changed my life with horses for the better, I decided to also take part in this course . A lot of very good informative information given, very detailed. About the periople, frog stay, heel butress, the inner foot. Highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn about feet. Well set out and very easy to follow .

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This course will give you:

  •  Course content on the inner foot (this part grows the hoof capsule) and the hoof capsule (this is the hoof you see on the outside), teaching you how these two are connected, how they change, their anatomy, and more
  • I'll also discuss hoof distortions with you and develop your skills in hoof trimming, helping you to recognize distortions and adapt the trimming accordingly
  •  Learn how to figure out which trim is best for your horse and how to adapt his environment to help the trimming along. 
  • Also, learn which trimming practices can be damaging to the hooves long term
  • Not only that but you'll also receive my hoof ebook "Understanding Hooves" as a gift 
  • AND a full, personalized hoof evaluation is included within this course which will help you see which distortions are present within your own horses' hooves and guide you as to ways to try and fix them.
  • So you do not only get a ton of knowledge but you also get my help along the entire process. There are also discussion tabs dedicated to questions that come in from students!

BUT WAIT THAT'S NOT ALL! This entire course will be updated with new information and new research as it comes in, so you'll get all the future updates completely FREE!

YOU CAN help reduce the pain in your horse's hooves, whether that is through trimming yourself or by gaining the knowledge to choose the best trimmer and just keeping track of the progress along the way.

I'm excited to help you on this journey and ready to welcome you and your horse to discover your full potential.

(See the course content outlined below) Please remember that this course does not qualify you for anything, it's purely developed to enhance your knowledge and skills so you can improve the life of YOUR horse.

"My horse has quite literally transformed"

"I very highly recommend Louisa Marais’s hoof course and her expertise. The course is very clear, very well structured with extensive theory and practical examples, and doesn’t require any prerequisite knowledge on hooves. It gives a solid foundation and allows you to see and understand your horse’s feet and other horses’ feet even before you really master the practice. On top of that, all of my questions are always answered by Louisa in a very detailed and helpful way, which makes the learning experience even more beneficial. In October 2020 my horse’s feet were in poor condition, even to an untrained eye (cracking, very high sensitivity). Even if the professional that I have had for a while wasn’t necessarily making it worse (as far as I know), there was no initiative at all to make them better. It seemed like I wasn’t losing anything in trying to do it myself, so despite not having had any previous training experience I decided to jump in. Practice is hard, you need to learn to use the tools, to apply the learned theory on the spot, you need to be patient with yourself and your horse who might be in pain or startled by your clumsiness. But what made the difference for me was that I wasn’t alone. From tracking progress through evaluations to concrete trimming advice, I “knew” what I was doing every step of the way. The hoof course is a very good guideline, with clear dos and don’ts and what to watch out for, and honestly, it's very hard to cross these limits once you know them, even unintentionally. But the evaluations and the trimming advice is where it was really taken to the next step for me. By not only explaining the what but also the why, they allowed me to learn specifically about MY horse’s feet, but also to generalize that knowledge to other hooves. I am 6 months in and we still have a long way to go, but my horse has quite literally transformed. The way he moves, the way he stands. I, embarrassingly, haven’t realized how many health and behavior problems were related to him not being comfortable in his feet until that pain started to go away. I still make mistakes and I am scared of setting us back, but so do all of the professionals, and I have the reassurance of Louisa watching over what I am doing and making sure I don’t stray far from the path. It is a learning curve but with the right help every time you get a bit less clumsy, a bit faster, and a bit quicker to see what needs to be done. Louisa is an amazing and very knowledgeable professional and I can truly recommend any of her work and services!" - Anastasia K

Course content

  • 1

    Module 1: Learning about the basics

    • Welcome! + Bonus 1 ebook

    • Bonus 2 - Full hoof evaluation

    • NEW Bonus 3 - Hoof Coaching

    • Lesson 1: Talking wild horses, impact of environment and diet

    • Lesson 2: Foundation knowledge about hooves (part 1)- inner foot anatomy

    • Lesson 3: Foundation knowledge about hooves (part 2)- hoof capsule anatomy

    • Lesson 4: Foundation knowledge about hooves (part 3)- measurements and mapping

    • Lesson 5: All about periople skin (part 1) - it's function

    • Lesson 6: All about periople skin (part 2) - when to trim and when not to trim

    • Lesson 7: All about periople skin (part 3) - the clues it gives us into hoof health

    • Lesson 8: Your toolbox for this journey

    • Test your knowledge! Just for fun

  • 2

    Module 2: Hoof wall

    • Lesson 1: The heel buttress (part 1) - how it relates to the inner foot

    • Lesson 2: The heel buttress (part 2) - identifying it

    • Lesson 3: Horn tubules (part 1) - relating it to the inner foot

    • Lesson 4: Horn tubules (part 2) - how they move

    • Lesson 5: Horn tubules (part 3) - identifying excess hoof wall

    • Lesson 6: Growth lines (part 1) - what it tells us about the inner foot

    • Lesson 7: Growth lines (part 2) - learning to adjust our trim according to what we see

    • Lesson 8: Hoof wall issues (part 1) - Flares and Run forward heels

    • Lesson 9: Hoof wall issues (part 2) - Contracted heels and cracks

    • Lesson 10: Evaluating the hoof size

    • Lesson 11: Trimming practices (part 1) - Terminology and how much to take off

    • Lesson 12: Trimming practices (part 2) - what we don't want to do

    • Lesson 13: The white line and water line (part 1)

    • Lesson 14: The white line and water line (part 2) - different colours

    • Test your knowledge! Just for fun

  • 3

    Module 3: Softer tissues

    • Lesson 1: Relating the frog and bars to the rest of the hoof

    • Lesson 2: Analysing frog and bar growth (part 1) - correct growth

    • Lesson 3: Analysing frog and bar growth (part 2) - distorted growth

    • Lesson 4: Understanding the frog stay (part 1) - why it's important

    • Lesson 5: Understanding the frog stay (part 2) - when it doesn't want to grow

    • Lesson 6: Identifying the frog stay

    • Lesson 7: Discussing the digital cushion

    • Lesson 8: Talking about the sole (part 1) - it's true shape

    • Lesson 9: Talking about the sole (part 2) - the heel and sole connection

    • Lesson 10: Talking about the sole (part 3) - Encouraging thick sole growth

    • Lesson 11: Softer tissues related to hoof issues (part 1) - Retained sole and sole exfoliation

    • Lesson 12: Softer tissues related to hoof issues (part 2) - Contracted heels and flares

    • Lesson 13: Softer tissues related to hoof issues (part 3) - Run forward heels and founder hooves

  • 4

    Module 4: Preparation for Trimming

    • Lesson 1: How to prepare the hoof for a proper trim

    • Lesson 2: Documenting trims

    • Lesson 3: Trimming hoof wall - a discussion

    • Lesson 4: Trimming softer tissues - a discussion

    • Lesson 5: Evaluating the hoof before you begin

    • Trimming Checklist

    • Checking in - progress check

  • 5

    Module 5: Getting to the actual trim

    • Lesson 1: Heels and hoof wall

    • Lesson 2: More on hoof wall

    • Lesson 3: Frog

    • Lesson 4: More on the frog

    • Lesson 5: Sole and bars

    • Lesson 6: More on bars

    • Let us know what you think