This course is for horse owners who wants to trim their own horse's hooves

Help your horse heal

  • Gain the knowledge and gain the confidence

    Confidence comes with knowledge. When we know what we are doing, our fear of making a mistake reduces.

  • Learn about the connection

    It's more than just anatomy, it's about how the hoof we see on the outside connects with the soft tissue that sits inside, as well as how these two affect each other.

  • Get your own personal mentor

    It's so much easier if you can share this journey with someone who has been through it themselves, and that's why I'm here with you for every step.

Help your horse be sound, happy, and pain-free to unlock his hidden potential by providing him with the best hoof care and trimming

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 professional trimmer each month, or not being able to locate anyone to help you in the first place? But you just feel that you don't have enough knowledge to know how to do this yourself, and feel a little scared and overwhelmed by the idea of it. It's completely natural to feel overwhelmed with all the information out there, while you just want your horse to be happy.

It's surely not an easy job BUT YOU CAN DO IT!

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

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 all starts with knowledge and practice. And that's why I developed this course for you.

You get way more than just course content

As with all TrulyTrust courses I aim to give you more than what you pay for. This is why I include many extra bonus material within every course, and this course is no exception. Within the course content you'll learn about the inner foot (this part grows the hoof capsule) and the hoof capsule (this is the hoof you see on the outside), you'll discover 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 recognise 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. Further you'll also receive bonus material:

  • Full hoof evaluation

    $35 value

    Hoof evaluations help to identify distortions in your own horse's hooves. An analysis of the hooves, showing you in which areas your horse might be experiencing pain and how it could have developed.

  • Hoof Ebook

    $10 value

    This ebooks discusses various areas of hoof care such as anatomy, myths you might have been told and the truth behind them, the role the heel buttress plays in your horse's hoof health and more.

  • Personalised help and coaching

    $50 value

    All your hoof related questions will be answered, taking your learning to the next level. And if you choose to trim your horses hooves (or already do) then there's a couple of trim consults included as well!

There's even more bonus material!

If you trim your own horse's hooves, or you're very involved with keeping records of your horse's hoof health and progress, then these bonus materials are specifically for YOU

  • Trim Document & Evaluation form

    To keep track of your horse's progress

    The evaluation form helps you to identify distortions in your own horse's hooves while challenging you to think about why they might have developed and how one could go about addressing it. The trim document helps you to document all the trims done on your horse's hooves so that you can figure out which trim is best for your specific horse.

  • Trimming Checklist

    To help you make sure everything is trimmed

    It's easy to forget which areas of the hooves can be trimmed, and which you should trim on your own horse. This checklist helps you to keep track of what you did trim and what you can still trim so you don't forget about parts of the hoof.

  • FREE updates and lifetime access

    To give you up to date course content

    The entire course will be updated with new information and new research as it comes in, and you also get lifetime access so you can go through the course as it fits your schedule. You also don't have to worry about finishing the course in a given time frame, and you have the chance to come back and review the information again and again.

That's more than $100 IN BONUSES that you get on top of the course content!

What students are saying

5 star rating

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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"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

YOU CAN help reduce the pain in your horse's hooves. You are more capable than you realize. You already have the passion, drive, and love for your horse, now USE THAT! 

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 in more detail) 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.

Course content

See the course content outlined below, with everything you'll learn

  • 1

    Understanding the basics (level 1)

    • Welcome! + Bonus 1

    • Lesson 1: Applying the V.I.B.R.A.N.T approach to hooves

    • Lesson 2: Basic inner foot anatomy

    • Lesson 3: Basic hoof capsule anatomy

    • Lesson 4: Deeper inside the inner foot

    • Lesson 5: The hoof-inner foot connection

    • Lesson 6: The function of periople skin

    • Lesson 7: The white line vs water line

    • Lesson 8: The different colours of the hoof and their meaning

    • Lesson 9: The MOVEMENT of the hoof capsule - learning about horn tubules

    • Lesson 10: The GROWTH of the hoof capsule - learning about growth lines

    • Lesson 11: The function of the frog stay

    • Lesson 12: Concussion and shock absorption

    • Lesson 13: Sole importance and it's true shape

    • Test your knowledge, just for fun

  • 2

    NEW The impact of external factors on the hoof (level 1)

    • Lesson 1: Dry vs wet environments and the effect on the hoof

    • Lesson 2: Hoof Exfoliation and Growth

    • Lesson 3: Nutrition for a healthy and strong hoof

    • Lesson 4: Conformation and it's impact

    • Lesson 5: Compensation disguised and conformation

    • Lesson 6: Conformation vs compensation: The front

    • Lesson 7: Conformation vs compensation: The back

    • Lesson 8: The muscle-hoof connection: discussing the front of the body

    • Lesson 9: The muscle-hoof connection: The hind end

    • Lesson 10: Assessing muscle tension

    • Lesson 11: Hoof handling the positive way

  • 3

    Identifying that which can cause pain (level 1)

    • Lesson 1: Different types of heels and their impact

    • Lesson 2: Flares and different causes

    • Lesson 3: Understanding Run forward heels better

    • Lesson 4: Contracted heels and the link to soft tissue

    • Lesson 5: Bruising on different parts of the hoof

    • Lesson 6: Different cracks and their origins

    • Lesson 7: Coffin bone rotations - laminitis & founder

    • Lesson 8: Coffin bone rotations - negative palmar angles

    • Lesson 9: Detecting early white line disease

  • 4

    Learning to read your horse's hooves (level 1)

    • Lesson 1: Identifying a strong heel - 5 factors to look at

    • Lesson 2: All about hoof angles and why they are important

    • Lesson 3: Evaluating the hoof size

    • Lesson 4: Identifying the frog stay

    • Lesson 5: Identifying excess hoof wall

    • Lesson 6: The clues periople skin growth can give us

    • Lesson 7: The clues frog and bar growth gives us

    • Lesson 8: Understanding different trim schedules

    • Test your knowledge! Just for fun

  • 5

    Adapting your trim - why and when to trim different areas (level 2)

    • Lesson 1: Your toolbox for this journey

    • Bonus 2 - Full hoof evaluation

    • Encouraging thick sole growth for better protection

    • What to avoid in a trim

    • When to trim and when not to trim periople skin

    • Why and when to trim the frog and bars

    • What to do when the frog stay doesn't want to grow

  • 6

    Tackling specific issues - the theory of a good trim

    • Theory of our trim - What to do about contracted heels and flares

    • Theory of the trim - Run forward heels and founder hooves

    • Trimming terminology and how much to take off

    • Documenting trims

    • Evaluating the hoof before you begin

    • Trimming Checklist

    • Checking in - progress check

  • 7

    Getting started with a basic trim - practical (level 2)

    • Bonus 3 - Hoof Coaching

    • How to prepare the hoof for a proper 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

    • Well done! Get your certificate of completion now!

Don't want to trim but still want to learn more?

Consider investing in Hoof health Mastery level 1 that was created for the average horse owner, in which you will learn how to act preventatively and give your horse the healthiest hooves possible