Integrating Hoof & Body Health

 


ABOUT US

LH is an educational corporation. Our programs are designed around the recognition that the feet of equines and other ungulates are a living part of the whole body and that the relationship between hoof and body is reciprocal and inseparable. Factors that affect the health of one, either directly or indirectly, affect the health of the other.

The information in our programs is vitally important for understanding the risk factors, causes, and management of hoof pathologies and for properly identifying the origins and treatments of hoof, gait, and postural abnormalities. Hoof shape and health are also essential diagnostic windows into the state of overall physical and mental health.

Established in 2003 by Bruce Nock, M.S., Ph.D.

 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

LH recognizes the diversity of the community interested in hoof care. Accordingly, we have programs for horse owners to equine veterinarians and zoo professionals. We offer three internationally-recognized equine hoof care training programs, a Masterclass designed exclusively for veterinarians and animal chiropractic practitioners, and a program for zoo professionals.


Advanced Seminar for Equine Clinicians

The Masterclass


Designed especially for and limited to veterinarians and animal chiropractic practitioners, this four-day seminar provides in-depth information about the interrelationship between hoof and body health and factors that increase or decrease the risk of pathologies and abnormalities.

Hoof Care Training Programs


All three programs begin with the Gateway Clinic.

Training & Certification For People Aspiring To Be Hoof Care Professionals

This course is for people seeking a career in hoof care or who are already trimming professionally and want to augment and validate their knowledge and skill through our certification program.

Training & Certification for Mounted Professionals

The Houston Mounted Police helped to legitimize natural hoof care when they successfully transitioned their horses from shoes to barefoot. Seven Houston Mounted Police Officers have attended our training programs. Now, LH offers a training program, led by Houston Police Officers Scott Berry and Danny Pryor, designed especially for people who care for mounted working horses.

Don’t think your horses can go barefoot? Read Mounted Police: Why Your City Can and Should Have Mounted Police written by Dr. Bruce Nock, M.S., Ph.D. & Senior Police Officer Scott D. Berry, BAAS, MSSL. 

Training & Support for Non-professionals

A program designed for non-professionals who want to trim their own horses or want to knowledgeably evaluate the health of their horse’s hooves and the work of their professional hoof care provider.

 

Training For Zoo Professionals

Announced 2020

Launching 2022


People have been trying to maintain and improve the health and integrity of the hooves of horses for hundreds of years. A lot was learned over those years. Until recently, however, most of it was about how to prepare and apply shoes or some other artificial contrivance … none of which is in any way relevant to barefoot zoo animals. Successful hoof care for animals living in captivity requires a multifaceted approach that includes trimming that encourages the hoof to grow into its optimally-functional aboriginal form along with a lifestyle and environment that support hoof and animal health and prevents the emergence of abnormalities and pathologies. These principles and the methods to implement them are the focus of the LHZ Clinic and the certification program.

We are currently exploring potential venues for an LHZ Clinic for Zoo Professionals. Contact Bruce at BruceNock@mac.com or text +1 314.740.5847.

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

2022

  • May 23 – May 26, 2022:   Masterclass.  White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, Arizona. 
  • October 12 – October 15, 2022:   Masterclass.  White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, Arizona. 

*All three equine hoof care programs begin with the Gateway Clinic. Other than Gateway Clinic, all other phases of the hoof care training programs are scheduled at the convenience of students and instructors.