The Gateway Clinic

The Foundation For All LH Training Programs


The Gateway Clinic (GC) is where the road to a professional hoof care career and certification begins. Participants often launch their professional careers immediately after attending the clinic, which gives them an income, as well as valuable experience, while they pursue certification. But the GC is also a very valuable program 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. In recent years, zoo professionals have also found the clinic relevant and extremely valuable for the humane care of their animals and hooves.

Gateway Clinic participants receive hands-on, supervised trimming instruction. Cadaver hooves are used during the clinic so participants can focus on learning to trim without the distraction of handling a horse. This also allows participants to become proficient trimmers without putting a live horse’s hooves at risk.

The Gateway Clinic is also a perfect venue for enlightened individuals seeking authentic information about factors that affect hoof health and the mental and physical wellbeing of horses. Such factors are as important to the development of a healthy hoof as a proper trim … one that encourages the development of a strong compact form with proper alignment of internal and external foot structures.

Watch a video about the Gateway Clinic.

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See a representative GC schedule.

Important Policy Note: In 2019 LH recognized that unforeseeable events (e.g., instructor illness or lack of clinic participants) could conceivably necessitate the cancellation of a clinic. Accordingly, we adopted a policy to help safeguard clinic participants from the unnecessary loss of funds. That is, we strongly discourage clinic participants from making nonrefundable travel arrangements until after registration for a clinic has closed. At that time, we will provide written confirmation of the clinic. If a clinic is canceled 100% of registration fees already paid will be refunded.

Note: As per our policy, we can now confirm that the US Gateway Clinic at the White Stallion Ranch will take place.


The International Gateway Clinic

White Stallion Ranch

A traditional, historic, upscale family-owned and operated Dude Ranch

September 27 – October 1, 2021

The Venue: In the past, people from around the US and 20 other countries attended Gateway Clinics in the US. Now we are officially launching a truly international clinic at a venue we believe will be appealing to both domestic and international clinic participants—the White Stallion Ranch.  Situated between Phoenix and Tucson, the ranch is only 35 minutes from the Tucson International Airport and 90 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It is readily accessible for both domestic and international travelers.

In a normal year, “easily 45%” of guests to this award-winning ranch are from abroad.

The 12 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the United States for 2019

Voted #1 Best Family Resort by USA Today 10 BEST Readers’ Choice Awards – 2018

16 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the U.S. ~ MSN Lifestyle 12/2016

Ranked #1 on TripAdvisor of 133 Hotels in Tucson for 8 consecutive years

TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award  2018, 2019, 2020

Ranked 19th of the Top 25 properties in the USA for Exceptional Customer Service by TripAdvisor in 2014 and 2017

Instructors: Ann Corso, Master Hoof Care Professional and Director of LH Barefoot Initiative; Steve Hebrock (aka Enlightened Equine), Master Hoof Care Professional, Certified Booting Specialist, and retired university professor; Dr. Bruce Nock, MS, PhD., LH founder and Owner, behavioral neuroendocrinologist, and medical school professor. Dora Hebrock, Certified Hoof Care Professional and Straightness Training Instructor will be on-site and serve as a German translator.

Registration: Registration is closed. 

The registration fee includes:

  • The five-day hoof care clinic, Monday 9 AM September 27 through Friday 3 PM October 1, 2021.
  • Lodging. Check-in is 2 PM on Sunday, September 26. Checkout is at 11 AM on Friday, October 1. Luggage will be held by the ranch until the end of the clinic, i.e., 3 PM.
  • Meals at the ranch. The ranch serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Dinner on Sunday the 26th through lunch on Friday, October 1st is included. 
  • Access to all ranch amenities, which includes a heated pool, bar, fitness center, hot tub, evening entertainment, sports court, recreation room, movie theater, sauna, petting zoo, and gift shop.
  • One slow mountain horseback ride.
  • Shuttle transportation to and from the Tucson International Airport is included. Several transfer options from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to the ranch are available but not included in the registration fee.

Please Note: You do not have to have a PayPal account to use PayPal. Use your credit card as a “guest.”

Note: Refunds will be granted up to 30 days prior to the event. A $30 processing fee plus any PayPal fee will be deducted from each refund. No refunds will be granted within 30 days of the event, although the funds may be applied to a future Gateway Clinic. Exception: If border closings due to COVID-19 prevent travel to the clinic a full refund will be granted.

If you are bringing a family member or friend, i.e., a Guest, who is not attending the clinic, please let us know so we can help you make arrangements. Guests, i.e., individuals who are not new or returning students, may not attend Gateway Clinic classroom or Trimming sessions.

Note: The fees to participate in what the White Stallion Ranch calls “activities” are not included in the registration fee because they conflict with the clinic schedule. However, individuals who are not participating in the clinic and returning students can pay for activities at the ranch front desk. Download a list of discounted Activities.


 More About The White Stallion Ranch Area

The White Stallion Ranch is in the Sonoran Desert—a subtropical desert and the most complex desert in North America. – including the giant saguaro, a symbol of the American Southwest. But don’t be fooled by the term “desert” because mountain ranges in all directions offer scenic drives and even snow skiing. It has great diversity in geological structures as well as the number and variety of plants and animals. There are many local attractions to entertain family and friends accompanying clinic participants. Or stay extra days before or after the clinic to fully enjoy surrounding areas and attractions and the ranch’s activities, which are not included in the registration fee, as they conflict with the clinic schedule.

Local Attractions Include:

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – This 98+ acres is a unique combination of zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum, and art gallery, and focuses on educating visitors about the various flora and fauna found in the Sonoran Desert region. It features over 200 species of desert animals and over 1,000 types of plants.

Tombstone – “THE MOST AUTHENTIC WESTERN TOWN LEFT IN THE UNITED STATES. Walk the very same streets where Wyatt Earp and his brothers enjoyed the company of the likes of Doc Holliday! Step inside the historic buildings where a game of Faro or Poker would have called to the weary miner or even inside the silver mine where that precious dollar was once earned! Stand where the legendary stories of the past actually occurred and encapsulate yourself in our authentic Wild West History!” Only 90 minutes from White Stallion Ranch.

Pima Air & Space Museum – One of the largest air & space museums in the world. It features over 300 aircraft and spacecraft at the 80+ acre facility. Learn about the history of the US Air Force with the museum’s historical tour through the ages, and visit a replica control tower.

San Xavier del Bac Mission – This 18th-century Spanish Catholic mission is often considered to be some of the finest Spanish colonial architecture in the United States. Located on the Tohono O’odham San Xavier Indian Reservation, it attracts over 200,000 visitors each year. Come experience the serene atmosphere in one of the oldest European buildings in Arizona.

Kitt Peak National Observatory – Boasting the largest and most diverse astronomical equipment in the world, including 24 telescopes, Kitt Peak offers perfect views of the night sky. Day and night tours are offered.

Biosphere 2 – A center for research, outreach, teaching, and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe.

Sky Islands of the Coronado National Forest – The soaring mountains, deep canyons, and the unique plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert draw over a million visitors a year to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.

Tubac – A “historic destination for the arts! Tubac features over 100 eclectic shops and world-class galleries situated along meandering streets punctuated by hidden courtyards and sparkling fountains.”

The Reid Park Zoo –  A 24-acre city-owned and operated non-profit zoo located within Reid Park in Tucson, Arizona. The zoo features more than 500 animals.

Tohono Chul – Recognized internationally as the premier center for understanding and appreciation of the Sonoran Desert region through its fusion of nature, art, and culture.

Kartchner Caverns State Park – Voted “Best Arizona Attraction” by USA Today 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards. “Enter a secret underground world millions of years in the making — bounding with exotic cave formations rarely seen elsewhere. Marvel at nature’s creations in this living and contained ecosystem. Discover delicate soda straw formations, gravity-defying helictites, drapes of waving flowstone, and the grandeur of Kubla Khan — a formation standing six-stories tall.”

La Encantada – An outdoor shopping center that includes a large variety of luxury and specialty retail stores including Apple, Crate & Barrel, AJ’s Fine Foods, Anthropologie, lululemon, and Madewell, as well as several restaurants