Dr. Bruce Nock, MS, PhD
Bruce launched Liberated Horsemanship in 2003. He currently teaches Liberated Horsemanship students about the logic of an authentic natural trim and how biomechanics, environment and management and use practices affect hoof health and shape.
Bruce has been a scientist for nearly 50 years. Before retiring in 2021 he was a tenured faculty member of multiple departments at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a VIP subject of biographical record in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.
Bruce has published numerous articles of original research in leading scientific journals on diverse topics including learning theory, wild horse behavior, stress physiology, transgenerational and epigenetic effects of environmental and lifestyle factors, steroid hormone receptor localization, characterization, and regulation in brain, developmental, behavioral, and physiological effects of steroid hormones and behavioral factors, sex differences in physiology, behavior, and drug effects, characterization of radioactive and non-radioactive ligands, conformational re-addressing opioid peptide ligands, etc.
Bruce has a deep, practical, and academic knowledge of animal behavior and related topics. He has a Master of Science degree in psychobiology from Bucknell University. He earned a PhD from the world-renown Institute of Animal Behavior, Rutgers University, and continued with four years of post-doctoral studies that focused on behavioral neuroendocrinology. The best part is, he can translate what he knows about animal behavior and physiology into practical information on horse training, use and care … and, he can communicate what he knows in straightforward, understandable terms.
Bruce is the author of the acclaimed books Ten Golden Rules of Horse Training: Universal Laws for all Levels and Riding Styles, and Ride For Tomorrow: Dressage Today and highly regarded articles published in two series entitled The Biology of Natural Horsemanship and Speaker For The Horse.
In addition to LH, Bruce serves on the faculty of The Kerulos Center—a non-profit organization that finds science-based solutions to pressing questions and concerns that affect the lives of animals. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), a broad-based coalition representing over 10 million supporters, and has written a series of commissioned, science-based articles for the AWHPC on how Bureau of Land Management practices negatively affect the long-term health and welfare of America’s wild horses. He has also written a number of commissioned declarations to support legal actions by advocate groups against the United States Government’s management of wild horses.
Bruce served in the Air Force and was assigned to a joint military command composed of Marine, Army, Air Force, and Navy personal. He held a Top Secret clearance and is a Viet Nam veteran.
Bruce lives on Watershed Farm with his wife, best friend, and highly valued advisor Jean Nock.
Ann Corso, MHCP
Director, LH Barefoot Initiative, GC Instructor, Field Instructor, Final Assessment Assessor
Ann was the director of training for the AANHCP during its heyday and departed to co-found the LH Barefoot Initiative with Bruce in 2008. She is a world leader in natural hoof care education who is comfortable in the field as well as in the classroom.
In addition to LH, Ann founded “Kentucky Hoof Care, LLC,” a corporation based outside of Lexington, KY.
Ann is the author of Form Follows Function, an outstanding, informative article about how a proper hoof form facilitates function … a fundamental tenet of natural hoof care. She is also the author of the popular article Confessions of a Recovering Zealot. Both articles can be downloaded free on the LH website.
During the Gateway Clinic, Ann teaches participants how to do an authentic natural trim that maintains internal and external foot components in proper alignment and allows the foot to grow into a strong compact form that functions optimally. Importantly, she also explains the rationale behind an authentic natural trim and why certain trimming practices can do long-term harm and should not be followed. Ann’s extensive knowledge from field and teaching experiences also allows Ann to help participants anticipate and cope with things they may encounter while trimming.
Steve Hebrock, MHCP, CBS, MS
LH Gateway Clinic and Field Instructor
Steve is a retired University professor. He taught numerous classes at The Ohio State University ATI, including equine hoof care, marketing and facilities design, electronics, computer-aided design, and various computer application classes.
He has numerous patents, publications and product designs to his credit. He recently developed computer-assisted, advanced technology for remotely monitoring and analyzing horse and hoof movements. In addition to his masterful hoof trimming and teaching skills, Steve’s background in engineering gives him unique insights into movement and hoof mechanics, which he describes in truly enlightened lectures during the Gateway Clinic … hence, Steve is a widely followed blogger known as the Enlightened Equine. Check out his blog at http://enlightenedequine.com/.
Richard Drewry, MHCP, CBS
LH Gateway Clinic and Field Instructor
Richard became an honored member of LH when he resigned his positions with the AANHCP, which he co-founded. He is a pioneer and internationally renowned in the field of natural hoof care. Many of the leading natural hoof care professionals throughout the world have trained with Richard. He is also known throughout the world for his entertaining stories and insights.
John Graves, MHCP
Field Instructor, Gateway Clinic Instructor
South Carolina, USA
John has retired from a brilliant hoof care career. We are indebted to John for his pioneering contributions as a Gateway Clinic and Field Instructor. In recognition of his unique and valued friendship and services, John is the first of our faculty to be awarded Emeritus status. You can download John’s article My Conversion: A Farrier’s Journey To Natural Hoof Care from the LH website. John passed on his skill and knowledge to his daughter Sarah, who is now our newest Field Instructor (See Below).
Nick Hill, CHCP
Bulgaria & UK
Nick is a brilliant Natural Hoof Care Professional. He travels the world teaching hoof care and exploring new ways to make natural hoof care even better. Nick has been a key figure for many years in promoting and establishing natural hoof care internationally. He is a highly valued friend to and member of the LH Barefoot Initiative.
Officer Scott Berry, CHCP, CBS
Scott is a Houston Police Officer. He was instrumental in transitioning the Houston Mounted Police Detail to barefoot hoof care. Scott, along with Danny Prior, spearheads our Training & Certification Program for Mounted Professionals, i.e., mounted police, park, conservation, search and rescue units, etc.
Officer Danny Prior, CHCP, CBS
Danny is a Houston Police Officer. He was instrumental in transitioning the Houston Mounted Police Detail to barefoot hoof care. Danny, along with Scott Berry, spearheads our Training & Certification Program for Mounted Professional, i.e., mounted police, park, conservation, search and rescue units, etc.
Cynthia Niemela, CHCP, CBS
Field Instructor, Advanced Topic Instructor
South Dakota, USA
Cynthia has exceptional credentials in horse-related fields. She has taught a highly popular Advanced Anatomy Clinic for LH and has encouraged more people to attend our Gateway Clinic than anyone else. Cynthia has been a loyal, valuable friend to the LH Barefoot Initiative since its inception.
Mike R. Smith, CHCP, CBS
North Carolina, USA
Mike was a Gateway Clinic instructor before we called it the Gateway Clinic. He did a brilliant job teaching the Natural Trim Workshop sessions in our “Gateway Clinic” in Italy. A very accomplished trimmer who fluently speaks German as well as English.
Sarah Oliver, CHCP
Sarah hosted our Gateway Clinics in the UK and facilitated them in Spain. She has also helped teach Natural Trim Workshop sessions during Gateway Clinics in the UK, Spain and the US. Sarah is a valued friend to LH. She is always ready to pitch in when needed to make events better.
Polina Vorobyova, CHCP, CBS
Polina traveled to the US and Spain to attended Gateway Clinics. She has been a key advocate for LH and establishing natural hoof care in Russia. Polina is the first Russian LH instructor. She is also an avid sky diver.
Dr. Albert Villasevil Florensa, CHCP, DVM
Albert is a veterinarian and a LH certified hoof care professional. He is a pioneer of the barefoot movement and in the development of hoof boots in Spain. Albert hosted the LH Gateway Clinics in Spain and introduced LH to a number of outstanding natural hoof care professionals in that country.
Eddie Drabek, CHCP
Eddies is a natural hoof care pioneer. He started his journey with natural hoof care by saving two of his own horses with laminitis/founder … horses that vets and farriers gave up on. Eddie now enjoys teaching and having students come to work with him from all over the world.
Mark Taylor, MHCP, CBS
Mark was the Director of Strategic Planning for the AANHCP during its heyday and is now one of our valued field instructors.
Nancy Frishkorn, CHCP
Nancy started as a farrier and transitioned to natural hoof care. She is a highly-skill trimmer with terrific teaching skills.
Louetta Plumlee, CHCP, CBS
Louetta started as a farrier and is now an outstanding natural hoof care professional with years of field experience.
Dr. Neal Valk, CHCP, DVM, DACVS
Field & Advanced Topic Instructor, & Occasional Gateway Clinic Lecturer.
Internally known, Neal was the first veterinarian ever to be certified as a hoof care professional.
Marc Sánchez Carbó, CHCP
Mark helped create the Farrier Officer and Assistant Training Curriculum for the Catalonia Government and Spanish Ministry of Education. He also helped prepare the formative curriculum for the EFFA’s School (European Federation Farriers Association). In addition, Mark worked or over 10 years as a teacher and coordinator at the ECAE (Agricultural and Equestrian Training School of the Catalonia Government for various courses (farrier officer, farrier assistant, expert care management, equestrian tourism guide).
Mark is now a valued LH natural hoof care professional and instructor.
Dr. Geoff Tucker, DVM
Advanced Topic Instructor
Geoff specializes in equine dentistry. He is an experienced horseman whose skill with and understanding of horses shine through when he’s working … no power tools and very limited use of medication. Most importantly there is an elegant simplicity to Geoff’s approach to floating teeth. He has personally floated the teeth an astounding 65,000 horses.
Dr. Don Walsh, DVM
Advance Topic Instructor
Don is an internationally-acclaimed expert on equine laminitis. He is the Founder and President of the Animal Health Foundation (AHF), a non-profit foundation devoted to finding the causes of and ways to prevent laminitis/founder in horses. Since its inception, the AHF has awarded millions of dollars for laminitis research to world-renowned researchers. Don also has personally participated in studies of the wild horses of Australia.
Victor Ros Pueo, BSc, ABT, GAT
Advanced Topic Instructor
A naturalist dedicated to equids. When not in the field, lecturing, or tutoring, Victor offers behavioral consultancy and behavior modification services to horse owners throughout Spain.
Dr. Martin K. Nielsen, DVM, PhD, DipEVPC, DipACVM
Advanced Topic Instructor
Gluck Equine Research Center, Department of Veterinary Science
University of Kentucky
Martin is one of only two full-time equine parasitologists in the world.
Kevin Glenister, CHCP
A former police officer who found a new life as a Certified Hoof Care Professional.
Darcy Bulmer, CHCP, CBS
British Columbia, Canada
Darcy was among the first LH-Certified Hoof Care Professionals in Canada.
Sarah Graves, CHCP
John Graves, MHCP (Retired; See above) thankfully passed on his considerable skill and knowledge to his daughter Sarah. LH is very pleased to continue to have a Graves for an instructor.