Integrating Hoof & Body Health



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 relationships between hoof, mind, and body are reciprocal and inseparable. Factors that affect the health of one, either directly or indirectly, affect the health of the others.

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.



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 new hoof care certification program for zoo professionals, and a Masterclass designed exclusively for veterinarians, animal chiropractic practitioners, and vet techs who want to know about hoof function and its inter-relationships with the mind, body, and environment.

Advanced Seminar for Equine Clinicians

The Masterclass

This is an AAVSB- (Registry of Approved Continuing Education, RACE), AVCA-, and IVCA-Approved CE seminar. The seminar is designed especially for and limited to equine veterinarians, equine chiropractic practitioners, equine veterinary technicians, and hoofstock veterinarian zoo staff. 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 & Certification For Zoo Professionals

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 certification program.




  • October 12 – October 15, 2023:   Masterclass.  White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, Arizona.  This is an AAVSB- (Registry of Approved Continuing Education, RACE), AVCA-, and IVCA-approved CE seminar. Registration is closed.
  • *April 28 – May 3, 2024:   International Gateway To Hoof Care Clinic.  White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, Arizona. Registration is open.

*All three equine hoof care programs and the program for zoo professionals begin with the Gateway Clinic. After attending a Gateway Clinic, all other phases of the hoof care training programs are scheduled at the convenience of students and instructors.